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United States Air Force Academy

The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA or Air Force) is an accredited college for the undergraduate education of officers for the United States Air Force. Its campus is located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States.

Graduates of the Academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and most are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. The Academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting more than a million visitors each year.


The Academy's mission is: To educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation." It is the youngest of the five United States service academies, having graduated its first class in 1959.

Academy Information

Motto: Character * Opportunity * Progress
Established: 1954
Type: Federal military academy
Superintendent: Lt Gen John F. Regni
Staff: 600 faculty
Undergraduates: 4,500
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Campus: 18,000 acres (73 km2)
Mascot: "The Bird"
Nickname: The Fighting Falcons

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