The Coast Guard Academy application process for current high school seniors is now open. The deadline for Regular Applications is Jan. 15, 2020. Since the application process is lengthy, interested students should be working on it now. Unlike the other Federal Service Academies, the United States Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination. The application is only accessible online.

The Coast Guard Academy is an academically rigorous, highly selective 4-year military service academy leading to a bachelor’s degree and a commission in the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Academy is the smallest of the five Federal Service Academies. As such, cadets receive individual attention from the faculty. As well, on graduation there is greater access to graduate school and flight training. Tuition, room, board and a stipend are paid for by the Department of Homeland Security. Following graduation, newly commissioned ensigns have a 5-year obligation to serve, although 4 out of 5 opt to serve longer due to job satisfaction. This is in part to the varied humanitarian, regulatory, environmental and border security missions the Coast Guard carries out.

Additional information and the online application can be found at For more information, call Coast Guard Academy Admissions office at 800-883-8724 or email James Robbins, retired Coast Guard officer, at