Regarding USAFAPS Appointments

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by blakeUSAFA18hopeful, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. blakeUSAFA18hopeful

    blakeUSAFA18hopeful Member

    Apr 1, 2013
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    Quick question regarding appointments to the USAFAPS! I am currently going through the admissions process to USAFA. My ACT scores are; English 32, Reading 34, Science 28, and Mathematics (which will seal my fate) 20. I am an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, a black belt in taekwondo, an active volunteer at my church, a disaster relief volunteer for the Red Cross, Student Union Chair, was captain of cross country team freshman and sophomore year, and have made the honor role in my sophomore and junior year. Because my math score doesn't meet the minimum requirement for the Academy, am I even in the pool for an appointment to USAFAPS? I've been going to a math tutor every day after school for a few months now and I even took a math course over this past summer in an attempt to raise my score. Basically, do I have a shot at USAFAPS? Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

  2. falconfamily

    falconfamily 5-Year Member

    Jan 28, 2011
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    In general, the mission of the Prep School at USAFA is to foster diversity applicants, prior enlisteds, applicants that might require some seasoning (i.e. high GPA, low test scores. IC's, etc) The admissions office makes the offer (based upon their selection matrix), there are also things like the Falcon Scholarship where a candidate is sponsored to attend one of a select group of Prep Schools. If none of these are offered to you, there is also the choice of attending one of the private prep schools on your own (free agent). The fact is sponsored or not sponsored, you have to perform in prep school in order to earn an appointment at USAFA or any Service Academy.

    That said, you really need to think about what your goal is (USAFA, AF, paid education, etc) and consider if USAFA is a good fit. If the AF is your goal there are many ways to get there (AFROTC, OTS). At USAFA for the first 2 years, you are basically an engineering student, with less time to study than any peer at a civilian college. To make this even more daunting, for reasons known only to the most obtuse, at USAFA they take away one of your most valuable tools that you learned to use in high school and are allowed to do your standardized testing with (SAT, ACT), the graphing/scientific calculator and replace it with a $3 "honorator". Then just to make your life more miserable, they force you to do some of your most important calc assignments on a fiendishly frustrating online system that would make the Obamacare website seem like Then if you survive Calc I, the first thing they do in Calc II is slam you early on with the Functional Skills Exam which can substantially reduce your grade if you do not pass it. Point is that Math is not easy at USAFA, it might actually be needlessly difficult. If you struggle at math, USAFA seems to find ways to make it even more of a struggle.

    Thus the fit and goal comment, cadets who are "C" students at USAFA might well be Dean's list students at any other college without an "A" at the end of their name (USAFA, USCGA, USNA, USMA, USMMA). Perhaps more so at USAFA than others for reasons already stated. So consider your choice carefully, and remember that you still fly, be in the AF, get commissioned, no matter if you are an ROTC officer, or a OTS grad, it is a different path, but you can end up in the same place. The point is to find a path that will allow you to thrive.

    Good luck,
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2013
  3. Buff-IP

    Buff-IP USAFA '88 Pilot

    Jul 22, 2013
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    You can continue to take the ACT and SAT to improve your scores... USAFA will take the best numbers.

    As for the PS, needs of the AF.

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