Aug 14, 2018  
CSU Maritime Academy 2015/16-2016/17 Catalog 
CSU Maritime Academy 2015/16-2016/17 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

After Being Admitted


To guarantee a space in the freshman class, you must submit a non-refundable* deposit of $500. The deadline for submitting the deposit is May 1. Failure to meet the deadline may result in the cancellation of your offer of admission and of any financial aid award that you may have received. The $500 deposit will be applied to your account as $150 for housing and $350 for uniforms.

*The deposit may be refunded upon request if a student does not pass medical review for his or her major. To secure a refund, all medical documents should have been submitted by April 1, any additionally requested information should be provided in a timely manner, and all information required was filled out by a physician.

Health Screening

All admitted students are required to submit a health report prior to enrollment. The health report form must be completed and signed by a licensed health care provider and returned to Cal Maritime’s Student Health Center (SHC) as soon as possible and before May 1st. The actual physical examination must have been conducted within one year prior to enrollment, and with a tuberculosis test required within 12 months. All parts of the health report form must be adequately completed and reviewed as a condition of being able to register for classes.

There are specific health requirements for all Cal Maritime students as every student is required to participate in off campus activities that may involve travel such as the Training Ship Golden Bear Cruise, International Experience, internships, or Commercial cruise. Certain degree programs in which a U.S. Coast Guard license is a graduation requirement also have physical, perceptual, and psychological qualifications determined by the U.S. Coast Guard (see health criteria below).

The SHC reviews the health reports to determine whether the incoming student meets the health requirements necessary for participation in Cal Maritime Activities including the annual training cruise as applicable, and if enrolled in a license-track program, whether the student potentially meets the health requirements necessary for licensure by the U.S. Coast Guard.

In addition, the CSU and Cal Maritime have specific immunization requirements. All entering students are required to submit proof of the following prior to their first semester of enrollment:

Measles and rubella immunity: All new and re-admitted students born after January 1, 1957, must provide proof of two immunizations against measles and rubella.

Hepatitis B immunization: All new students who will be 18 years of age or younger at the start of their first semester must provide proof of full immunization against Hepatitis B prior to enrollment. Full immunization against Hepatitis B consists of three doses of the vaccine administered over a period of 4 to 6 months at prescribed time intervals.

Meningococcal meningitis vaccine: All freshmen are required to have the vaccine prior to enrollment at Cal Maritime. Students will be required to submit a form indicating that they have received information about meningococcal disease and the availability of a vaccine to reduce the risk of contracting it, and a statement indicating whether or not they have chosen to receive the vaccination at Cal Maritime. These are not admissions requirements, but are required of students as conditions of enrollment at Cal Maritime. If you need further details or have special circumstances, please consult the Student Health Center.

Additional immunization requirements at Cal Maritime include: hepatitis A (two dose series), varicella (two dose series) or proof of immunity, and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria ,and pertussis).

Health Criteria

Students enrolled in license-track programs are required to meet the additional health criteria set forth in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USCG Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC). A non-exhaustive list of the specific health requirements may be found at:

Summary of the eyesight and color vision criteria:

Deck license students or applicants for qualified deck rating should demonstrate that they have correctable vision to at least 20/40 in each eye and uncorrected vision of at least 20/200 in each eye. Engineering license students or applicants for qualified engineering rating should demonstrate that they have correctable vision of at least 20/50 in each eye and uncorrected vision of at least 20/200 in each eye. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) may grant a waiver if the above vision criteria are met in one eye and for uncorrected vision up to 20/800, provided the correctable vision standards are met. Applicants for STCW endorsements should meet the same vision standards. In addition, deck license students are required to demonstrate normal color vision by passing a color vision test approved by the USCG. Marine Engineering candidates are required to show the ability to distinguish red, blue, green, and yellow by passing a color vision test approved by the USCG.

Students enrolled in license-track programs should be able to meet USCG physical agility standards, and physical and mental health criteria. Having current or previous specific medical/physical/psychological conditions may be subject to an additional in-depth review by the USCG at the time of licensure. Any significant functional impairment, medical condition, or physical or psychological impairment, that might prevent a candidate from performing ordinary sea duties or have the potential of causing sudden incapacitation of a cadet or officer at sea, could preclude enrollment in majors leading to USCG licensure.


Before the beginning of each fall semester, the Office of the Commandant conducts a mandatory orientation, a program that introduces new students to Cal Maritime. Students who do not attend the entire program will be dropped from enrollment for the fall semester.

Registration for Courses

First-time students may register for fall semester classes at Cal Maritime after they are accepted and have cleared their health screening, have paid their required deposit, and have submitted any additional documents that may have been requested. Continuing students will receive a registration or enrollment appointment which may be retrieved through the student section of PeopleSoft. Continuing students are required to meet with their advisor prior to registration, and to clear all financial or university obligations before registering for the next term.


All incoming students must obtain a valid passport prior to enrollment. For more information, visit:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

All cadets in USCG license-track majors - Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering - are required to hold a TWIC as of their sophomore year. The TWIC is a prerequisite to application for a USCG Merchant Mariner Credential and is required for cadets enrolling in Sea Training II. Cadets in non-license track programs are encouraged to obtain a TWIC inasmuch as many of the Cooperative Education opportunities are with employers who require a TWIC.

The USCG Licensing Programs Coordinator will provide students with information regarding the TWIC application process during their first year. For more information, visit: (scroll down)


At Cal Maritime all students are required to wear uniforms per MARAD regulations, and uniform and grooming standards are a key component of the Leadership Development program.

All new incoming students are required to purchase the initial-issue sea bag through the Cal Maritime Bookstore. Additional or replacement uniform pieces may be purchased elsewhere, but shall conform in quality, material, and style to uniforms sold through the bookstore. All students are required to be in complete uniform on the first day of class.

Upon acceptance, students should take their sizing sheet to a professional tailor of their choice and send the completed form to the bookstore by May 1st, or as soon as the uniform deposit is paid. This gives the bookstore a chance to pre-order the student’s sizes. A summer fitting appointment to try on the uniform must be scheduled with the bookstore and completed prior to August 1st. This summer fitting ensures that the student’s uniforms are given room for any changes in growth or weight, and it allows the bookstore to send out all items that need tailoring or alteration and have them back in time for pick-up during Orientation Week. Civilian measurements are different from military measurements, so a uniform fitting in person is necessary.

To schedule an appointment, please call the Cal Maritime Bookstore at 707-654-1186. The balance payment for the initial-issue sea bag is due at the time of the fitting appointment. All non-tailored items are taken home at that time, and all items that need tailoring will be available for pick-up during Orientation Week.

For more information, please call the Cal Maritime Bookstore at 707-654-1186, or email

Use of Social Security Number

Applicants are required to include their correct social security numbers in designated places on applications for admission, pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6109).

Cal Maritime uses the social security number to identify students and their records, including identification for the purpose of financial aid eligibility and disbursement and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution.

Also, the Internal Revenue Service requires Cal Maritime to file information returns that include the student’s social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses, and interest on educational loans. This information is used by the IRS to determine whether a student, or a person claiming a student as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes.

Making Up Missing Requirements

Undergraduate applicants who did not complete subject requirements while in high school may make up missing subjects by:

  • completing appropriate courses with a grade of C or higher prior to high school graduation
  • completing appropriate college courses with a grade of C or higher, with each college course that earns at least 3 semester (4 quarter) units being considered equivalent to one year of high school study
  • earn acceptable scores on specified examinations

Non-Transfer of Acceptance

Admission is not transferable either to another term at Cal Maritime or to another CSU campus. Applicants who do not enroll must reapply for admission and must resubmit the application fee and documents.

Document Rights

Cal Maritime reserves the right to determine whether a transcript from another educational institution can be accepted as official. All transcripts and records submitted with the application for admission become the property of Cal Maritime and cannot be returned. Applicants do not have the right to access or review files during the admissions process.

The documents of applicants who enroll are forwarded to the Office of the Registrar and are then accessible for review by the enrolled student, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. When a student withdraws from enrollment, the documents supporting an application for admission, such as transcripts and entrance examination scores, will be held for at least one year before they are destroyed.