California Maritime Academy (CMA)

200 Maritime Academy Dr, Vallejo, CA

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California Maritime Academy is located in Vallejo, CA and is a public institution that provides opportunities for students to meet their goals. CMA, with only about 900 students enrolled, offers a high ratio of teachers to students and personalized education as part of its commitment to students.

Students may choose from many areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Marine Science, Merchant Marine Officer
  • International Relations
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies
  • Business Administration

To be considered for admissions, students may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then studied by admissions staff. Very common scores among students admitted to CMA are within the range of 19 to 26 for the ACT exam, or 960 to 1180 on the SAT exam. This school accepts roughly 70% of applicants yearly. Of those accepted, around 34% enrolled. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is different for in-state and nonresidents. In-state residents pay nearly $7,200 and out-of-state residents pay $19,000 annually. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is approximately $5,200. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the necessary requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

California Maritime Academy participates in athletic programs through the NAIA's California Pacific Conference in Basketball.

Students who wish to learn more about CMA may check out their website at

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the students CMA accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting accepted to California Maritime Academy.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Recommended

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2012

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English19 - 26
ACT ® Math22 - 27
ACT ® Composite Score21 - 26

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into CMA

We have provided a table below which represents your chance for admission at CMA.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions668 (75%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled198 (30%)

Student Enrollment

California Maritime Academy has a total student population of about 1,000.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $12,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $55 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $5,500-$6,600
    • Out-of-State: $17,000-$19,960

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid63%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships39%$7,841
Receiving Student Loans53%$6,320

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 3.8%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, California Maritime Academy may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Graduation Rates

California Maritime Academy has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 59%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years43%
Graduating in 5 Years14%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Intercollegiate Athletics

CMA is a Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with many of the sports being in the NAIA Division II classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (California Pacific Conference)
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Water Polo
  • Other Sports
  • Sailing

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies


Engineering Technology

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

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Contact Information

General Contact

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School Map

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