United States Coast Guard Academy

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Basic Information

Address: 31 Mohegan Avenue New London, CT 06320
Phone Number: 800.883.8724
Fax Number: 860.701-6700
President: Rear Admiral J. Scott Burhoe - Superintendent
Principal: NA
Admissions Director: Captain Stephan Finton

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Additional Information

School Type: Military Academy
Founded: 1876
School Setting:

Located in New London, Connecticut along the Thames River. The Academy is about two hours away from both Boston and New York and just across the street from Connecticut College.

School Schedule (Hours in Day): Academic, Athletic and Military obligations from 0600 to 2000
School Days in Calendar Year: Two Academic Semesters and Summer Training Requirements

Military and Civillian

School Size: 1030
Classroom Size: 19
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1

0 (Tuition Free)

Financial Aid:

Not Needed




Civil Engineering
Environmental or Structural

Electrical Engineering
Computer or Systems

International Affairs or Public Policy


Marine and Environmental Sciences
Bio-Environmental, Chem-Environmental or Physical

Mechanical Engineering

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Operations Research and Computer Analysis (Applied Mathematics)

Percentage of Graduating Class: 72% (Last 3-Years Average Graduation Rate)
Support Services:

Academic Advising, Academic Orientation, Cadet Acdemic Advisory Board, Cadet Academic Assistance Program, Writing/Reading Center, International Council, Peer Tutor Program

Camp Programs: Yes
Summer School: No
Computer Capabilities:

New students are provided laptops.

School Championships:

See www.cgasports.com

School Clubs:

Activities and Clubs ACADEMICS and LEADERSHIP

Alpha Lambda Delta
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Cadet Law Society
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Group
Mock Trial Club
Model United Nations
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
DIVERSITY and FELLOWSHIP cultural and faith-based groups

Asian Pacific American Club
Genesis Club
International Council
Compass Catholic Youth Group
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Hillel Jewish Club
Latter Day Saints Group (Mormon)
Officers' Christian Fellowship
St. Francis De Sales (Catholic)
MUSIC vocal and instrumental

Glee Club
Fairwinds (women)
Idlers (men)
Gospel Choir
Catholic and Protestant Choirs
Regimental Marching Band
NiteCaps Jazz Band
Pep Band
Concert Band
Pipe and Drum Band
Polished Brass Quintet
Saxations Sax Quartet
PRIDE campus spirit and community building

Dance Team
Drill Team
Social Committee
Tide Rips Yearbook Committee
Windjammers Drum and Bugle Corps


Amateur Radio
Combat Arms
Emergency Medical Services
Film and Anime
Sandhurst Competition

Body Scultping
Flag Football
International Ballroom Dance
Marine Corps Marathon
Martial Arts
Ski and Snowboard
Ultimate Frisbee


Boxing Club
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse (Men's)
Lacrosse (Women's)
Rugby (Men's)
Rugby (Women's)
Volleyball (Men's)
Water Polo

Also learn about
USCGA Athletics and its
15 Varsity sports teams

School Holidays: All Federal Holidays
Notable Graduates:

Astronaut Daniel C. Burbank, Commadant Thad Allen

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Sevaral lots are available on campus for faculty, staff, visitors and cadets.

Uniform Guidelines:

Cadets proudly wear the uniform of the U.S. Coast Guard. There are a variety of uniform styles - ranging from practical work attire to black tie formalwear - to ensure cadets are in appropriate dress for different duty situations and social functions.

All cadets receive a monthly stipend, a portion of which is intended for the purchase and maintenance of their uniforms.

Admissions Requirements:

You are eligible to apply for the Coast Guard Academy if you are:

A U.S. citizen of sound moral character
Unmarried with no dependents or financial debt
17-22 years of age on July 1 of the year of entry
A high school graduate or GED recipient (or will be prior to entry)

Admissions Deadline: February 1
Mission Statement:

"The United States Coast Guard Academy is committed to strengthening the nation's future by educating, developing, training, and inspiring leaders of character who are ethically, intellectually, professionally, and physically prepared to serve their country and humanity, and who are strong in their resolve to build on the long military and maritime heritage and proud accomplishments of the United States Coast Guard."

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

In 1994 the Coast Guard formally articulated the core values that the service holds dear. These are embraced here at the academy as well. Our core values are:

Honor - Integrity is our standard. We demonstrate uncompromising ethical conduct and moral behavior in all our personal actions. We are loyal and accountable to the public trust.

Respect - We value our diverse work force. We treat each other with fairness, dignity, and compassion. We encourage individual opportunity and growth. We encourage creativity through empowerment. We work as a team.

Devotion to Duty - We are professionals, military and civilian, who seek responsibility, accept accountability, and are committed to the successful achievement of our organizational goals. We exist to serve. We serve with pride.

Program and Services:

Academic Advising, Academic Orientation, Cadet Acdemic Advisory Board, Cadet Academic Assistance Program, Writing/Reading Center, International Council, Peer Tutor Program

School History:

The Revenue Marine - 1790
The roots of today's Coast Guard were established in 1790 by Alexander Hamilton (that's him on the ten dollar bill). Hamilton proposed the formation of the Revenue Marine, a seagoing military service that would:
enforce customs and navigation laws
collect tariffs
hail in-bound ships
make inspections
certify manifests
Education at Sea - 1876
The first Coast Guard Academy (then called the Revenue Cutter School of Instruction) was held aboard the two-masted topsail schooner Dobbin (see photo at right). The first class of nine cadets boarded the Dobbin in Baltimore, Maryland in 1876 for a two-year training mission.

Land-Based Campuses - 1890
The Coast Guard Academy was a shipboard operation until 1890 when the first land-based campus was established in Curtis Bay, Maryland. In 1910, the Academy moved to the Revolutionary War fort and Army post at Fort Trumbull in New London, Connecticut.

The Academy Today - 1915
The modern Academy was born in 1915 with the merger of the Life Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service. In 1932, the citizens of New London donated the present site to the Academy.

Notes/School Information:

Founded in 1876, the United States Coast Guard Academy has a proud tradition as one of the finest colleges in the country and is currently ranked among the best baccalaureate colleges in the region. Core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty provide the bedrock for the Academy's goals to develop leaders of character, groom fleet ready ensigns, and create lifelong learners. Cadets build lasting friendships, study with inspiring teachers in small classes, and train aboard America's Tall Ship EAGLE and on the most sophisticated ships and aircraft available. We offer 23 varsity sports - NCAA Division II.