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ADMISSIONS
Selection
The Academy's broad program of intellectual, professional, physical, and character development prepares the future leaders of the Coast Guard and the United States of America.  Thus, we seek to enroll students of high moral character who have a background strong in academic, leadership, extracurricular, and athletic preparation. Each year, the Academy admits about 300 cadets from thousands of applicants. Each application is reviewed by the Cadet Candidate Evaluation Board, which conducts a thorough, holistic review. The board members pass their findings to the Director of Admissions, who makes an appointment recommendation to the Superintendent. All offers of appointment must be approved by the Superintendent.

Cadet Candidate Evaluation Board

Conducting a holistic review, board members consider the following questions when deciding to offer an appointment:
 

  • What is the applicant's potential to develop into a leader of character grounded in strong intellectual skills and a healthy disposition
  • Who will make the best use of the Academy's resources?
  • Who will have the motivation to stretch their capacity?
  • Who will enrich campus life for the benefit of other cadets and the Academy community?