There are two admission options - Early Action & Regular Admission:
Cal Maritime's Early Action (EA) Option - Those who apply early (in October) and meet the criteria below will receive a review and response by December 15.
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 but they are welcome to still apply in October as well as November.
The online application and application fee (or fee waiver) must be submitted between October 1st and October 31st. Optional resumes for impacted majors (Marine Transportation and all Engineering programs) are due by November 30. The resumes should be sent as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EA applicants must take the SAT or ACT by the October testing dates. We need at least one set of test scores reported in the online application or sent to us separately by November 30.
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 - Those who apply in November or apply in October but do not meet Early Action criteria will receive a review and response by February 1.
All applicants who apply in November or apply in October but do not meet Early Action criteria will be evaluated using the Regular Admission option.
The Regular Admission (RA) option allows a later deadline (through December 15), 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 $70.00 application fee, and an SAT or ACT score (required for almost all applicants).
"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.)
"Which majors are impacted (competitive admissions), and what are their additional requirements?"
4th year (Pre-Calculus) recommended for Marine Transportation majors & required for Mechanical Engineering majors
Science with lab—one Biological Science and one Physical Science (Physics is recommended for Marine Transportation majors)
Foreign Language (must be in the same language)
Visual or Performing Arts
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 30.
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.