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Located on a compact but scenic waterfront campus in Vallejo, California, California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is a unique and specialized campus of the 23-campus California State University system. Serving 1200 students, we are one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States — and the only one on the West Coast.

A key part of the campus experience is the annual training cruise aboard our 500-foot Training Ship Golden Bear. She serves as a floating classroom/laboratory where classroom concepts in marine transportation, engineering and technology are practiced and applied. School-sponsored, study-abroad trips provide those studying international business, logistics, maritime security and maritime policy with a first-hand exposure to those practices in locations around the world.

The unique Cal Maritime program combines classroom learning with applied technology, leadership development and global awareness. No one else does what we do!

Our graduates have excellent career opportunities on land, in ports, and at sea.

Cal Maritime has the highest employment rate in the CSU system - 94% within three months of graduation - with starting salaries near the top of national averages. Government data show Cal Maritime alumni have the highest average salaries of any college or university (public or private) in the western U.S.

10 Facts About Cal Maritime

Founded / 1929 in Tiburon as the California Nautical School.Campus / 92 acres on the picturesque Vallejo, California waterfront.
School Colors / Navy and goldMotto / Cal Maritime's Latin motto, Laborare Pugnare Parati Sumus means "To work, to fight, we are ready." The motto was chosen early in the 20th century when the "Merchant Marine" was closely associated with supplying military efforts in war and peace time. The maritime industry now consists of primarily civilian, commercial shipping and related activities.
The CSU / Cal Maritime joined the California State University in 1995Mascot / Cal Maritime's athletics teams are called the Keelhaulers, and the mascot is named Golden Beard.
AcademicsBachelor's degrees in business administration — international business and logistics, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology, marine transportation, and mechanical engineering, as well as a master's degree in transportation and engineeringGlobal Awareness / All Cal Maritime undergraduates experience international travel either aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear or through one of our many annual international travel opportunities.
Ship / The 500-foot Training Ship Golden Bear is Cal Maritime's fourth training ship, and the third to be called Golden Bear.Academy / The only degree-granting maritime academy on the west coast of the U.S. and one of only seven in the nation.


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 Number onepublic university in California for Alumni Earnings 10 Years after Enrollment 
– U.S. Department of Education
 Number oneCalifornia college for raising students from the bottom 20% in family income to the top 20%
– The Equality of Opportunity Project
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– 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings 
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