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First-Time Freshmen

"What is the next available entry term for my major?"

Fall 2018 for the following majors - Apply now through Jan. 1, 2018 at www.calstate.edu/apply

Fall 2019 for the following majors - Apply Oct. 1, 2018 through Nov. 30, 2018 at www.calstate.edu/apply

"How can I apply?"

Apply online at Cal State Apply - www.calstate.edu/apply. There will also be a $55.00 application fee (debit card, credit card, e-check, or PayPal) required as you submit the online application. There are two admission options - Early Action & Regular Admission:

Cal Maritime's Early Action (EA) Option - Only available during the month of October

Applicants from high school who consider Cal Maritime a top choice may use the Early Action (EA) option. EA allows students who apply early to receive a decision on their application on December 15th – 1 ½ months before our other applicants.

Candidates are reviewed based on their academic performance in classes as self-reported in the online admission application, their standardized test scores, and (for impacted majors) optional resumes we receive.

Although EA applicants should consider Cal Maritime a top choice, the program does not ask students to rush their decision to attend if admitted. Students admitted under this plan will have the same deadline to commit to Cal Maritime as all other admitted students. That date is May 1st.

All of the following criteria must be met to be considered for the Early Action program:

  • EA applicants must be applying as first-time freshmen. The program is not available to transfer students.
  • EA applicants must answer "Yes" to the Early Action question on Cal Maritime's Cal State Apply online application. This question is in the "Program Materials" known as the 4th quadrant. 
  • The online application and application fee (or fee waiver) must be submitted between October 1st and October 31st. Optional resumes for impacted majors are due by November 30. The resume can be uploaded with the application (in the Program Materials section) or emailed after.
  • EA applicants must take the SAT or ACT by the October testing dates. 

The Early Action process includes:

  • Applicants who are admitted under the Early Action program will be notified on December 15th – 1 ½ months before regular admission applicants.
  • Admitted students to the Early Action program will have the same May 1st deadline for committing to Cal Maritime as those admitted through the later, Regular Admission process.
  • Early Action applicants not accepted for the EA program will be notified on December 15th that their applications will be re-reviewed through the Regular Admission program and receive their decision with the larger group on February 1st.

Cal Maritime's Regular Admission (RA) Option

All applicants who do not choose the Early Admission option are evaluated using the Regular Admission option.

The Regular Admission (RA) option includes a longer application window (October 1st through November 30th), and allows test scores from tests as late as December.  Freshman RA applicants are all notified about their admission decision by February 1st while tranfer applicants are notified on February 15. Commitments to attend by RA admitted students are due May 1st.

"What items are required for your office to make an admission decision?"

A completed online application, the $55.00 application fee, and an SAT or ACT score (required for almost all applicants).

  • We accept either the old or new version of the SAT.

"What are the academic requirements for First-Time Freshmen?

  • Qualifying CSU Eligibility Index score for your major. 
  • "C" grade or better in each of the required college prep courses for your major listed in the table below
  • Minimum 2.0 overall GPA (Grades earned in the 9th grade are not factored into the GPA calculation, but do count as fulfilling the college prep coursework requirements.)

"How will the "new" SAT impact the Fall 2018 admission process?"

SAT tests given in March, 2016 or later are considered the "new" SAT.  Cal Maritime (and the entire CSU system) will accept the old and new SAT in application evaluation.  The only limit is super scoring the old and new tests.  We can combine (superscore) the best scores from the old SAT version  and combine (superscore) the best scores from the new SAT version....but not combine superscore old and new together.

The minimum required index score for entrance in a non-impacted program, 2,950 for California residents and 3,570 for out-of-state students (combination of Grade Point average and SAT scores) remains the same for the Fall 2017 admission process regardless of whether the student uses the old or new version of the SAT in the eligibility formula.

Note that the minimum SAT Math score required for certain impacted programs has increased for those who submit the new SAT.  Check the individual requirements by major for those updates.

"Which majors are impacted (competitive admissions), and what are their additional requirements?"

Required Courses

What are the Required Courses from High School (A-G Categories)?


Required College Prep Coursework (CSU/UC A-G list)
Find exact courses that meet each category at YOUR California high school at 

2 years
U.S. History & Social Science (e.g. American Government, World History)
4 years
High School English
3 years to
4 years
Math—Elementary Algebra, Geometry, Intermediate Algebra.
4th year (Pre-Calculus) recommended for Marine Transportation majors & required for Mechanical Engineering majors
2 years
Science with lab—one Biological Science and one Physical Science
(Physics is recommended for Marine Transportation majors)
2 years
Foreign Language (must be in the same language)
1 year
Visual or Performing Arts
1 year
College Preparatory Electives (extra courses taken in any of the above categories, plus electives designated by the school)

The CSU Eligibility Index – Grades & Test Scores

"How is it Eligibility Index calculated?"

Multiply the High School GPA by 800, and then add your critical reading and math scores from the SAT Reasoning Test. ACT students multiply GPA by 200, then add ten times your ACT composite score.

  • Your GPA x 800 = _______ + Combination of SAT Math and SAT Reading scores = Your Index
  • Your GPA x 200 = _______ + (ACT composite x 10) = Your Index

"What is the minimum qualifying index score for California residents?"

  • Minimum Eligibility Index = 2950 SAT (694 with ACT) for two of our majors, Business Administration - International Business and Logistics as well as Global Studies and Maritime Affairs. Our impacted majors, Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering Technology, Facilities Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering use a higher eligibility score based on the quantity and quality of the applicants to each program.
  • Applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher applying to our Business Administration - International Business and Logistics or Global Studies and Maritime Affairs majors can be admitted without an SAT or ACT score although it is highly recommended to take either test.

"How are requirements different for residents outside California?"

  • The Minimum Eligibility (index score) for all majors is 3,570 for those using the SAT in their index score calculation or 842 for those using the ACT in their index score calculation.
  • The Minimum Eligibility (index score) may be higher for 2018 Marine Transportation applicants, Marine Engineering Technology applicants, Facilities Engineering Technology applicants, and Mechanical Engineering applicants as determined based on the quantity and academic quality of the applicants. 
  • SAT or ACT scores: All students should submit an SAT or ACT score. Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering Technology, Facilities Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering applications will not be considered without a test score.  

SAT or ACT Scores

  • "What are the codes so I can have my test scores sent to Cal Maritime?"

Cal Maritime's SAT Code is 4035 or the general SAT code for the CSU System of 3594.Our ACT Code is 0184.

  • "What is the latest date I can take or re-take the SAT or ACT?"

Early Action option: All tests must be taken no later than the October test date offered by the testing service. All scores should arrive at our office by November 15.

Regular Admission option: All tests must be taken no later than the December test date offered by the testing service. All scores should arrive at our office by January 11.

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Cal Maritime, Office of Admission
200 Maritime Academy Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94590

(707) 654-1330 (Office)
(707) 654-1336 (FAX)


Admission Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Scheduled Breaks/Holidays:

Mar 30: Cesar Chavez Holiday (Campus Closed)
Apr 23 - 26: Spring 2018 Finals
Apr 27 - Aug 17: No Classes or Ship Access

May 28: Memorial Day (Campus Closed)
July 4: Independance Day (Campus Closed)
Aug 20: Fall Classes Begin
Aug 20 -31 No Ship Access but Classes in Session

Sep 3: Labor Day (Campus Closed)


Admission Office Resources

Admission Process Deadlines
Annual Security Report (Jeanne Cleary Act)
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