California Maritime Academy

Address: 200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo, California, United States

The California Maritime Academy is a waterfront campus located in Vallejo, Calif., 30 miles north of San Francisco. It is a degree-granting maritime academy, one of just seven in the United States. Skills taught in the classroom are applied by students aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear. Cal Maritime prepares students for a variety of maritime careers.

A total of 850 students attend the university. The job placement rate of Cal Maritime is the highest in the CSU system. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14 to 1, and the average class size is 22. Tuition and fees add up to $7,034, and the total estimated annual cost for a California resident is $23,759 for on-campus students, $25,247 for off-campus students. Non-California residents pay an extra $372 per semester unit.

California Nautical School was established in 1930 in present-day Tiburon. Nine years later, the name of the school was officially changed to California Maritime Academy, and the campus was moved in 1943 to its current location in Vallejo. In the 1970s, the institution became a four-year university, and minority and female cadets graduated from the school for the first time. It officially became part of the California State University system in 1996.

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