The Airforce Academy is a great choice if you are oriented to military life. If being in the military does not suit your personality (it’s not for everyone) then there is nothing wrong with the “civilian” route. There are many colleges and universities that offer aviation programs such as Professional Pilot and Air Traffic Controller. Also, one does not necessarily need to attend an aviation university for becoming an airline pilot. I know many pilots that trained at a local flight school and attended a regular university. First decide if you want to spend about 10 years in the military, and if so, find out the requirements to be selected to the Airforce Academy. If not, take a look online at the universities that offer aviation programs. Hope this helps.