I just want to say that if your cadet is undecided as to whether or not to attend the USCG Academy then please make sure that you attend the overnight “Academy Experience” program. We live in Denver and flew out to CT last month to check it out. My son and I were both impressed to say the least. Your son/daughter is immersed into the cadets’ daily routine (even if only for a day). The experience is extremely valuable, something in which can not be gained via emails, phone calls or chat. We have spent quite some time around the AF Academy (only 55 miles from our home) and the campus at the CG Academy was far more appealing to my son. It is smaller, close to the water (which he loves, as he is lived near the beach in FL for 11 years) and the student body is also smaller (a very select group of people). Everyone he and I came in contact with had a very upbeat attitude and was extremely professional. My son made some friends during his visit and has since been in contact with a couple of cadets and coaches. He has made his decision to attend. There is no doubt that he will receive a top-notch education as well as begin the start of an outstanding career as a USCG Officer. If you are planning on attending and have any questions please ask and I will try to answer your questions. LT Miller, and staff of the admissions office: Thank you for running this program!