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Whether you are packing your own bags for Orientation 2021 or preparing to send a family member we wish to give you a warm welcome.

This site is designed to be an easy way to find all the information you will need. For new cadets, you will visit here often to get up-to-date information, schedules, and download materials. For families, you will get arrival information and a schedule of family events. 

These pages will be updated throughout the summer, so please refer to them regularly.

We are excited to see you and wish you safe travels.

On behalf of the entire campus, I want to welcome you to the Cal Maritime community.  We are planning an exciting orientation program for all of our incoming cadets, and we will be contacting you regularly throughout the summer with updates and news via your Cal Maritime e-mail.  In the meantime, I want to provide you with the following highlights:

  • We are planning for most, if not all, classes to be in person!
  • August 31:  Move-in day for residence halls
  • September 1 – September 6:  In-person orientation (required for all incoming cadets)
  • September 7:  Classes begin

Parents are welcome to accompany their Cal Maritime cadets to campus; however, due to anticipated social distancing requirements, we encourage everyone to limit the number of family members attending.  We will have special parent orientation sessions via Zoom throughout the month of August on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 -6:30pm. Details to follow soon.

We know that you will have many questions, and we will keep you informed along the way.  We will be posting all the information about orientation, and other details, on our Orientation webpages.  You can always contact us directly at orientation@csum.edu

Finally, the academic calendar for the 2021-2022 school year is available here.  Additional dates and details will be added as they become available. 

I know that the past year has dramatically impacted students and their families.  Please know that the health and safety of our cadets is Cal Maritime’s number-one priority as we prepare for your arrival.  We are excited to see all of you in the fall and help you start the next chapter of your life at Cal Maritime.

Stay tuned for more details!

Go Keelhaulers!


Dr. Kathleen McMahon

Vice President for Student Affairs and Cadet Development

Greetings from the Training Ship Golden Bear!

Nearly every summer we have cadets engaged in one of the many broadening opportunities at Cal Maritime. Cruise aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear, International Experience in Vietnam, Europe, or Africa, and multiple internships and co-ops across the world. These opportunities are earned every year by the performance of cadets who were new to Cal Maritime - just like you. The transition and transformation you will experience this year is significant and fellow cadets, faculty, staff, and administration are dedicated to supporting your journey.

I am incredibly humbled and honored to work with all of you, to see your leadership in action, and continue to set a high bar of excellence associated with Cal Maritime . Extensive planning is underway across all departments to facilitate your arrival. When questions come up, please reach out so we can make sure you have the information you need to bring your whole self to orientation. The Corps of Cadets is nearing its centennial mark - 100 years of outstanding contribution to California and the Pacific Rim. Similar to the classes of cadets before you, from the day you arrive to the day you graduate, you will be responsible (and we will be alongside you) for shaping an inclusive, meaningful cadet experience.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing you at the end of August!"


David Taliaferro

Commandant of Cadets

Dear Incoming Students, 

 The Cal Maritime community was able to keep its members safe and healthy during the 20-21 academic year due to strict observance of physical distancing, masking, and ultimately, the vaccination of nearly every member of our community during an on-campus vaccination clinic in March of this year. As a result of these combined measures, we had no cases of person-to-person Covid-19 transmission on campus this year, setting us apart from many other colleges and universities around the country. As the health and safety of our community is our highest priority, we strongly encourage all incoming and transfer students to get fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible if you have not already.  Not only will vaccinating greatly reduce your risk of serious illness, it will also allow you to avoid the potential additional requirements such as continued mask use, ongoing COVID testing, and other measures. 

 In addition, we want to make you aware that it’s likely that proof of an immunization against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, will become a requirement for the fall term before the summer ends. In April, the CSU Chancellor’s office announced that all students, faculty, and staff of the 23-campus system would be required to prove their vaccination status before entering campus -- as soon as one or more of the vaccines is granted approval by the FDA. Since we expect that the FDA designation will occur shortly, we want to encourage everyone to prepare by getting their vaccinations now. 

 If necessary, some exceptions will be granted for health and/or religious reasons. 

 If you haven’t already submitted your proof of Covid-19 vaccination, we will be launching a portal soon specifically designed for this purpose. You can check the orientation web page for details.  

 Additionally, there is lots of good information on this website about Covid-19 vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html 

 Should you have further medical questions please feel free to reach out to our Student Health Office at studenthealth@csum.edu


Dr. Kathleen McMahon, Vice President for Student Affairs and Cadet Development

Dr. Grace Chou, Director of Health Services 

Hello and congratulations on your acceptance to Cal Maritime!

As an incoming student for the 2020/21 academic year, we would like to extend a special invitation to you to join our Cadet-Community Connection program.  We just completed our 7th successful year of the program and hope you will join us for our 8th to help us make it even better!    

If you are not already aware, the Cadet-Community Connection is based on similar programs offered at the Naval Academy, as well as the academies of the other branches of service.  Of course Cal Maritime is not a military academy, but our president, Admiral Tom Cropper, originally presented the idea of having a similar type program on our campus in order to help provide some additional support to all of our incoming freshmen, as well as transfer students.

Our program will offer you an opportunity to have a local family connection, since you will be too far away from home to get back there often/quickly/easily … OR, because you just want to connect with some folks to help you get to know the local area!  Community Hosts – caring residents from the local community --  will provide friendship, understanding, encouragement and a sense of family as you meet the challenges associated with a demanding first-year.  In essence, these Hosts can be your “home away from home”, but keep in mind, you will not live with your Host.

Through interaction with your Community Host, you will learn more about Vallejo and experience the many positive aspects that the town, Solano County, and the Bay Area have to offer.  

Learn more about the program and even submit an online application to be matched with a Community Host by clicking on the following link:    https://www.csum.edu/connection

The deadline for applications is July 23rd, but please submit ASAP so we have ample time to process!

Questions can be directed to:

CSU Maritime Academy

Cadet-Community Connection

200 Maritime Academy Drive

Vallejo, CA 94590

 Coordinator:  JoEllen Myslik