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United States Coast Guard Academy

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1876
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Military, federal
    • Specialization:
    • Coast Guard 1
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 31 Mohegan Avenue, New London, Connecticut, United States, 06320
    • Phone:
    • +18008838724
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of United States Coast Guard Academy

The United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) is the service academy of the United States Coast Guard, founded in 1876 and located in New London, Connecticut. It is the smallest of the five federal service academies and provides education to future Coast Guard officers in one of eight major fields of study. Unlike the other service academies, however, admission to the Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination.

Students are officers-in-training and are referred to as cadets. Tuition for cadets is fully funded by the Coast Guard in exchange for an obligation of five years active duty service upon graduation. This obligation increases if the cadet chooses to go to flight school or graduate school. Approximately 250 cadets enter the academy each summer, with about 200 graduating. Graduates are commissioned as ensigns. The academic program grants a Bachelor of Science degree in one of eight majors, with a curriculum that grades cadets' performance upon a holistic education of academics, physical fitness, character, and leadership.

Cadets are required to adhere to the academy's "Honor Concept," "Who lives here reveres honor, honors duty," which is emblazoned in the halls of the academy's entrance. The academy's motto is Scientiæ cedit mare, which is Latin for "the sea yields to knowledge".

The Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, ABET, and AACSB for its various programs

Academic Highlights

All graduating cadets earn commissions as ensigns in the United States Coast Guard, as well as Bachelor of Science degrees. For that reason the academy maintains a core curriculum of science and professional development courses in addition to major-specific courses. Each cadet takes two semester of classes during the school year and then spends the majority of the summer in military training to produce officers of character with the requisite professional skills. Among these are courses in leadership, ethics, organizational behavior, and nautical science.

Life in United States Coast Guard Academy

The USCGA Athletic Department offers 24 intercollegiate sports for cadets. The academy's athletics teams generally compete in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Cadets devote two hours per academic day to athletic activities, either on varsity teams, club teams, or other sports pursuits. The academy nickname is the Bears, after the USRC Bear which made a dramatic rescue in Alaska in 1897, shortly after the opening of the academy.

School Ranking

United States Coast Guard Academy's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges North, #2.


United States Coast Guard Academy is a public institution that was founded in 1932. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,072, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 103 acres.

Notable Alumni

  • Worth G. Ross
  • William E. Reynolds
  • Elisworth P. Bertholf
  • Fredercik C. Billard 
  • Harry G. Hamlet 

Acceptance Rate 

United States Coast Guard Academy acceptance rate 15%

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