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 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
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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