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Transfer to the Coast Guard Academy

If you are thinking about transferring from your college or university, you are not alone. Thirty to forty percent of college students transfer at least once.

College students applying to the Coast Guard Academy are often looking for more meaning in their college and work life, as well as a stronger sense of community. Others recognize the affordability and prospect of a challenging job when they graduate.

Overall, about 12 percent of cadets in each Academy class attended college elsewhere first.

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A Different Twist on College Credit

Because the Academy experience includes a 200 week leadership and professional development program, all new cadets undertake Swab Summer together, starting as freshmen.

Although students who transfer credit will not enter with advanced academic standing, credit earned elsewhere will be evaluated by academic departments and accepted to satisfy core requirements.

As a result, you may be able to validate some core courses, freeing up time for more electives or even a double major.

The Application Process

If you are enrolled in college when you apply for admissions, please note that Early Action is not an option. Plan to deliver a copy of your most recent college transcript when you apply.

Prospective cadets must be debt-free to be eligible to enroll. Debt burden from college loans may be disqualifying.

Facts and Figures
Transfer Students
0 Debts SVGDebt & dependents allowed
23 age SVGThe oldest eligible enrollment age
$1,000 stipend SVGMonthly cadet stipend
$280K+ cost SVGMonetary value of the CGA education