Coast Guard Academy named top college

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Coast Guard Academy
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy located in New London, Conn. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard Academy earned a perfect score of 100 and the top honor as the #1 regional college in the North based on the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2011 issue released earlier this week. The academy was also recently named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, for a second year in a row, by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Graduation
Cadets celebrate upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science at the Coast Guard Academy. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Way to go Bears!

Among the more than 300 schools ranked in the “Regional Colleges (North)” category, the academy earned the highest score by the U.S. News and World Report. CGA is also featured among the best in other reviews of colleges and universities such as Princeton Review’s Best in the Northeast and Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Colleges 2010 edition.

“These rankings are important because they reflect the quality of our academic programs, facilities, faculty and staff,” said Academy Superintendent Rear Admiral Scott Burhoe. “They allow us to better compete for an increasingly diverse pool of talented young men and women.”

Ceremony on Washington Parade Field
A military ceremony is held by cadets on the Washington Parade Field in front of Hamilton Hall. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

CGA earned the distinction as a “Great College to Work For” after more than 43,000 people at 275 colleges and universities participated in a survey assessing the academic workplace. Of those schools, only 97 were given the admirable title.

“I am ecstatic that our faculty and staff recognized the Coast Guard Academy as a great college to work for, because we really are committed to providing everyone here an environment where they can reach their full potential” said Burhoe. “It is because of our faculty and staff that the Academy is able to achieve its mission to educate, develop, train and inspire leaders of character.”

To read more about the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges rankings, click here and for the Chronicle of Higher Education survey, click here.

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