The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is the military academy of the U.S. Coast Guard. As educators of multi-mission maritime military personnel, the academy prepares men and women to serve their community in the oldest lifesaving service in the world. Today’s Coast Guard also serves to protect maritime mobility and national defense. The school’s four-year B.S. degree program focuses on academics, physical fitness, personal character, and leadership skills.
- College Type: Public
- Program Type: 4-Year Academy
- Campus Size: Small (under 5,000 students)
- Campus Setting: Urban
The highly selective school has no tuition; graduates are required to serve five years in the U.S. Coast Guard. After graduation, new ensigns serve on cutters or at sector offices in ports around the country. Each year, approximately 200 ensigns or junior officers are commissioned.
All students reside on the academy’s beautiful campus, which is set along the Thames River in New London, Connecticut. Social activities include the Alpha Lambda Delta, Cadet Law Society, Model United Nations, the Glee Club, Gospel Choir, Drum & Bugle Corps, and many others. Students also enjoy numerous sports activities, including basketball, body sculpting, fencing, scuba, and many others.