The United States Coast Guard Academy, as the name suggests, is the military academy of the US Coast Guard, the oldest live-saving service in the world. With roots going back to 1876, the academy is located in New London, Connecticut, and aims to educate future US coast guards (called cadets while enrolled as USCGA). Unlike the other four US service academies, the USCGA does not require a student to be nominated by a Member of Congress. Notorious for its highly exacting and selective admissions policy, the school often makes an appearance in ‘Best of’ lists, such as Forbes' Best Value Schools and Best Public Schools. Numbered approximately 1000 at a given time, cadets have the option of choosing between eight majors, in the fields of Business, Science, Math & Engineering, and Social Sciences. As the only military organisation within the Department of Homeland Security, there is every chance that your teacher was part of a major drug bust (or something similar). Set upon the shores of the River Thames, with a gorgeous view of sea and land, the school’s age old culture of discipline and rigor cultivates the qualities of leadership skills, positive core values, and optimum performance.