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Academy at a Glance
Fast Facts
  • One of the smallest of the five U.S. federal military academies
  • Four-year Bachelor of Science degree program
  • Founded in 1876 aboard the schooner Dobbin 
  • Highly selective
  • No tuition
  • No congressional nomination necessary
  • Holistic education includes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership
  • Multiple roles of multi-mission, maritime Coast Guard accommodate diverse interests
  • Two graduates are NASA astronauts
  • 80% of graduates go to graduate school (most paid for by the Coast Guard)
  • 85% of graduates choose to serve beyond their five-year commitment

Key Stats (as of September, 2015) 

Corps of Cadets 

  • 912 cadets enrolled
  • 50 states and D.C and 13 foreign nations represented
  • 100% of students housed on campus
  • 25 varsity athletic teams (Division III)
  • 35% of cadets are women
  • 32% of cadets are minorities
  • 1 faculty member for every 7 students
  • 18 cadets in an average class

Class of 2019 

  • 1,948 completed the application process
  • 388 appointments were offered
  • 291 cadets were sworn in. 287 U.S. Citizens.
  • 45% in the top 10% of high school class
  • 79% in the top 25% of high school class
  • 96% in the top 50% of high school class
  • 86% earned a varsity letter in high school
  • 71% were team captains in high school
  • 28% have a parent who has served in the military
  • 34% attended Academy Introductory Mission (summer intro program between junior and senior year of high school)
  • 12% attended the CGA Scholars (prep) program
  • 80% intend a technical major
  • 225/300 was the average applicant PFE score
  • 20% were band, 5% performing arts members
  • Standardized Test Scores:
    • Median SAT: Math 649, Critical Reading 613, Writing 605
    • Median ACT: Math 28, English 29, Combined 26, Composite 28