Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by USCG Master, Apr 24, 2016.
Why is early action better than regular action?
The USCGA made about 50% of its appointments to EA candidates, and it offered several wait list spots as well. Also, EA is limited to HS seniors or enlisted CG (no reapplicants attending college because the CGA needs their December college transcript), so the pool is likely a bit less competitive than RA.
If we had known about EA in time, we would definitely have applied then.
Thank you. My DD is waiting for AIM response.
DS was denied for AIM last summer and was pretty discouraged as USCGA at the time was his #1 choice. He still applied EA and was surprised with an offer of appointment in early November. I say "surprised" because his application was good compared to the average stats we had seen but by no means stellar. He has now chosen USMA but it was a tough decision. He is definitely a proponent of EA.
If the candidate has met all the basic qualifications: leadership, service, sports, work/volunteer experience, competitive academics & PFE - no reason to delay. Doing EA gives the candidate first access to the coaches trying to fill their slots. More opportunity to be waitlisted rather than TWE.
Class size is not confirmed until EA is over so RD could be extremely competitive if the class size was small. 2021 looks like it might be another big class as the academy seeks to get to 1000 cadets so that may not be an issue. Even if waitlisted from EA, AO is known to fill up remaining RD slots from EA waitlist if no RD candidate is a match.
The golden rule for EA, is that candidate considers there is not much else they can do to improve to their application. Some in the forum have even stated that trying to achieve 20 extra points on academics is not worth waiting for RD.
Below are the 2020 EA average stats.
Of the 196 appointees to the Class of 2020...
53% AIM Graduates
Average SAT Scores: 678 CR 682 M 627 W (includes converted ACT scores)
Average HS Rank: 12% (includes reported and calculated HSR's)
Average GPA: 3.84 (all reported GPA's are converted to a 4.00 scale)
Average PFE Score: 230
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