Orientation Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Every session of Orientation is mandatory for all cadets, including transfer cadets and veterans. The sessions included in Orientation have been designed to help you become a Cal Maritime Cadet. It takes more to be a Cal Maritime Cadet than it does to be a traditional college student and we want to make sure you have everything you need to be successful.
There are quite a few hotels in the area, but nothing super close to campus. We recommend the Marriott Vallejo Napa Valley, Courtyard Vallejo Napa Valley, Holiday Inn Express Benicia, Double Tree Hotel & Spa Napa Valley, Fairfield Inn & Suites Napa Valley.
Parking permits will not be required on orientation days (dates TBD). If you have a handicapped permit, you will need to bring this in order to park in the designated handicapped spaces.
Parking is limited and there will be a sufficient campus police presence to help with traffic flow. There will be multiple free shuttles running all day to the main parts of campus to help everyone get where they need to be. Specifically for Housing check-in, vehicles will not be allowed to the Residence Hall (including the Training Ship) parking lots until the cadet's designated check in time. There will be student leaders present to help unload the vehicles at the residence hall and get your belongings to your room.
Once cadets move into their respective residence hall, they are required to remain on campus. This helps cadets be ready for an early start the following day. Being in your residence hall also gives cadets an opportunity to meet their fellow classmates before jumping into a hectic Orientation program.
Though it is important to keep all scheduled appointments, in case of delays, prioritize Housing check-in, followed by the Swim Assessment, and finally, uniform pick up. For assistance, talk to a Cadet Leader or staff member.
No worries! If you do not pass the Swim Assessment, you will automatically be enrolled in a swim class. If you are majoring in Engineering or Marine Transportation, you must pass either the Swim Assessment or swim class before you can register for Marine Survival course, which is a pre-requisite for TSGB Cruise.
As you plan for your arrival at Cal Maritime, please note that only Service Animals are allowed in buildings. We welcome animals outside who are on a leash, but bringing Fido or Fluffy for one last goodbye may provide some challenges!
We've got you covered! All incoming cadets are pre-registered for their classes at Cal Maritime. You will meet with your Academic Department Chair and Advisor during Orientation and will have the opportunity to adjust your schedule once classes have started.
Yes. However, if you think you already have a required item, notify the Bookstore Staff and contact the Office of the Commandant to be excused from purchasing the item.
Office of the Commandant: 707-654-1180
All meals during Orientation are covered, starting with dinner on check-in day. Food will be available for purchase at multiple locations on campus on check-in day and during Parent/Family Orientation.
Dining on campus on check-in day is optional. Cadets may wish to eat dinner off-campus with their families while picking up last minute supplies.