My daughter is a HS junior and is investigating USCGA. I am thrilled but have questions a concerned mother should ask (I don't even know if this is the correct thread to ask). Could someone please put my mind at rest by answering them? We live in the midwest, how often does the typical student come home and by what means? The academy is tuitiion free, but what kind of money does she really need? I understand this is not the typical college life, do the cadets go out to movies or do anything outside the academy when (if) they get free time? If they get a long weekeend, do they spend it on campus, or spend it with the host family (not the correct term, sorry)? Dd has never been exposed to military (regimented) life. How hard of an adjustment is it for a young lady? We have done quite a lot of research on the academy, watched u-tube videos and are starting to plan a spring trip to New London, what else should we do? How often should we really visit the academy? Thanks for everyone's help, I'm sure I'll have more questions and hope not to become a nuisance. If you have any suggestions on where else to look, please pass it on.