U.S. Coast Guard Academy FAQ

Installation Info: Zip Code: 06320, Area Code: 860

More than 5,000 men and women apply every year in hopes of becoming Coast Guard cadets. Only 275 of them make it to the gates every July to begin "Swab Summer." Trained along the Thames River in New London, Conn., cadets study engineering, sciences and leadership training for four years. Graduates leave with a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a Coast Guard officer with a five-year commitment.

Cadet enrollment is about 900, with 500 active-duty members and 160 civilians also at the academy, which was founded in 1876.

A medium-size clinic, Michel Hall, provides health and dental services on campus. A number of top-notch childcare services are provided at several different locations for different ages. All schools in the area are run by local school districts.

Housing on academy grounds is available for cadets and command staff only. There is a housing referral office on grounds. Temporary lodging at the academy consists of a distinguished visitor unit, 20 visiting officer units and 10 visiting enlisted units. There is a Navy Lodge at nearby New London Naval Submarine Base. A mini-commissary is on academy grounds. The academy exchange is small with two shoppettes.

A gym, pool, indoor track, weight room, tennis courts and marina offer recreational activities. The town of New London, located near I-95, is only 56 miles from Providence to the north or 123 miles to New York City, to the south. The major shopping centers of New Haven and Hartford are 50 miles to the south and north, respectively.