|public university in California for Alumni Earnings 10 Years after Enrollment |
– U.S. Department of Education
|California college for raising students from the bottom 20% in family income to the top 20%|
– The Equality of Opportunity Project
|of only 15 four-year colleges in the U.S. to receive a perfect score for "value added" to student outcomes|
– The Brookings Institute
|of America's Best Public Colleges|
|of the 50 Best Value Engineering Schools|
|of the top 100 public universities in the United States|
– 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings
|Best Bang for the Buck in the West, #5 Baccalaureate University in the U.S. and #1 in Alumni Earnings|
– Washington Monthly
|25 Public Colleges That Are Worth the Money|
|Public Regional College in the West, #3 Overall|
– U.S. News and World Report
25 Top Public Colleges With The Highest-Earning Graduates
|of the 66 gold level winners of the NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award|
– National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
California State University Maritime Academy's waterside campus on the northern end of San Francisco Bay is tucked into a quiet cove with ever-changing views of the ever-changing maritime world. This world is much more than operating commercial ships; it is a global economic force linking with various modes of transportation to get commodities and people from point A to point B. Operating this global enterprise requires engineers, business leaders, port managers, deck officers, environmental advocates, maritime security consultants, etc. Cal Maritime produces professionals in these and other areas related to the ocean as a resource and an engine for a global economy.
Academies are generally small, focused, structured, and offer a high-quality education. These characteristics all describe Cal Maritime. Our 1,125 students study one of only six majors, and students are generally very focused on their chosen fields. Quality, personalized teaching is provided with a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1 and average class size of 20. Some people assume Cal Maritime is a "military" academy because our students wear uniforms, but they are not correct. In fact, 94% of our graduates go directly into for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, or graduate schools while 8% graduate as commissioned officers in the military. We do stress some similar values as the military academies such as leadership and accountability – but our students have no obligation to join the military when they graduate. Our reputation among the many corporations, industries, agencies, and graduate schools filled with Cal Maritime alumni is that of a school preparing professional, responsible, and successful graduates.
As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, Cal Maritime enjoys the strength associated with this planet's biggest university system. Tuition and housing costs are no more than other CSU campuses up and down the state which makes us highly affordable. Our academic quality, however, shares more in common with private colleges. Our average class size of 20 students as well as approachable, mentoring faculty creates the type of academic atmosphere more closely associated with small schools. Forbes Magazine evaluated our value considering the relatively low cost of our education and the success of our graduates and has designated Cal Maritime as one of the top 3 "Best Values" among all California colleges and universities.
The high percentage of students living on campus enhances the sense of community. A truly residential campus is a key element to an academy lifestyle that adds to the students' feeling of ownership of and dedication to the school.
At Cal Maritime, all students are also cadets who comprise the Corps of Cadets that forms the basic organizational structure of the Academy. Your classes will teach you the "hard" skills and knowledge for your degree, but the Corps of Cadets stresses the "soft" skills such as responsibility, accountability, leadership, and professionalism. Those soft skills are what give Cal Maritime graduates such an advantage in their job search and later careers. Leadership is emphasized through our Edwards Leadership Development Program (ELDP).
There are always some things in life (and in college) where the benefits are hard to see in the moment, but they become apparent as people enter their career. Eventually, everyone has dress and grooming standards in the workplace. Cal Maritime considers the campus your "workplace," so cadets wear uniforms during the class day. Generally, personal clothes are just fine after the last class of the day. There are no curfews, but there is a mandatory morning assembly called Quarters three days a week where there are announcements and possible uniform inspections. Actually, wearing uniforms are cheaper than buying four-years of the latest college fashions and everybody looks good in khaki!
One important way that Cal Maritime ensures a global perspective in its graduates is the requirement that all students travel abroad while taking courses and gaining experiences important to each major. The way each student fulfills this requirement is determined by his or her individual major either on our training ship or on school-sponsored study tours. To see what is scheduled for this summer, vist our Follow the Voyages page.
All Cal Maritime cadets in the Marine Transportation program and all three Engineering programs become members of the crew of the 500 foot Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR on at least one sixty day journey visiting a number of ports around the Pacific Rim. The journey takes place for one group of students in May and June and a second group of students in July and August. Follow the blog and photos from last summer's journey until the voyages begin by going to Follow the Voyage. The cadets run the ship (including the bridge and engine room) under the supervision of licensed maritime professionals. Cadets also take classes, perform ship maintenance, and gain a first-hand exposure to ship operations.
Faculty-led, Cal Maritime-sponsored three-week study tours to international locations such as Costa Rica, Vietnam, France/Morocco, or Northern Europe provides our students in the Global Studies & Maritime Affairs program as well as the Business Administration - International Business & Logistics program with a valuable exposure to the business environments and political issues around the globe. View a list of 2017's International Experiences.
A dedicated staff in our Career Development Center works very hard to gather a large list of companies and organizations willing to offer various forms of internships or co-ops and then working with the cadets to match their available internships with specific professional goals. Cadets come back from these experiences more mature, more confident, and with the ability to "connect the dots" between their remaining courses and the demands in the real world.
Cal Maritime alumni predominate in the maritime industry around the Pacific Rim. Those who influence hiring and promotion have direct knowledge of the quality and relevancy of the education we provide. Several of the same companies and agencies that hire Cal Maritime graduates have many other connections to the Academy. We have many industry advisory groups telling us what knowledge, skills and traits they would like to see as part of a changing economy and workforce. 94% of the graduating class of 2016 (all majors) were employed in their field by August 1, 2016. The remaining 6% did not respond to our survey. Average starting salaries in each major were as follows: Marine Transportation $70,000, Marine Engineering Technology, $70,500, Facilities Engineering Technology $73,250, Mechanical Engineering (licensed) $70,600, Mechanical Engineering (non-licensed) $73,250, Business Administration-International Business and Logistics $53,500, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs, $48,000.