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United States Coast Guard Academy

Located halfway between New York and Boston in New London, CT, the United States Coast Guard Academy (the smallest of the five service academies) provides a physically, personally, and academically rigorous education. The 1000 or so cadets here study programs including engineering and management, and their professors are among the few who can claim to have busted drug smugglers.

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Offers Baccalaureate Degrees, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science

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Located halfway between New York and Boston in New London, CT, the United States Coast Guard Academy (the smallest of the five service academies) provides a physically, personally, and academically rigorous education. The 1000 or so cadets here study programs including engineering and management, and their professors are among the few who can claim to have busted drug smugglers.

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United States Coast Guard Academy says

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is proud to educate leaders of a multi-mission, maritime military force. As a commissioned officer in the Coast Guard, you will be leading a team of men and women who are continually called on to serve their community, country and fellow citizens.

While the United States Coast Guard is notable as the oldest life-saving service in the world, its roles include more than just Maritime Safety and Security. The Coast Guard is also called upon for critical service in protection of natural resources, maritime mobility (management of maritime traffic, commerce and navigation) and national defense. spacer

At our beautiful campus on the Thames River in New London, Connecticut, the Academy provides a four-year Bachelor of Science degree program with a full scholarship for each individual. Each year, approximately 200 ensigns (or junior officers) are commissioned during graduation exercises in May.

Following graduation, newly commissioned ensigns report for duty aboard cutters and at sector offices in ports nationwide. Graduates of the academy are obligated to serve five years in the U.S. Coast Guard, though many choose to stay and make a rewarding, life-long career of their maritime military service.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 902
Gender 66% Male / 34% Female
Geography 6% In State / 94% Out of State / 2% International
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 71%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 5%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates and is mandatory for freshman. No cars. No pets.

100% of students live on-campus.

100% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Mandatory
  • Housing Offered
  • Wellness Housing

Activities

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Yearbook
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Ensembles
  • Pep Band
  • Drama/Theater
  • Campus Ministries
  • Model UN

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center pre-admission summer program reduced course load remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, dorms, libraries dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections computer repair service available on campus student web hosting available wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling chaplain/spiritual director career counseling health services legal services minority students services on-campus daycare personal counseling placement services for graduates veteran's counselor
  • Facilities: museum, 295-foot-tall ship, ship navigation simulation facilities with bridge simulator, 10,000 gallon circulating water channel, ship model towing tank, observatory with reflector telescope
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major visiting/exchange student program independent study internships cross-registration english as a second language (esl) honors program
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Oceanography, Chemical and Physical (18%), Political Science and Government (18%), Business Administration and Management (18%), Operations Research (13%), Mechanical Engineering (9%), Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (7%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Sales Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.
Administrative Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.
Industrial Production Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.
Construction Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Cost Estimators
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Management Analysts
Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Bachelor's

A program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of structural, load-bearing, material moving, transportation, water resource, and material control systems; and environmental safety measures.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Civil Engineers
Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of electrical and electronic systems and their components, including electrical power generation systems; and the analysis of problems such as superconductor, wave propagation, energy storage and retrieval, and reception and amplification.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Aerospace Engineers
Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.
Electrical Engineers
Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of physical systems used in manufacturing and end-product systems used for specific uses, including machine tools, jigs and other manufacturing equipment; stationary power units and appliances; engines; self-propelled vehicles; housings and containers; hydraulic and electric systems for controlling movement; and the integration of computers and remote control with operating systems.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Cost Estimators
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Aerospace Engineers
Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.
Mechanical Engineers
Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on the scientific study of the chemical components, mechanisms, structure, and movement of ocean waters and their interaction with terrestrial and atmospheric phenomena. Includes instruction in material inputs and outputs, chemical and biochemical transformations in marine systems, equilibria studies, inorganic and organic ocean chemistry, oceanographic processes, sediment transport, zone processes, circulation, mixing, tidal movements, wave properties, and seawater properties.

Job Opportunities:

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers
Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth's internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.
Hydrologists
Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in the physical sciences, except chemistry and physics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on the development and application of complex mathematical or simulation models to solve problems involving operational systems, where the system concerned is subject to human intervention. Includes instruction in advanced multivariate analysis, application of judgment and statistical tests, optimization theory and techniques, resource allocation theory, mathematical modeling, control theory, statistical analysis, and applications to specific research problems.

Job Opportunities:

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Operations Research Analysts
Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.

Bachelor's

A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Political Scientists
Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

Superintendent Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz
Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 157
Student : Faculty Ratio 7 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 71 : 28
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 31
Tenure Track Faculty 7
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 50
No Status Faculty 10

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Calculus AB 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Calculus BC 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Chemistry 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Macroeconomics 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 77/100
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Acceptance Rate: 16.5% accepted of 1,992 applications

94% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
80% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
47% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite25 - 30
English24 - 30
Math26 - 31
Writing7 - 8
 
SATMath620 - 690
Reading570 - 670
Writing560 - 650

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Standardized Test Scores, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Extracurricular Activities, Class Rank, Character Personal Qualities, Academic GPA

Important: Talent Ability, Recommendations, Application Essay

Also Considered: Work Experience, Volunteer Work, State Residency, Religious Affiliation Commitment, Racial Ethnic Status, Level Of Applicants Interest, Interview, Geographical Residence, First Generation College Student, Alumni Relation

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
Science Lab 3 0
English 4 0
Math 4 0
Science 3 4

Other Application Information: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates SAT or ACT SAT Subject Tests

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

88% of students graduated on time.

91% of students graduated in six years.

94% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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Athletics

Athletics

United States Coast Guard Academy participates in the NCAA Division III for college athletics.

Sport Contact
Wrestling Steve Eldridge (Get recruited )
Lacrosse Gary Weller (Get recruited )
Track and Field and Cross Country Ethan Brown (Get recruited )
Basketball Kevin Jaskiewicz (Get recruited )
Baseball C.C. Grant (Get recruited )
Soccer Chris Parsons (Get recruited )
Sport Coach
Volleyball Aylene Ilkson (Get recruited )
Soccer Susan Grant (Get recruited )
Softball Donna Koczajowski (Get recruited )

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Rankings

Forbes

#114 America's Top Colleges

The Princeton Review

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#3 Colleges: Is That a Dorm?
#3 Colleges: College City Gets Low Marks
#3 Colleges: Best-Run Colleges
#5 Colleges: This is a Library?
#9 Colleges: Stone-Cold-Sober Schools
#11 Colleges: Everyone Plays Intramural Sports
#14 Colleges: Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution
#15 Colleges: Least Happy Students
#16 Colleges: Most Conservative Students
N/A Best Colleges (Northeastern)
N/A Colleges: Best Value Colleges for 2014 - Public

U.S. News & World Report

#1 Regional Colleges North Rankings
#1 Regional Colleges North Top Public Rankings
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