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United States Coast Guard Academy

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About United States Coast Guard Academy

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is proud to educate leaders of a multi-mission, maritime military force. Commissioned officers in the Coast Guard lead teams of men and women and 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.


Campus information

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is situated on a classic New England college campus where white-columned, red brick halls stand alongside monuments to history and stately grounds offer sweeping views of water and sky.

The region we call home has a long tradition of embracing the sea, the military and higher education. Our campus is on the waterfront, set upon rolling hills with meticulously manicured grounds. The living environment is secure, supportive and regimented.


The campus is located in New London, Connecticut, on 103 acres of land along the western shore of the Thames River. Halfway between New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, the Academy is easily accessible by plane, train, bus or car.

Additional info

At our beautiful campus on the Thames River in New London, Connecticut, the Academy, which is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 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.


Courses available 10

Agriculture Studies 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 1 Engineering 4 Humanities & Social Sciences 3


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