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United States Coast Guard Academy Reviews

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  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 1 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Coast Guard Police and private security firm. Very safe.

    Greek Life

    Non-existent. But the barracks is pretty much like a big frat house. Without the parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and activities, but it's hard to keep up with such a busy military and academic schedule.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to be in the military and are academically driven, or students who want or need a structured environment to succeed.

    Bang for the buck

    No tution, no student loans, free meals, guaranteed job for 5 years afterwards.

    What to do for fun

    Hanging out with friends, both in and out of the barracks. There isn't much to do in New London, so spending time with your friends is the best way to pass the time.

    Food and Dining

    The food served in the Academy wardroom is decent, and when you realize it's free, it becomes even better. However, eating the same place gets old every now and then, so there are several good restaurants that deliver to the Academy.

    Dorm Life

    Pros: You live with everyone. Cons: You live with everyone. There are only 1000 students here, so you tend to recognize a lot of faces. We are a military institution, so there are room standards that are upheld.

    Academic Rigor

    Extremely structured school days, combined with military trainings.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to any Coast Guard Officer or current Coast Guard Academy Cadet to get a real idea of what life's going to be like. Apply to the USCGA AIM Summer Program to have a week of Coast Guard Academy Basic Training.

    In three sentences

    While USCGA is physically, emotionally and mentally draining, it is beyond a doubt one of the most rewarding experiences in a lifetime. Not for the faint of heart, but for those who are determined to make more of themselves.

  • 07/17/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    6 out of 16 people found this review useful. 2 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Are you one to sirpase, one to excel, and one to go the extra mile? Well then the sea is your Braking Point! Come on and explore the advenchers of a life time, and see if your up for the task at hand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't ever take No for an answer! Remember to always fight for what you want! Strive hard in everything you do to make yourself known! And always get back up if you get knocked down!

  • 03/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 7 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 3 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college is for determined students that want to serve others, possibly save them, and don't want to go kill in Afghanistan etc

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare for the fitness test!

    Bang for the buck

    the $3,000 entry fee was removed in november 2010, so there is no expense to you

    Will enjoy being here

    Beautiful waterfront campus

  • 08/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 4 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Perfect for students who love the water and a very structured lifestyle. After graduation, you have the chance to become a commanding officer aboard a CG vessel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the USCGA to get a feel if you will fit in or not. When in doubt, you can always contact someone in admissions.

    Bang for the buck

    Who can beat a free education???

    Will enjoy being here

    Beautiful campus with state of the art equipment.

    Will learn a lot

    Top notch education from highly educated civilians and officers.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 5 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The criteria food in the Ward Room is really good. There's always plenty of food at no charge. There's always a cereal, yogurt, salad, and juice bar available. There's something for everyone!

    Dorm Life

    All students live in one dorm room building, Chase hall. Male rooms and Females rooms are integrated. Everyone is close by and there are peer tutors available for extra help. The academy has a close family feel between all students.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load at the Academy is extremely tough. The Academy offers every student a bachelors of science degree, so everyone takes the same physics, chemistry, and math courses. Each semester is at least 16 credits and everyone graduates in 4 years.

    Tips for prospective students

    To get into the Coast guard academy students must be physically fit. Students should join a sports team and be involved in as many extracurricular activities as possible, such as boy scouts, girl scouts, clubs, student council and police explorers. Leadership positions also really help you get into the academy. Endeavor to be a captain of a sports team or president of a club.

    In three sentences

    The Coast Guard Academy is an institute for leadership. This is no ordinary college. The primary mission is to develop young leaders into mentally tough, physically fit and academically strong officers in the Coast Guard.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    none

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to go above and beyond a college education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    4/C Year (freshman) is filled with things that you don't want to do and strange rules.

    Bang for the buck

    It's free... and you get paid!

    What to do for fun

    The New London area is a pretty decent walk around. There are several good restaurants within walking distance of the Academy. On the weekends there is a bus that takes cadets FOR FREE around New London and New Haven. It makes stops at the train station, movie theater, and the Crystal Mall.

    Food and Dining

    Food here is good. The main dining hall is where you eat for Breakfast and Lunch, but there is a small restaurant below Leamy Hall that has the best Chicken Tenders and Burgers I have had.

    Dorm Life

    All the cadets here are great people. Everyone wants to help out one another. There are some very strict rules in the dorm though.

    Academic Rigor

    The Classes here are four times the rigor of any AP class I took in high school. The homework overload is sometimes a tad overbearing, but the best feeling is getting an A on the exam after all the work you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared of the military aspect. If your time management is good then the workloads are easy to balance.

    In three sentences

    The Coast Guard Academy is a highly competitive school both academically and militarily. I have been faced with my hardest challenges here. I would make the choice to come here a thousand times over.