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Ways to Volunteer

The primary role of the Academy Admissions Partner is to refer young people with interest in attending the Coast Guard Academy to their Admissions Officer.

Academy Admissions Partners choose their level of volunteer commitment. Typically, Academy Admissions Partners volunteer 10 to 16 hours of their time per year. Even if you only have two hours to volunteer, you can help make a difference. Volunteer activities include:

  • Communicating the benefits of an Academy education to high school counselors and teachers
  • Representing the Academy at local college fairs
  • Conducting applicant interviews
  • Presenting appointments at high school graduations


Academy Admissions Partners are needed for these events more than any other. During a college fair, you would stand at the booth collecting student information, distributing materials, and answering questions. Your time commitment for one college fair would be approximately 2 to 3 hours.


Congressional appointments are not required for admission to the CGA; however, as one of the national service academies, we are invited to each Congressional service academy event. During an event, you would deliver a short presentation and meet with prospective cadets and their families. Your time commitment for one event would be approximately 2 to 3 hours.


The Academy cultivates relationships with high school teachers and counselors through outreach and school visits. During your visit, you may meet with teachers, counselors, coaches, or small groups of prospective cadets. Your time commitment for one high school visit would be approximately 2 to 3 hours.


Interviews with prospective cadets are an important part of the application process and are weighed in the decision to admit or deny an applicant. Your time commitment for one prospective cadet interview would be approximately 2 hours.


In May and June of every year, Academy Admissions Partners are asked to make appointment presentations in their local area, usually in conjunction with high school graduation or award ceremonies. Your time commitment for one appointment presentation would be approximately 2 to 3 hours.


AIM is the Academy’s largest recruiting initiative and offers 550 rising high school seniors the chance to attend a one-week Academy emersion program at CGA. During AIM you would assist with logistics, supervision and support roles. Your time commitment for one week of AIM would be approximately 7 days, Saturday-Sunday, in July.

Indicate your interest in volunteering and becoming an Academy Admissions Partner by completing the online registration request. The Associate Director for Volunteer Programs or a member of the Admissions team will contact you to discuss the program and how you can help.

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