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United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) is the military academy of the United States Coast Guard. It is situated in New London, Connecticut, United Sates of America and is the smallest of the five federal service academy. In 1790, Alexander Hamilton planned the roots of today's Coast Guard with School of Instruction of the Revenue Cutter Service. In 1914, the school became the Revenue Cutter Academy, and with the merger of the Revenue Cutter Service and the Life Saving Service, it became the Coast Guard Academy in 1915. The mission of USCGA is to graduate young men and women with sound bodies, stout hearts and alert minds, with a liking for the sea and its lore and strong in the resolve to be worthy of the traditions of commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard in the service of their country and humanity. The academy provides education to future Coast Guard officers in one of eight major fields of study. USCGA provides a four-year Bachelor of Science degree program with tuition fully funded by the Coast Guard in exchange for an obligation of five years active duty service upon graduation. Unlike the other service academies, academy does not require a congressional nomination for admission. Cadets are referred to as cadets are officers-in-training. As many as 250 cadets enter the academy every summer and around 200 cadets graduate. The graduates are commissioned as ensigns. USCGA is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and colleges, AACSB and ABET for its various programs. The academy's motto is Scientiæ cedit mare, which is Latin for "the sea yields to knowledge" (the trident, emblem of the Roman god Neptune, represents sea power).

United States Coast Guard Academy’s academic program grants Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard which must be completed in four years. The academy has five departments. The Department of Engineering provides four engineering majors – Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. The Humanities Department has three sections: Law, English, and Government/History/Ethics/Foreign Language; in concert, offer cadets a major in government.  The Department of Management provides management coursed which cover a wide variety of business disciplines such as economics behavioral sciences, accounting, finance, mathematics and information technology. The Department of Mathematics offer courses which include Introduction to Calculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, and Probability and Statistics. The Science Department consists of three sections Chemistry, Marine Science and Physics and offers a major in Marine and Environmental Sciences. The eight majors, provided by the academy are Civil, Mechanical, Electric and Naval Architecture Engineering, Operations Research and Computer Analysis, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Government and Management. The curriculum that grades cadets' performance upon a holistic education of academics, physical fitness, character and leadership. The academy maintains a core curriculum of science and professional development courses in addition to major-specific courses. Each cadet takes two semesters of classes during the school year and then spends the majority of the summer in military training to produce officers of character with the requisite professional skills. Among these are courses in leadership, ethics, organizational behavior, and nautical science. The majority of cadets report to their first units after graduating, which are either afloat units, shore units, or basic flight training.

USCGA not only provides quality education but also ensures that the cadets enjoy their cadet lifefor academic, personal, and professional development of the cadets. The college encourages cadets to take part in numerous co-curricular and social options ranging from informal organizations to long-standing traditions that enhance the overall educational experience. These activities and clubs are part of the social experience that bond cadets to one another and to their service. The Coast Guard Academy is dedicated not just to the intellectual, character and professional development of cadets, but also ensures cadets' physical health and wellness. For this, the academy has a daily sports period, physical education classes, and required co-curricular physical activity. USCGA offers most mainstream sports and several especially suited to an aquatics-based service academy and boasts an intercollegiate program that is one of the broadest in NCAA Division III with 11 men's, nine women's and three co-educational varsity sports. They are known as Bears and their mascot is Objee the Bear. The academy provides residence to all of its cadets and their tuition is fully funded by the Coast Guard in exchange for an obligation of five years active duty service upon graduation.

One of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States, United Sates Coast Guard Academy has been serving the nation for hundred and 38 years.  Located in the Thames River in New London, Connecticut, United States Coast Guard Academy is spread across and area of 110 acres and has space for all. The academy welcomes cadets not only from all over the state but from the whole wide world as well. USCGA currently enrolls 902 cadets (34% of cadets are women and 28% of cadets are minorities) representing 45 states and 16 foreign nations. USCGA promotes equal opportunity for all potential and current cadets and employees not discriminating against any individual on the basis of sex, race, national origin, color, political affiliation, religion, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or disability status.  It has been one of the most sought after U.S. service academies for a long time and has lived up to the expectation providing best graduates every year.  The college’s website contains detailed and current information and can also be found on popular social media sites.