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Apply to the Coast Guard Academy

Do you possess the qualities of mind, body and character to succeed at the Academy and as a Coast Guard officer? If so, we invite you to apply to the Coast Guard Academy. Applying to the Academy is free and must be done online; there is no paper application.

Online Application

Highly Selective

The Coast Guard Academy is ranked among the nation’s elite undergraduate colleges. This is reflected in our highly selective admission process. So what distinguishes those who are accepted to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy?

  • Proven academic accomplishment, particularly in math and the sciences
  • Leadership skill
  • An unwavering desire to serve country and humanity
  • Physical fitness and athleticism
  • Well-rounded interests and experiences
  • Commitment to achieve one’s full potential

Application – Availability and Deadline

The application opens in August and all required application material must be received by January 15 of the year of entry. It has four parts, one of which is optional:

  • Online Application
  • Medical Examination
  • Physical Fitness Examination
  • Interview (optional)

Before you start your application, have a few things handy:

  • Your Bears Den login credentials
  • The names, email and phone numbers of teachers who will submit your recommendations
  • The name, email and phone number of the adult who will submit your Physical Fitness Exam results
  • The names of the colleges your parents and siblings have attended (if any)
Online Application

Medical Examination

The Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) and its contractor coordinate your medical examination to determine if you meet medical qualifications for admission.

Watch for a letter or email after you submit your application. Follow these instructions to schedule your exam and track results.

If the exam is not done by April 15, or your qualifications are still uncertain by May 1, you will not be eligible for further consideration.

Physical Fitness Exam (PFE)

You are responsible to arrange for your PFE exam. Find an adult to administer the PFE and submit your scores. The Academy will email instructions to this person after you submit your online application.

Download the PFE Instruction Manual and audio file to prepare in advance.

DownloadPFE Instruction Manual
DownloadPFE Cadence Push-Ups (Audio File)

Applicants to the Coast Guard Academy must complete the PFE; the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) cannot be substituted for this required application item.


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.

After submitting your online application, you are welcome to request an interview. Contact your Admission Officer or call 860-444-8503.

Early Action Plan

The Academy’s Early Action Plan is non-binding.

High school seniors and active duty military members are eligible for Early Action. Those attending college or a post-grad year are not.

Important Dates

Keep these important dates in mind as you complete your application:

  • October 15 – Early Action deadline
  • January 4 – Regular Admission deadline
  • By January 15 – Early Action decisions released
  • By April 1 – Regular Admission decisions released
  • April 15 – Medical Examination deadline
  • May 1 – Appointment acceptance deadline
  • May 15 – Medical Exam qualification deadline
  • June 1 – Enrollment paperwork due
  • July 1 – Swab Summer starts for the Class of 2023

Contact Information

LT Brennan DoughertyProcessing Section
Brad BeckwithApplication/PFE
Shannon CastineiraDoDMERB/Medical