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Cal Maritime, the smallest campus of the California State University (CSU) system, offers students a distinctive campus community as the only maritime academy on the West Coast. In addition to the hands-on education received in the classroom, the campus offers a plethora of opportunities for cadets to lead, learn, and thrive. It provides a safe environment that encourages a sense of belonging and teamwork, responsibility, discipline, professionalism, maturity, and attention to detail -- qualities highly prized by the companies and organizations that hire our graduates. 

Our small campus on the water, tucked into Morrow Cove, provides cadets with everything they need to grow socially & professionally. With a variety of clubs, collegiate athletic teams, professional societies, cultural and interest groups, there is something for everyone to do outside of the classroom. 

Cal Maritime is a residential campus and takes pride in the inclusive community that results from living-learning together. With a live-on campus culture, cadets are only a short walk from their peers, faculty, or live-on professional staff. You'll find additional opportunities for personal growth in our intramural and intercollegiate athletic programs, student-run clubs & organizations, Cadet Leadership positions, and campus volunteer, recreational, social, and cultural events.

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Each student is a member of the Corps of Cadets. Through the unique Corps of Cadet structure, every cadet is in a division. Divisions consist of upper class and underclass with similar majors. Divisions routinely meet outside of mandatory functions to host BBQs, video game nights, and academic study sessions. Many alumni will describe their division as their family away from home.

Furthermore, Cal Maritime offers every cadet the opportunity to be a part of the global community and increase their awareness of new cultures through the training cruises on the Golden Bear or International Experience abroad. The immersive experience provided at Cal Maritime prepares cadets for their professional careers while also helping them thrive during their college years.

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Cadet Leadership and Development Departments



Cadet Leadership and Development Partners



Cadet Leadership and Development Initiatives

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Basic Needs

Included in basic needs is availability of gently used uniforms from the Uniform Locker. Most garments are available in multiple sizes. All cadets are encouraged to check out the locker for available garments before buying new ones.



Contact Josie Alexander at to schedule a time to select your uniform.

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Keelhauler Family 

The Keelhauler Family program, KFam, is designed to give you the tools to support your student at Cal Maritime. We invite you to join us in promoting student engagement both within and outside the classroom. Your active involvement is integral to making your student's college experience a success.


Cadet Community Connection

The Cadet-Community Connection offers cadets an opportunity to have a local "family connection." The Hosts -- caring residents from the local community -- will provide friendship, understanding, encouragement, plus a sense of family and the feeling of having a "home away from home" to incoming freshmen as they meet the challenges associated with a demanding first year.




Keelhauler Shops

We are your source for textbooks and school supplies. You can also find team apparel, gifts and accessories for women, men and kids at our main bookstore and outlet locations.


Cadets at the 2022 Gala

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

California State University Maritime Academy is committed to promoting an environment that supports every member of our community in an atmosphere of mutual respect, fairness, cooperation, professionalism and leadership.