Two new Mechanical Engineering concentrations/options [Energy Design and Mechanical Design]  will be offered beginning Fall 2023. These two concentrations replace Mechanical Engineering General Option which will no longer accept new students.  All Mechanical Engineering programs are impacted.

Proposed Changes to Admission Requirements for Fall 2023

Mechanical Engineering and Enginerring Technology programs will be assessed based on the factors listed below, in addition to the basic CSU eligibility requirements.  Further, the admission selection process for each of the impacted programs will incorporate applicants’ overall college GPA, number of completed college courses, number of completed engineering courses, local area (Solano County) residency, and veteran status.  We also recommend submitting a resume to show any background/experience in engineering, leadership, and/or the maritime industry.

Freshman Applicants

Required:  The most recent math course (at least algebra II) must be  passed with a "C-" or better gtade within 5 years of the application term.

  • Each student’s math GPA (Grades 9-11) will be factored into the overall GPA
  • The number of math courses taken beyond Algebra II
  • Veteran status and Foster Youth / Ward of the Court status
  • Additional STEM courses (Areas C, D and G)
  • Participation in activities with maritime or leadership focus (e.g., JROTC, Sea Cadets, Boy/Girl Scouts, EXP, etc.)

Recommended:  Completion of the following:

  • Pre-calculus or equivalent course
  • A course in physics
  • Four years of high school math
Lower Division Transfer Applicants

Required:  Precalculus (CSU GE area B4) must have been passed with a "C-" or better within five years of the application 

Recommended: Completion of the following courses prior to transfer

  • Calculus I, C- or better
  • Engineering Physics with a lab, C- or better
  • General Chemistry with a lab, C- or better
Upper Division Transfer Applicants

Required:  Completion of additional courses with a C- or better grade:

  • Calculus I
  • General Chemistry with a Lab
  • Engineering Physics I or Calculus-based Physics

Recommended: For a more solid foundation for the major, completion of the following courses with a C- or better grade prior to transfer:

  • Calculus II
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Engineering Statics
  • Physics II
  • Properties of Materials



Please use the links below to access presentations and recordings from our November webinars for counselors.  We can also assist you with setting up virtual school bus Zoom visits for your students.  You can request those via



 Applications are open for all majors  for Fall 2022.  Applications will remain open on a space-available basis.  A list of our majors is available at  Please let your students know and remind them of a few important things.

Cal Maritime should be less impacted this year because there is a better balance between available spaces and the number of applicants.

If students were denied a Cal State Apply application fee waiver, it may be because it asked for 2020 family income while so many have lower incomes in 2021.  The students can submit an "Application Fee Waiver Appeal" form directly to the CSU campus. At Cal Maritime, they attach it to an email to 

Please remind your students that things should be different next fall when they start college. Life on campus should be much more normal with vaccinated students, on-campus living, in-person courses, full campus dining, and complete athletic seasons. But they can't take advantage of this post-COVID college life without applying to Cal Maritime now!

To find our programs (majors) on Cal State Apply, students should filter using the word "Maritime" in the "Add Program" tab.                                  


  1. Impacted Majors More Accessible for Mid-Range Students. Fewer students are being turned away from our impacted majors. Many students who would have been waitlisted and never taken off in past years have been and will be admitted outright in marine transportation, marine engineering technology, facilities engineering technology, and mechanical engineering. 

  2. We are Test Blind for Fall 2022 - As part of the CSU, we are totally test blind for this application season…..even for impacted majors!  A 2.50 GPA is required for CA students and 3.00 for Non-CA students. Each CSU campus has determined what multiple factors will be considered as replacement of the SAT or ACT for those with GPAs .50 GPA points below the minimums.  At Cal Maritime, those factors will primarity be the number of courses above the CSU minimum in each A-G category (for example 3rd year Spanish when only 2nd year language is required). Also considered will be residence in our local admission area (Solano County) and those who are foster youth, wards of the court, or unaccompanied minors.

    For impacted majors, we will also be considering the math GPA including 9th grade and number of math courses beyond algebra II, as well as above-minimum A-G coursework in STEM areas. Last, participation in educational programs such as AVID, EXP, etc and leadership and/or maritime experience will be considered. These extra curricular activities can be noted on the applicationin Quadtrant IV. 
  1. Multiple Factors to be Used to Replace the SAT and ACT for Freshman and Lower-Division Transfer Applicants- Students from California high schools with a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49 and students from high schools outside California with a GPA between 2.47 and 2.99 may be admitted by considering the following additional factors: Courses taken in excess of A-G category minimums, GPA improvement in the latter semesters of high school, Residents of Solano County, Veterans, and Minors with no parents.

    Students applying for our impacted majors (see below) will have the following factors considered along with their overall A-G GPA: The high school math GPA in grades 9-12 and the number of math courses taken beyond Algebra II. Students also have the option of submitting a resume via email after applying

  2. Pioneers in Oceanography - Our new oceanography major brought in its first class this year – 26 future oceanographers!

  • Non-Impacted Majors  (using basic CSU eligibility requirements)
    • B.S. in Business Administration 
    • B.A. in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs
    • B.S. in Oceanography
  • Impacted Majors (competitive admission)
    • B.S. in Facilities Engineering Technology
    • B.S. in Marine Engineering Technology
    • B.S. in Marine Transportation
    • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
      • U.S. Coast Guard License Option
      • Energy Design Option - starting Fall 2023
      • Mechanical Design Option - starting Fall 2023
      • General Option (not accepting new students beginning Fall 2023)

Detailed Impaction Information by Major

Interim Impacts on CSU Undergraduate Admissions Policies & Practices

The California State University (CSU) system and campuses, including Cal Maritime, will take all necessary steps to mitigate the disruptions caused by COVID-19 while ensuring the health and safety for our students, faculty, staff, and communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated adjustments to some CSU admission requirements and prior guidance to incoming students for Fall 2021 and beyond.  The CSU will exercise flexibility and accommodation when working with our educational partners and Fall 2022 applicants in meeting admission requirements and the subsequent steps toward enrollment.  Although COVID-19 disrupted work on campuses, forcing faculty and staff to work remotely, processing of admission applications and communications continues.

We offer the following information for school districts, schools, community colleges, colleges, educators, prospective students, and applicants regarding CSU admission. The information is located at the following CSU webpage for first-time freshman applicants and transfer applicants.