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RISE is a fun, three-day family orientation to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Totally optional, RISE will help you make the transition to life as a new cadet, get to know classmates and New London better, and offer practical tips to your parents. Please consider attending if you:

  • Are the first in your family to attend college
  • Have not visited the Academy before
  • Are a citizen of another country, or have lived most of your life outside the U.S.
  • Belong to a group historically underrepresented at the Academy
  • Have concerns about the transition and prefer a gradual introduction

Lodging and Transportation

Event lodging has been arranged at a hotel near the Academy. The Academy will cover the expense of one room (two double beds) for each out-of-town family, from June 28 until July 2 on a first come, first served basis. Your registration confirmation email will provide the information you need to reserve lodging. Please contact the hotel and mention USCGA RISE to arrange your room.

Transportation to the hotel is your responsibility. Transportation to activities will be provided by the Academy from June 28 until activities conclude on June 30. You will be responsible for your own transportation on Sunday and Monday.

Please note that the Coast Guard Academy complies with the REAL ID Act, a federal law passed in 2005 to set standards for authenticating personal identification. Accordingly, the Coast Guard Academy is currently unable to grant access to the campus based only on the presentation of state driver’s licenses issued by Minnesota, Washington, Missouri, Maine, and Montana. Residents of these states should plan to present an alternate, compliant form of ID, such as a passport, military ID, TWIC card, or permanent resident card.

Registration is Now Closed

Schedule Overview

Thursday, June 28

  • 3-4:30 p.m.: Lodging check-in
  • 5 p.m.: Barbecue at the Academy

Friday, June 29

  • Team building workshops and orientation panels

Saturday, June 30

  • Team building workshops and orientation panels (continued)
  • Lighthouse cruise on Long Island Sound

Sunday, July 1

Monday, July 2