Maritime Academies

The Marine Exchange of Alaska provides here a list of University Level Maritime Academies with links to their home pages.

Alaskan residents, particularly high school students, interested in a maritime career can research admission requirements to these institutions.

Interested students should be aware that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, provides a 4 year university education at no charge to candidates who can qualify for admission. The same is true for the United States Coast Guard Academy and the United States Naval Academy.

The California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California, charges tuition, but it has marine industry sponsored scholarships available for Alaskan students. The other Maritime Academies in New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan and Texas also charge tuition. All of these schools provide 4 year university degrees in either marine engineering, marine transportation, meteorology and oceanography or other career fields applicable to the marine industry. Graduation from one of these programs normally qualifies the student to take the U.S. Coast Guard license examination for third mate oceans unlimited tonnage or third assistant engineer of steam or motor vessels of any horsepower. For a young person in high school with good academic credentials and a desire for an exciting career offering excellent pay and benefits with world wide travel possibilities, study and attendance at one of these institutions is the best way to get started in this industry.


The Academies

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

The purpose of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is to ensure that men and women who are intelligent, dedicated, well-educated and competent are available to the nation as shipboard officers and as leaders in the transportation field who will meet the challenges of the present and the future.
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy website

Cal Maritime

Located in Vallejo, California, The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is a unique and specialized campus of The California State University that offers students bachelor’s degrees in international business and logistics, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology, marine transportation, and mechanical engineering. and the only one on the West Coast.
Cal Maritime website

Massachusettes Maritime Academy

The mission of Massachusetts Maritime Academy is to graduate educated men and women to serve the maritime industry as licensed officers or to serve the transportation, engineering, environmental, and industrial interests of the Commonwealth and the Nation. The Academy supports the national defense by the commissioning of officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine and the U.S. Armed Forces.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy website

Maine Maritime Academy

Maine Maritime Academy is a career-oriented college that strives to continue to be the globally recognized leader in providing the highest quality maritime, engineering, engineering technology, marine science, and logistics education with facilities and laboratories that are at the leading edge of technological innovation.
Maine Maritime Academy website

Maritime College - State University of New York - SUNY

SUNY Maritime is a four-year college located at historic Fort Schuyler in Throgs Neck, New York which offers a solid academic program coupled with a structured cadet life in the regiment for both men and women. Maritime College prepares students for careers through a content-centered curriculum and a hands-on, team building approach to learning. Maritime offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, 20 varsity athletic teams, summer training cruises to Europe, five ROTC options, and US Coast Guard license and intern programs.
State University of New York Maritime College website

Texas A & M

The U.S. Maritime Service Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University at Galveston provides an opportunity for you to learn how to operate and maintain an ocean-going vessel. In addition to classroom and field training during the regular school year, you will sail aboard the TEXAS CLIPPER, the Academy training ship, during three summer cruises to gain practical experience in seamanship, navigation, and engineering operations.
Texas Marine Academy website

Great Lakes Maritime Academy

The Great Lakes Maritime Academy is more than just a college experience. As Michigan's State Maritime Academy, our college educates and trains the finest Deck and Engineering officers available to the commercial shipping industry.
Great Lakes Maritime Academy website

U.S. Coast Guard Academy

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is proud to educate leaders of a multi-mission, maritime military force. As a commissioned officer in the Coast Guard, you will be leading a team of men and women who are continually called on to serve their community, country and fellow citizens. As the smallest of the five U.S. service academies, the Coast Guard Academy offers the elite higher education, rigorous professional development, and honor and tradition of a military academy but with a more personalized approach. U.S. Coast Guard Academy website

U.S. Naval Academy

Our mission is "to develop midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to provide graduates who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government."
U.S. Naval Academy website