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The USCGA is ranked #1 in Regional Colleges (North), US News & World Report Best Colleges 2011. And it is rated one of America’s best undergraduate experiences, according to The Princeton Review. It is the only federal military service academy to provide a traditional small college feel.
With an 8-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio and a typical class size of 20 or fewer, the USCGA provides ample student access to leading civilian and military faculty in five academic departments: Engineering, Humanities, Management, Mathematics and Science.
The USCGA is devoted not just to the intellectual, character and professional development of cadets, but also to cadets’ physical health and wellness. Daily sports, physical education classes, and required co-curricular physical activity are considered key in leadership development.
During their summers, USCGA Cadets receive professional hands-on training and participate in actual Coast Guard missions across the country. Combined with over 65 campus clubs and organizations, Cadets forge strong bonds that last well beyond graduation.
The Academy is situated on a classic New England college campus, where white-columned red brick walls blend with sleek modern architecture and historical monuments stand alongside state-of-the-art technology.
Facilities and Resources
The USCGA sits on more than 100 acres with sweeping hillside views of the Thames River and is the resident campus for the Corps of Cadets. It is also home to the Coast Guard Leadership Development Center, Coast Guard Museum, Coast Guard Band, and home port for the Barque Eagle, the largest tall ship in America’s active military services.
Campus amenities include extensive indoor and outdoor athletic facilities bordering the waterfront, which houses the Sailing and rowing centers. The Academy library occupies approximately 32,500 square feet and boasts a permanent collection that includes nearly 178,000 print and audiovisual items.
Athletics / Sports
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is devoted not just to the intellectual, character and professional development of cadets, but also to cadets’ physical health and wellness. A daily sports period, physical education classes, and required co-curricular physical activity are considered key in the overall development of outstanding leaders.
USCGA offers most mainstream sports and several especially suited to an aquatics-based service academy and boasts an intercollegiate program that is one of the broadest in NCAA Division III with 11 men’s, nine women’s and three co-educational varsity sports.
Financial Aid / Tuition
Students pursuing highly competitive baccalaureate programs at the Academy not only enjoy free tuition, room and board (paid for by the government), but also benefit from guaranteed leadership positions in the U.S. Coast Guard after graduation—with excellent pay and benefits.
All Cadets additionally receive pay totaling over $11,000 per year for uniforms, equipment, textbooks, and other expenses incidental to training. Each Cadet receives a portion of his or her monthly pay for personal expenses. Any funds remaining in their accounts are given to them upon graduation.
Admission to the USCGA is a highly selective process, which annually identifies the best 400 candidates from a pool of over 5,000 applicants. Though a Congressional nomination is not required for admission, those who are accepted typically have proven academic accomplishment—particularly in math and the sciences—athletic skills, community service, motivation to embrace leadership development and an unwavering desire to serve their country and humanity.
Students who have completed high school junior year can attend the Academy Introduction Mission (AIM), an intense one-week, action-packed summer program. They live as Cadets on campus, and get an overview of life in a military academy.