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Application Requirements
Unlike the other federal service academies, the Coast Guard Academy does not require a Congressional nomination. To be considered for admission, you must submit all required application material by January 15 of the year of entrance (October 15 of the year prior to entrance for Early Action consideration).


You are eligible to apply for the Coast Guard Academy if you are: 

  • A U.S. citizen of sound moral character
  • Unmarried with no dependents or financial debt
  • 17-22 years of age on July 1 of the year of entry
  • A high school graduate or GED recipient (or will be prior to entry) 

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may want to consider applying to be an International Cadet. 

Online Application - the initial application data that allows us to start a file on you

Essays - available online as part of the online application

Required Forms - available online as you complete the online application

  • High school transcript(s)
  • Math instructor letter of recommendation
  • English instructor letter of recommendation
  • Guidance counselor letter of recommendation
  • Physical Fitness Examination (PFE)
  • Official ACT or SAT scores (Essay/Writing scores are recommended, but not required)

Medical Exam 

Though not required for review of your application, a qualifying DoDMERB Medical Exam must be on file before an appointment to the Academy can be offered. 

Supplemental Forms 

  • Commanding Officer recommendation (if currently serving in the military)
  • College transcript(s) (if you are or were in college)
  • Resume
  • Up to two optional letters of recommendation


There is no minimum test score requirement for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Successful candidates usually score at least 1100 combined Critical Reading (Verbal) and Math on the SAT, or have an ACT Composite of at least 24.

To send your scores from the testing agency, contact SAT or ACT, or list our code when you take the test. Our SAT code is 5807 and our ACT code is 0600.