California Maritime Academy

California Maritime Academy Dining CenterOverview

California Maritime Academy (CSUM) in Vallejo, California has a hands-on approach when teaching young collegiate cadets the ways of the Marine Corps. It has proved itself worthy by ranking as one of the Best Regional Colleges in the state.

The college is a public establishment and one of the 23 specialized and exclusive campuses under the California State University system. The extent of its knowledge in the field of battle and service, allows it to pass on vital information and training to the future prospects of the naval forces.

The Academy has accreditations from Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Type Public
Grades UG,PG
Gender Co-ed
Tuition Fee
  • On-Campus : $26,463
  • Off-Campus: $27,105
  • With Parents/Relatives: $19,747
Total Students 1200
Teachers Ratio 1:11


California Maritime Academy Logo

In 1929, California Maritime Academy, then known as California Nautical School, was established. The reason for building the school was to train young men for the U.S. Merchant Marines through physical and intellectual teaching.

In 1933, financial difficulties resulted in the school moving on board their training ship. The government passed the Merchant Maritime Act of 1936 that sanctioned funds to the school to keep running. With the need for a harbor, the school was in search of a new location and depot.

Finally, in 1943, the school was located in Vallejo, California, after renovating and constructing new buildings at the site. After surviving the adversity of war and lack of funding, the school received a replacement ship for training exercises that it would take out to sea for simulation activates. The college welcomed women into its realms in 1973 and the Academy turned into a co-ed institution.


You can only learn through practice which involves repetition. The Academy prepares young men and women for service and beyond. Experience is one of the major values the institute uses to develop expert cadets in every field. Dedication, honor, respect and integrity are a few other values strongly believed in.

The main aim is to provide an enriching college education in association with leadership skills and all round awareness, while being a source of knowledge and information.


California Maritime Academy Campus

The academy’s assigned location in Vallejo, California is a waterfront property. Apart from its scenic beauty, the location facilitates mock drills during training cruises aboard the school’s training vessel, Golden Bear. The ship is 500 feet long with laboratories and classrooms enhancing the maritime experience.

The academy maintains laudable boarding amenities for its students in addition to its state-of-the- art technological teaching apparatus.

Address 200 Maritime Academy Dr, Vallejo, CA 94590, United States
County Solano
Size 89 Acres
Year Founded 1929
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Merit Scholarship Offered Yes


The Academy accepts high school graduates, transfer students, exchange students, veterans and even those looking for a second degree.

Application forms can be accessed online for $55 per applicant. SAT or ACT scores are mandatory. The college website also gives directions for calculating a cadet’s eligibility index and the list of other requirements for applying.

The cost is $26,463 on campus, $27,105 off campus and $19,747 for those living with parents and relatives. These fees are not inclusive of training sessions aboard Golden Bear.


California Maritime Academy Students

A total of seven degrees are available to the 1,200 students enrolled at the Academy. Six of them are Bachelor’s degrees in business, engineering, transport, global studies and maritime affairs. The seventh is a Master’s degree in transportation and engineering management.

Besides professional courses, cadets can enroll in simulation exercises and internships. Graduating from CMA does not come with the obligation of joining military commissions, but it is an option supported with financial aid.


“Keelhaulers” is the name of the interscholastic athletic program at the academy. Sports activities for men comprise of crew, rugby, cross country, basketball, soccer, golf and water polo. As for women’s athletics, the activities include crew, cross country, basketball and water polo. Optional military programs include air force and navy ROTC, coast guard operations and Navy Reserve / Strategic Sealift Officer Program (SSOP).

Admission Information:

  • Admissions Phone: 707-654-1330
  • Email:
  • Fax: 707-654-1336



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