Neil SterudThe following story was written by cadet Neil Sterud for the Contra Costa Herald. Sterud is currently a senior business administration-international business and logistics major who is currently interning at the Herald.

Nestled amidst the picturesque hills along the San Pablo Bay waterfront, California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) stands as a hidden gem. Despite being the smallest campus of the CSU system, Cal Maritime boasts an impressive track record far beyond its modest size. Graduates from this maritime-focused institution consistently achieve remarkable success. 

However, it’s not just the size that separates. The campus embraces a distinctive culture that sets it apart from other universities. Here, students don uniforms, engage in military-style formations, and unite under the distinctive banner of The Keelhauler.

While enjoying a commendable reputation among those familiar with its offerings, Cal Maritime faces the challenge of limited awareness beyond its niche maritime industry market. The school’s staff recognizes this hurdle, and the academy has been diligently working to overcome it and shed light on the exceptional educational opportunities it offers.

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Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus offers undergraduate degrees that prepare students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.