What Are the Admissions Requirements for the United States Coast Guard Academy?

For admission into the United States Coast Guard Academy, eligible candidates must submit an online application and essay supplement. In addition, applicants must provide three letters of recommendation, high school transcript(s), a physical fitness examination, and official SAT/ACT with writing test scores.

In order to be deemed eligible, candidates must be United States citizens between the ages of 17 and 22, unmarried and without any dependents, and either high school graduates or recipients of a GED. Students who do not have U.S. citizenship are not eligible for regular admissions but can be eligible to apply to the International Cadet program.

CGA requires that the letters of recommendation come from an English instructor, math instructor, and guidance counselor. If you would like to provide supplemental materials with your application, CGA accepts up to two additional letters of recommendation, including those written by a Commanding Officer for those currently serving in the U.S. Military.

Although a medical exam is not required during the application process, applicants must have a qualifying exam on file with CGA before receiving an Academy appointment.

CGA does offer a non-binding early-action application for admissions, which does not prohibit application to other schools, provided you are compliant with each school's early-action/early-decision policies.