New London, CT
United States Coast Guard Academy


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Nicholas
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

If you want to maintain your sanity, you have to work hard and play harder.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

If you want to maintain your sanity, you have to work hard and play harder.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When beginning the college application and selection process students should not over or under compensate. This is to say, they shouldn't apply to too many or too few colleges. Students and parents should work together to select a group of colleges to apply to that, should the student get accepted, they are willing to visit and gather further information on. It is especially important that the decison to attend a college not be made without visiting the campus as well as meeting with both students and alumni. Don't rely too much on ratings to aptly depict whether or not a student wil be happy there. Ratings are a good tool to use to decide on which colleges to apply to, but should not be the reason a student attends a particular college.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

What makes attending the United States Coast Guard Academy difficult is the mental and physical strain it puts on its students. Students at the Academy forcibly accomplish more things in one day than students at other institutions accomplish in a week. And for the most part, they do so without complaining. They really have no reason to complain, because, after all, they made the decision to attend the Academy and make the necessary sacrifices to stay there.

Trayce
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You have to really want to be here in order to find the strength and motivation to put up with all of the crappy things that ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

You have to really want to be here in order to find the strength and motivation to put up with all of the crappy things that can happen to you. If you make really great friends throughout the first year, it will make everything a little more tolerable. It's best to stay focused on what you will have when you graduate. Be prepared to get less sleep than you are probably used to.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Most of the students are a lot more motivated in every aspect (academics, athletics, physical fitness, and service to the community) than any other school. Academics are much harder than anything you will experience at other colleges because you have to take math, science, and engineering courses regardless of your major. Also, our rooms are pretty much always clean because they have to be.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Even if you are not sure about looking at a particular school, you might as well just see what they have to offer. It could be better than whatever your first choice school has. Look at schools that are very similar to your first choice as well. Don't be afraid to move out of state or across the country. A lot of schools have summer programs or college visit days throughout the year, so it is always a good idea to check out if the school you like has a program like that. You may get to see the typical everyday life of a student that you wouldn't normally get to see on a tour or summer visit. Once you get to your particular college, join a sports team or a club to be as involved as possible! Even a dull or difficult school can be turned into one of the best experiences of your life if you have the closest friends you have ever had. You need interaction with people who are like you as well as people you are very different from because you will have to deal with it for the rest of your life.

Aimee
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The obvious advice that some people don't take is to actually visit the campus not only for a day tour but to take the opport...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The obvious advice that some people don't take is to actually visit the campus not only for a day tour but to take the opportunity to shadow a current student for 1-2 days during the school week. It's best to shadow someone who will be in the same major as your intended major and to play the same sports/ engage in the same extracurricular activities as you. I would also look at the class size, student body size, campus location, majors, abroad programs available at the school. Also, if that particular school does not have something offered that you wish it did, you can ask if they have mutual agreements with other colleges in the area to offer classes or programs to each other's students. For my school, tuition is free, so in regards to school loans and financial aid applications, I cannot give any advice with experience to back it up but do make sure that it is an education worth the price tag at the end of the day. Many colleges have better reputations than educational value in my opinion so make sure it is the right learning environment for you! Good luck!

What's unique about your campus?

It was a great experience - I traveled and worked in a lot of different environments and had a great education while I attended the Coast Guard Academy. I also keep in good touch with a lot of my classmates and visit them whenever possible - I made some great friends there.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I don't really brag but they tend to gush over how I went to a military academy and how it was free tuition.

Colleen
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There?s a lot of different advice I would give to a student about finding the right college. If you are driven and looking f...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There?s a lot of different advice I would give to a student about finding the right college. If you are driven and looking for a school to push you, a military academy is a good fit. If you are unsure about your college experience and want your studies to range over a large spectrum with a relaxed learning environment and time to chose an area of study- a military academy is not for you. You have to be ready for the structure that will soon consume your life. Going to a military academy is a sacrifice with benefits. You have a job immediately after college, which is hard to come by in the current economy. You can be 22 years old with college loans, a job, and on your way to purchasing your first house. You are ahead of the curve. The best overall advice I can give is for athletes. If you play a sport, do not choose a school that has the best program, unless you have the ability to be a professional athlete. Look for the athletic program that will help you get into the best school academically and set you up for success after college.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That I would be owned! There are a lot of different ways to find out if you want to come to the school- you can go to AIM (a 2 week camp, which assimilates life as a freshman), a tour, and once accepted you can visit the school before accepting the appointment by being in a cadet's shoes for 2 days.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person with a type "a" personality will generally do better at school, although it is not necessary. The person should have partying out of their system and understand the comitment they are about to make. The individual must be driven, focused, and stuborn. Stuborn is necessary so you don't want to quit.

Alexander
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It is a military oriented academy that places a heavy emphasise on being prepared to serve the country in the maritime enviro...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It is a military oriented academy that places a heavy emphasise on being prepared to serve the country in the maritime environment.

What's unique about your campus?

The summer training oppertunities and travel because their fun and often once in a life time oppertunities.

Brian
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The Coast Guard Academy offers something that no other college can offer: a commission as an officer in the United States Coa...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The Coast Guard Academy offers something that no other college can offer: a commission as an officer in the United States Coast Guard. Academics are top-notch and intense, you must be on top of your game to succeed here. Also, the people you meet become your friends for life as you become bonded to them in a way that only a service academy can. You will travel the country, perhaps the world, and do things that most people only dream about doing. It is an amazing experience.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right school is an important decision, but the right school isn't necessarily the most expensive or most prestigious school you can (or can't) afford. I would say that the most important components are: 1) the student will receive a quality education that will make him or her competitive in his or her field upon graduation, and 2) the student enjoys his or her time in college. I'm not saying that college should all fun and games or that you should enjoy it at all times, but on the whole the student should have a minimum quality of life such that they are not miserable for four long years. How to find such a college? I would suggest doing your homework online first (researching schools, financial aid, sports, clubs, etc) and then visiting a few of the top choices. A visit can be a powerful tool to shed light on a bad school that seemed perfect up until that point. Try to talk to people who have attended the school and see what they think of it: did they enjoy their time? are they proud they attended said school? do they feel knowledgeable in their field?

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had been aware of how strict the Coast Guard Academy was. There are a ton of rules and they make everyday life less comfortable than most people are used to. The Coast Guard is very much a part of the military so expect to fall in line or get kicked out. The academy has extremely low tolerance for cheating, doing drugs, or drinking under age or to excess. Be advised, survival at the academy is like running a marathon, it is not easy or fun most of the time but in the end it's worth it.

Christopher
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't go somewhere for drinking or your friends. Do it because you like what you are going to be doing there, what your major...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't go somewhere for drinking or your friends. Do it because you like what you are going to be doing there, what your major is. Nothing else will make you more misreable than getting stuck somewhere that you just want to leave.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Gets lonely sometimes there. It takes a lot of discipline and want to go there and you can't maintain that all the time. Friends will always help you thorugh.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Focused, person with goals and drive.

David
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Decide what you (seriously) want to to at college and what you want to get out of your experience there. Pick the college th...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Decide what you (seriously) want to to at college and what you want to get out of your experience there. Pick the college that fits what you want, not because of its name. Also, VISIT the school and talk to random students who are not a part of any organized tour/information program. The students are the ones who really understand the atmosphere of the campus.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Some one who wants to serve their nation and fellow citizens and is willing to work extremely hard to achieve a career in the Coast Guard. You must be very focused and determined, but able to relax and find enjoyment in the little things in life. This is a military academy, and that should be kept in mind when considering to attend this institution.

Tessa
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It's a Military Academy so while you are earning your degree you are also training to be an Officer in the Coast Guard. You ...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It's a Military Academy so while you are earning your degree you are also training to be an Officer in the Coast Guard. You are also required to participate in 2 sports for the year and to pass physical fitness evaluations. Additionally, the GPA is based on academics, military, and physical aspects when you graduate. It's hard but rewarding.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find a college that will suit you well. I don't think in the long run it really matters where you go, it's what you make of your experience.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

A lot is expected from you all the time and it can be difficult to balance everything. There are also a lot of ups and downs emotionally due to everything that needs to get accomplished but it is well worth it in the end.

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