United States Coast Guard Academy
About United States Coast Guard Academy
The United States Coast Guard Academy, the smallest of the five U.S. federal military academies, is a highly selective institution of higher learning located in New London, Connecticut. New London is a seaport city and a port of entry on the northeast coast of the United States. It is located at the mouth of the Thames River. The Arboretum at Connecticut College in New London is a 750 acre arboretum and botanical garden. The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is also located on the Connecticut College campus, boasting a permanent collection of over 15,000 objects includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, furniture, decorative arts, and American art from the 18th through 20th centuries. It is just one of the many art galleries the city has to offer. For lovers of the beach, New London offers Ocean Beach Park. It is a sugar sand beach with boardwalk attractions including carousel classic rides, the Family Fun Center Arcade, a large Olympic pool, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a sandbar lounge and deck, a banquet facility and picnic pavilion, food and concession stands, a gift shop, a nature walk, and a playground for the children.
USCGA offers a 4-year BS degree in naval architecture and marine engineering. The program provides a strong foundational study of engineering, mathematics, and sciences. The program emphasizes development of the student's ability to understand and apply engineering principles to the design and analysis of surface ships. Students learn through hands-on engineering applications including computer-aided design and analysis methods, featuring a blend of theoretical and practical engineering education.
The major offers several 6-week summer internships at any of several U.S. Coast Guard units currently performing work for the fleet and industry. Students are also afforded an opportunity for Directed Studies in the major, conducting individual or small team engineering research under the close guidance of a faculty member.Seniors are encouraged to participate in capstone design courses, giving them the opportunity to apply what they've learned to find solutions to real-world engineering problems. Within the course, teams of cadets develop an integrated vessel package, including the design and analysis of the ship¡¦s hull, living spaces and propulsion system, to meet the needs of the Coast Guard or maritime industry. Required core curriculum includes nautical science, engineering materials science, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, principles of Naval architecture, principles of ship design, and oceanography.
Like the other U.S. federal service academies, students at USCGA receive a full scholarship and graduates serve in the military for at least five years after graduation. Tuition, room and board are paid for by the government. All candidates who accept an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy must submit $3,000 to cover the cost of uniforms, school supplies and other necessary items. Other than this initial deposit, there are no additional fees for Academy cadets. In addition, all cadets receive an annual payment furnished by the government for uniforms, equipment, textbooks, and other expenses acquired during training, including a portion set aside for the cadets' personal expenses.
The Academy offers a holistic education including academics, physical fitness, character and leadership. Graduates go directly to positions of leadership in "The Shield of Freedom," one of the most admired organizations in the world. The Academy also features a picturesque waterfront campus and an impressive teacher-student ratio, one faculty member for every nine students, instilling a traditional small college feel. Available campus resources include the Institute for Leadership, the Leadership Development Center, and Personnel Support Services for personnel rotating into the Academy, those currently serving at the Academy or nearby, and retired Coast Guard personnel in the area. The campus also offers many activities and clubs in the areas of academics and leadership, diversity and fellowship, music, special interest, sports and leisure, community and campus pride, theater, and club sports. There are also 15 varsity sports teams for which cadets are encouraged to try out.