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The Cadet Experience Unparalleled

The Coast Guard Academy experience is like no other. It goes above and beyond to provide an elite education in an exclusive environment where expectations are high. Ours is an integrated academic, athletic, and military experience—unmatched at any other college, or at any other academy. Each cadet’s story is unique, but key aspects of life at the Academy are shared by all cadets throughout their four-year experience.

It is challenging.

All cadets study mathematics, science, nautical science, engineering, and liberal arts. There are no “easy” majors, and all cadets are expected to finish in four years. But when you’re finished, you’ll have an edge on other college graduates.

It is physical.

Unlike your typical college, all cadets are expected to participate in a sport. Physical fitness, teamwork, and competition are keys to success in the Coast Guard and in the real world. You’ll develop these attributes each day in our physical education courses and on our playing fields.

It is military.

This isn’t your parents’ college campus (unless they went to the Coast Guard Academy.) Ours is a residential military campus where cadets follow orders within a military chain of command. They start at the bottom and advance only if they earn the privilege. The experience is highly regimented and driven by shared commitments to honor, respect, and devotion to duty. That’s college exceeded.

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