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United States Coast Guard Academy: Narrative Description


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New London, CT 06320-8100
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Federally supported, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1876. Setting: 110-acre suburban campus with easy access to Providence and Hartford. Total enrollment: 994. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 1,848 applied, 22% were admitted. 56% from top 10% of their high school class, 90% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 20 class presidents, 13 valedictorians, 93 student government officers. Full-time: 994 students, 29% women, 71% men. Students come from 49 states and territories, 10 other countries, 94% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 3% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0% 25 or older, 100% live on campus, 0% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships. Off campus study at Connecticut College.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early action. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, medical exam, physical fitness exam, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 11/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band. Major annual events: homecoming, Parents' Weekend, Community Service Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, student patrols. 1,030 college housing spaces available; 994 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Waesche Hall Library with an OPAC and a Web page. 325 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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