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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, 2014) 

Corps of Cadets 

  • 896 cadets enrolled
  • 48 states and D.C and 15 foreign nations represented
  • 100% of students housed on campus
  • 23 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 2018 

  • 2,096 completed the application process
  • 379 appointments were offered
  • 263 cadets were sworn in. 256 U.S. Citizens.
  • 40% in the top 10% of high school class
  • 76% in the top 25% of high school class
  • 97% in the top 50% of high school class
  • 81% earned a varsity letter in high school
  • 64% were team captains in high school
  • 38% have a parent who has served in the military
  • 30% attended Academy Introductory Mission (summer intro program between junior and senior year of high school)
  • 9% attended the CGA Scholars (prep) program
  • 87% intend a technical major
  • 217/300 was the average applicant PFE score
  • 20% were band, 6% performing arts members
  • Standardized Test Scores:
    • Median SAT: Math 640, Critical Reading 620, Writing 610
    • Median ACT: Math 28, English 28, Writing 26, Composition 28