About California State University Maritime Academy

Founded in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy. is a Public college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,107 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The California State University Maritime Academy Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 65 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at California State University Maritime Academy include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate68%
Application Deadline
Application Fee55
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Admissions at CMA are considered Selective, with ,1% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 20 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


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California State University Maritime Academy REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    25 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 4 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    22 Students rated off-campus housing 2.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    25 Students rated campus food 2.8 stars. 4 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    25 Students rated campus facilities 3.5 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    25 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    25 Students rated school activities 3.2 stars. 4 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    25 Students rated local services 3.5 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    25 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of California State University Maritime Academy?

5 Students rated California State University Maritime Academy


I have now been attending Cal Maritime for a year and i can say that overall it is a great school. First off a beautiful campus right on the bay with one of the most beautiful sunsets. Many of the buildings, library and dining hall, along with some of the rooms look out at the bay. The dorms are all 2 person dorms, and community bathrooms only in freshman dorms. Students are required usually to stay all 4 years on campus, and because of this you are usually for sure going to get a room. all other dorms are suite style. don't ever have to clean the bathrooms and only 2 to a room, only downfall is no air-conditioning. Small campus, only takes about 5-10 minutes to get to any of the buildings, just be ready for a lot of stairs!! Dining hall food does have some off days, but one can usually find something to eat. since it is an all you can eat buffet style. Including dining hall have a bistro and also a cafe for quick grabs of sandwiches and salads throughout the day, and burritos and pizza at nights.And we have a great pastry chef called moms who deserts are to die for. Small school with approx. 1,200 students, and 75{6f65e1278338a62264eed73e2adc5af8e2841420db12ceb4f80b8db22f3260ec} male, but the female population is growing in percentage each year. We only have 6 majors also, so all classes are very specialized, with teachers who have very high degrees in the subjects they teach. due to the small school size, we have small class sizes of 35 or less, and are a great community. while we do live a semi-milateristic life style, with wearing uniforms, attending morning formation 3 times a week at 7:20 in the morning, and watch duty standing, we are not required to join the military. instead it is a coast guard requirement for some students and for others teaches them skills for life. IF you are interested in one of the six majors at this school, i would highly advise looking into it. I have had a great time here and can't wait for more years to come. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask me at [email protected]


From what I've seen so far, I've enjoyed being in Cal Maritime. The campus is beautiful, the students are professional and helpful, the faculty are easily accessible, and the on-campus dorms, while small, are easy to live in. The only issue I have is how far other stores can be from the campus, but other than that I've got no complaints.


California Maritime Academy is one of the most unique schools you will find. With a small campus and small class sizes the teachers know their students. This is a unique world that most people do not know about and is a vital, important, and growing industry. With hard work one can succeed with a life in this industry whether at sea or ashore.

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My overall opinion about California State University Maritime Academy is just that it is an amazing school with amazing education opportunities. The overall teacher to student ratio is amazing if you like small schools! Cal Maritime is an amazing school with unique learning opportunities, with overseas experience.

California State University Maritime Academy FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at California State University Maritime Academy?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for California State University Maritime Academy is 68%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    "Hey Kabrianna. I know that you are stressed, but without stress, we wouldn't accomplish half of what we do! Don't let that stress worry you, because you CAN and WILL do it, I promise. Continue keeping your grades high, but do not forget to put family first. It is so easy to say ' I will just stay out tonight and come home later' and before you know it, it is time to grow up, and your beloved sister, Kyla, feels distant. Most of all, realize that you will be OKAY! In Fall of 2013, you're going to rock your red graduation gown and smile to your unsupportive family as you're eighteen with your associates and a 3.9 GPA! There will be a time you are bitter for supporting the family and be the provider. I know it's hard to believe, but they will be okay without you and things will look up. Mom will straighten up and help you care for Kyla. You just need to stay strong, and keep on keeping on. Its going to be hard, but breathe, because you will be okay, I promise. Take care, and boys are bad, mkay?"

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  3. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Faculty giving students the run around when trying to solve simple issues

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  4. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    How small and strick the school is.

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  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    If you hate regitmentation; strict uniform and grooming standards. If you need diversity or want a lot of courses to choose from.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school is very focused, uniforms are required and everybody is held to a grooming standard, however the end result is worth it; you get a great paying job and are placed into an ever expanding shipping industry.

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  7. Describe the students at your school.

    If my classmates must be described in only one sentence, I would use that sentence to explain such that there is no way in hell, I mean positively no way- that one can describe such a demographic in one arrogant fell swoop of his breath.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone focused on a Maritime career.

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Marine-related majors, specifically Marine Engineering Technology and Marine Transportation, although my major is Mechanical Engineering with USCG Third Assistant Engineer's License.

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  10. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about the school is that it is mostly male dominated becuase our school is focused of saling after graduation. Most faculty and students are male and sometimes that puts the female at the school to a disadvantage and a little discrimination.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Rather than sitting in a lecture hall all day, often times we are doing kinisthetic activities that pertain to the Maritime industry such as driving a forklift, operating a crane, or piloting a small boat.

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Its a Maritime Academy it specialize, which means people here are pretty sure of what they want.

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  13. What's unique about your campus?

    The small size of the campus allows you to take comfort in its space. I used to feel completely safe until the lower classes started having problems with certain individuals violating others. It's all dependent on who got accepted despite their personal behavior even if they are academically intelligent and great. It's easy to get around and if something happens, it's not hard to describe where you are.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

67% of students attending California State University Maritime Academy receive some sort of financial aid. 23% were awarded federal grants. While 51% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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