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Admission Requirements

The Coast Guard Academy is ranked among the nation’s elite undergraduate colleges. This is reflected in our highly selective admission process, which annually admits about 300 cadets from thousands of applicants.

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 4 of the year of entrance (October 15 of the year prior to entry, 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 allows us to start a file on you.


Essays are available online as part of the online application.

Required Forms

Forms are 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 SAT/ACT scores (Essay/Writing section optional)

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 (optional)
  • Up to two extra letters of recommendation


There is no minimum test score requirement for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Scores reported must be achieved without the benefit of testing accommodations. Successful candidates usually score at least 1120 combined Critical Reading 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.


Admissions may request to interview applicants and prospective applicants in order to best meet your needs and the Academy's enrollment goals. If so, a representative of Admissions will contact you. If selected for an interview, participation is required.