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United States Coast Guard Academy Admission Requirements

New London, Connecticut

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Chances of getting into United States Coast Guard Academy

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
20%
Admission Difficulty for United States Coast Guard Academy
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into United States Coast Guard Academy and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at United States Coast Guard Academy is 20%.  It ranks #2 in Connecticut and #51 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. United States Coast Guard Academy is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 374 out of 1,862 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 18 percent (SAT 1220/1400 ACT 27/32). United States Coast Guard Academy typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.78. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. Of those applicants who were admitted, 70% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by United States Coast Guard Academy is a prized outcome for many students.

The United States Coast Guard Academy application fee is $0 and applications are due by Feb 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to United States Coast Guard Academy. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 75% of students submitted SAT scores and 64% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

United States Coast Guard Academy SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1220-1400
Applicants Submitting SAT 
75%
SAT Scores for United States Coast Guard Academy
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 610
SAT Composite 25th 1220
SAT Scores for United States Coast Guard Academy
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 710
SAT Composite 75th 1400
Average SAT Score 1310

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to United States Coast Guard Academy?

United States Coast Guard Academy typically prefers applicants to be in the top 22 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1220 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1130. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1310 out of 1600. United States Coast Guard Academy ranks #3 in Connecticut and #114 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 75 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

United States Coast Guard Academy admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1400 and Above Good >32%
1310 to 1400 Avg + 20%-32%
1220 to 1310 Avg - 12%-20%
1130 to 1220 Reach 6%-12%
Less than 1130 Low <6%
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United States Coast Guard Academy ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
27-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
64%
ACT Scores for United States Coast Guard Academy
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for United States Coast Guard Academy
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into United States Coast Guard Academy?

Admission data indicates that United States Coast Guard Academy regularly accepts students with ACT's of 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Connecticut and #106 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 64 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to United States Coast Guard Academy.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

United States Coast Guard Academy admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >35%
29 to 32 Avg + 20%-35%
27 to 29 Avg - 13%-20%
25 to 27 Reach 8%-13%
Less than 25 Low <8%
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United States Coast Guard Academy GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.78
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into United States Coast Guard Academy?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into United States Coast Guard Academy. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at United States Coast Guard Academy was 3.78 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in Connecticut for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as United States Coast Guard Academy is a very selective school.

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High School GPA's for admitted United States Coast Guard Academy students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 19.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 44.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 28.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 6.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 2.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 1.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

88% of United States Coast Guard Academy freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted United States Coast Guard Academy students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 49%
Top 25% of class 88%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

United States Coast Guard Academy admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 561 1,301 1,862
Accepted 140 234 374
Acceptance Rate 25% 18% 20%
Enrolled 103 158 261
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 74% 68% 70%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Feb 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
118

Applicants have 118 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Feb 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to United States Coast Guard Academy is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to United States Coast Guard Academy and what student information is used for admission decisions?

United States Coast Guard Academy Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Considered but not required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at United States Coast Guard Academy
AP Credit No
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=130624 IPEDS survey data for United States Coast Guard Academy.

FAQs

Does United States Coast Guard Academy prefer SAT or ACT?

75% of students submit their SAT scores to United States Coast Guard Academy. 64% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into United States Coast Guard Academy?

20% of those who apply are granted admission to United States Coast Guard Academy. Admission competition is very high and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for United States Coast Guard Academy?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1220 and 1400. 75% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for United States Coast Guard Academy?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 32. 64% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.