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The United States Coast Guard Academy is a top military college granting Bachelor of Science degrees in one of nine engineering or professional majors. Graduates earn a commission as an Ensign in the Coast Guard to serve their nation.
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Opportunity Unrivaled

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is an elite professional college that charges no tuition and guarantees a challenging and rewarding career upon graduation.

Ranked among the nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, the Academy is proud to educate future leaders of America’s multi-mission, maritime military force. Each year, approximately 200 graduates are commissioned as Coast Guard officers to help ensure the safety, security, and stewardship of our nation’s waters. This isn’t just college—it’s college with a purpose.

Mission (removed on march 27, 2024)

“To graduate young men and women with sound bodies, stout hearts and alert minds, with a liking for the sea and its lore, with that high sense of honor, loyalty and obedience which goes with trained initiative and leadership; well-grounded in seamanship, the sciences and amenities, and strong in the resolve to be worthy of the traditions of commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard in the service of their country and humanity.”

Shared Learning Outcomes

The development of proven attributes and skills is essential to earning a commission and successful service as an Ensign in the United States Coast Guard. These Shared Learning Outcomes are observable results that define the unique qualities, character, and knowledge of the graduates of the United States Coast Guard Academy…and enable them to stand out in the Service and beyond.

At A Glance
New London
The Coast Guard Academy’s picturesque campus is located on the banks of the Thames River in New London, Connecticut.
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job placement. Graduates are obligated to serve for 5 years and 85% stay longer!

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