In order to support its current student body and instill budget cuts, the Air Force Academy accepted fewer new cadets in 2011, maintaining their order to reduce the size of the Air Force Academy student body by 9 percent.
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The Future of Air Force Academy Enrollment

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If you are considering enrollment in the Air Force Academy, you need to be aware that while the Air Force welcomes qualified recruits, the competition among those wanting to enroll in the Air Force Academy becomes more and more challenging.

For 2011, in an attempt to cut spending, the US government mandated the Air Force Academy to institute a budget cut of about $41 million, or 12.2 percent.

In order to support its current student body and instill budget cuts, the Air Force Academy accepted fewer new cadets in 2011, maintaining their order to reduce the size of the Air Force Academy student body by 9 percent.

The goal of class size reduction was adopted towards achieving a higher objective: to allocate resources to current students without having to cut corners in the Air Force Academy program.

Air Force Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael Gould stated that this objective required reducing total enrollment from 4,400 to 4,000 by Oct. 1, 2011. The incoming fall class of 2011 numbered 1,120, down from about 1,285 in fall 2010. The freshman class of 2012 freshman class is set at about 1,050.

If the same or increased numbers of recruits continue to apply to the Air Force Academy, reduced acceptance will most likely tighten the selection process. Expect as well that the competition and standards for acceptance into the Air Force Academy will rise to meet the challenge of this goal.



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