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Academy at a Glance


  • Founded in 1876 aboard the schooner Dobbin
  • Smallest of the U.S. federal military academies
  • Holistic education includes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership


  • Highly selective
  • No congressional nomination necessary
  • No tuition

Corps of Cadets (Statistics as of September 2019)

  • 1069 cadets enrolled
  • 38% of cadets are women
  • 34% of cadets are minorities
  • 50 states, D.C. and 19 foreign nations typically represented
  • 100% of students housed on campus


  • Four-year Bachelor of Science degree program
  • 65% graduate in a STEM major
  • Average class size: 16 cadets
  • Student-faculty ratio: 8:1
  • One of “America’s Top Colleges” – U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes
  • #11 “Undergraduate Engineering Program” – U.S. News and World Report
  • #10 “Top STEM College” – Forbes


  • 25 varsity athletic teams (Division III)
  • 62% of cadets play on varsity teams


  • 100% job placement
  • 80% of graduates go to graduate school (paid for by the Coast Guard)
  • 85% of graduates choose to serve beyond their five-year commitment
  • Three graduates are NASA astronauts
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