Explain why you are interested in attending the Coast Guard Academy, how you decided to select your intended academic major, the steps you have taken to prepare yourself to be successful as a Cadet, and discuss any leadership experience from the past three years which you believe has prepared you to develop into a leader of character in the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard Academy is a center of excellence for diversity, inclusion and equity-mindedness. What about your background, or what perspective, belief, or experience, will help you contribute to the education of your future classmates and enrich our community?
COVID-19 has impacted the Coast Guard Academy in many ways including the cancellation of our Spring 2020 sports season and a virtual graduation ceremony for our Class of 2020. If you want to, share how COVID-19 has impacted you, your family, or your community and why you believe those experiences have prepared you to be successful in the future.
The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so.
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.