The United States Coast Guard Academy is a top military college granting Bachelor of Science degrees in one of eight engineering or professional majors. Graduates earn a commission as an Ensign in the Coast Guard to serve their nation.
Formation of the Revenue Cutter Service - to ensure the financial survival of the
United States. “A few armed vessels, stationed judiciously at the entrances of our
ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the law.” Alexander
Revenue Cutter School of Instruction – Underway. The first Academy wasn’t in New
London, it was on the water. Nine cadets sailed the topsail schooner DOBBIN from
Baltimore, MD on a two year training voyage.
Ashore in New London. In 1932, Cadets moved into Hamilton Hall, their first permanent
home ashore. Classes, barracks, and the library were all in this building.
America’s Tall Ship, Eagle. Seized as a war prize from Nazi
Germany, EAGLE left Bremerhaven and arrived in her new home in New London to serve
continuously ever since as a sail training ship for cadets.
Pioneer spirit. In 1966 Merle Smith graduated from the Academy,
the first African American to do so. Before earning his law degree, CDR Smith earned
the Bronze Star, with Valor, for action during the Vietnam War.
Old traditions, new horizons. In 1976 the Academy opened its doors
to women and international cadets. Some of the first women are pictured aboard EAGLE,
in Hamburg, Germany in 1977 during cadet cruise.
31 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
Admissions: (800) 883-USCG (8724)