California Maritime Academy

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General Information

Located on a waterfront campus in Vallejo, California, the
California Maritime Academy is one of only six schools in the United
States whose exclusive purpose is to educate students in
maritime-related degrees. As a unique campus of California State
University, Cal Maritime boasts a high job-placement rate for its
graduates. The school has about 850 students, which allows a sharper
focus not only on classroom learning, but also leadership development,
technology application, and a global vision.

Majors at Cal Maritime focus on specific aspects of maritime and
related industries. Each major seeks to develop specific skill sets and
to give students practical applications and leadership skills. As part
of the educational experience, each student will spend time aboard the
Training Ship Golden Bear. While on the two-month cruise, students will
develop their leadership abilities, receive applied technology
training, refine technical skills, and develop a global awareness.

Admissions Information

Incoming students must complete an application online and must
submit a $55 application fee along with either an SAT or ACT score.
Applicants must complete required college prep courses for their major
with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA. Applications must be submitted between
October 1 and November 30 for fall admission.

College Majors

The California Maritime Academy focuses exclusively on
maritime-related education. The school's mission is to prepare students
for careers in merchant marines, national maritime industries,
transportation, and other related industries. They offer degrees in the
following majors:

  • Business Administration/International Business and Logistics
  • Facilities Engineering Technology
  • Global Studies and Maritime Affairs
  • Marine Engineering Technology
  • Marine Transportation
  • Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Programs

Each of the programs offered at Cal Maritime focuses on an element
of the maritime industry or related careers. Programs include:

  • Business, Management, and Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technologies
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Transportation and Materials Moving

Graduate Degrees

The California Maritime Academy offers a Master of Science in
Transportation and Engineering Management. The program concentrates on
transportation, engineering management, and humanitarian disaster


In 2013, the California Maritime Academy ranked 2nd in the U.S. News & World Report's Regional Colleges (West) category. Forbes
ranked the school at number 56 among all colleges in the West.


The California Maritime Academy is fully accredited by the Western
Association of Schools and Colleges. Each of its departments also
receives regular reviews and accreditation status from ABET and IACBE:

Mechanical Engineering Program–"Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Facilities Engineering Technology Program–"Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET

Marine Engineering Technology Program–"Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET

Business Administration Program–"International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

The majors and minors available at Cal Maritime fall into one of six departments or schools:

ABS School of Maritime Policy and Management

� Majors: Global Studies & Maritime Affairs, Business Administration/International Business and Logistics

� Minors: Business Administration, Law, and Global Studies & Maritime Affairs

Department of Engineering Technology

� Majors: Facilities Engineering Technology and Marine Engineering Technology

Department of Marine Transportation

� Major: Marine Transportation (no minors)

Department of Sciences and Mathematics
(no majors)

  • Minor: Marine Science

Department of Mechanical Engineering

� Majors: Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering with USCG license

  • Minor: Power Generation

Department of Naval Science
(no majors)

  • Minor: Naval Science

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Cal Maritime's Financial Aid Office helps students discover, apply
for, and receive various types of financial aid in order to achieve
their academic goals. These opportunities include federal and
state-funded grants, student-secured scholarships, and privately funded
scholarships such as the Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship,
Captain David Lyman Scholarship for Hawaii Residents, and Osher
Foundation Scholarship. Students should submit a Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning January 1st before the academic year in which they plan to enroll.

Cal Maritime accepts veterans' benefits associated with the GI bill
and the Cal-Vet Educational Assistance Program. Students can also apply
for loans and seek employment at the school to offset tuition costs. In
order to remain eligible for federal financial aid, students must meet
Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.

Library System

The Cal Maritime library seeks to support the mission and industry
needs of students, staff, and faculty. Collections concentrate on
industry-relevant materials that will be useful to campus residents as
well as outside industry users. In addition, the library seeks to
promote a love of learning and reading across all fields of interest as
much as possible. Students and faculty can also make use of
interlibrary loans, document delivery, and online database searches in
order to facilitate research.


Cal Maritime is a member of the National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes mainly in the California
Pacific Conference (CalPac). Men's sports include basketball, crew,
cross country, golf, rugby, soccer, and water polo. Women's sports
include basketball, crew, cross country, and water polo. The school
also maintains a coed sailing team.

Student Housing

As a residential campus, Cal Maritime requires all students under
age 24 to live on campus throughout their academic career. Each student
has watch standing duties and additional responsibilities in the
evening hours. This policy seeks to develop life skills, social
interaction, and personal growth, while supporting an optimal learning

Residential facilities include two suite-style buildings and one
traditional residence hall. In addition, all students will spend time
aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear during the Annual Training Cruise.
This ship experience allows students to put their classroom knowledge
into practice, interact with other cultures, and develop leadership

The California Maritime Academy offers education programs relating
to maritime business, engineering, and technology. Other names for the
school include CSU –" Maritime, Cal Maritime, and CMA. Only six other
schools in the United States exclusively offer maritime-related degree
programs. The California Maritime Academy is situated in Vallejo, CA.

General Information

Admission Office

200 Maritime Academy Drive

Vallejo, CA 94590

(707) 654-1330

(800) 561-1945

Fax: (707) 654-1336

[email protected]

Contact: Marc McGee

Director of Admission
Main Address

200 Maritime Academy Drive

Vallejo, CA 94590

(707) 654-1000

Total undergrads: 876

Degree-seeking undergrads: 810


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 73%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $3,728 $4,112 $5,090 $5,294 +4.01%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,656 $1,734 $1,704 -1.73%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,450 $8,830 $9,360 $9,740 +4.06%
Other $3,672 $3,990 $4,110 $4,074 -0.88%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $10,710 $11,472 $11,970 $10,980 -8.27%
Other $3,798 $4,008 $4,128 $4,086 -1.02%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $17,236 $18,588 $20,294 $20,812 +2.55%
In-state Off Campus $19,622 $21,248 $22,922 $22,064 -3.74%
In-state with Family $5,114 $5,768 $6,824 $6,998 +2.55%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 88 58%
Grant or scholarship aid 59 39% $423,073 $7,171
• Federal grants 17 11% $78,927 $4,643
• Pell grants 17 11% $59,562 $3,504
• Other federal grants 17 11% $19,365 $1,139
State and local government grant or scholarships 49 32% $285,678 $5,830
Institutional scholarships or grants 21 14% $58,468 $2,784
Student loan financial aid 66 43% $360,936 $5,469
• Federal student loans 65 42% $305,936 $4,707
• Other student loans 5 3% $55,000 $11,000

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 152
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15
Business Administration and Management, General 15
Engineering 24
Mechanical Engineering 24
Engineering Technology, General 41
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields, Other 6
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/technicians, Other 35
Social Sciences 22
International Relations and Affairs 22
Transportation and Materials Moving 50
Marine Science/merchant Marine Officer 50
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Business, Management, & Marketing
Business Administration/Management B
Logistics/Materials Management B


Marine Engineering/Naval Architecture B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Engineering Technology – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Marine transportation B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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