For generations, Californians have taken advantage of their coastline to fulfill their dreams and destinies. Not only have the Pacific Ocean and its tributaries have been utilized for business, it also has been utilized as transportation to a new life, and as a focus of a preferred lifestyle. For over 80 years, this proud heritage has endured at the CSU Maritime Academy - a thriving institution of technology, engineering, international business, global studies, and transportation, located on the San Francisco Bay. Our waterfront location, maritime tradition, and Corps of Cadets offer students a unique opportunity for intellectual, professional, and personal development. Our students engage in a living-learning environment that emphasizes active learning both in and out of the classroom. By offering this blend of intellectual exploration, applied technology, and leadership training, Cal Maritime provides graduates with a breadth of professional skills unparalleled in most other institutions of higher education. In addition, the intimacy of our small, residential campus environment creates a richness of shared experiences that defines and binds them to their alma mater for life.
Under the guidance and tutelage of highly skilled, talented and dedicated faculty and staff, we offer a curriculum that, while unique, is flexible enough for graduates to seek careers in many technical, transportation, business, international trade policy, and engineering fields - as well as the traditional maritime fields of shipping, port and terminal management, offshore drilling, and the fishing industries. Proof of that flexibility can be found in our employment and career advancement rates, which are routinely among the highest of any undergraduate institution.
A major cornerstone of our strategic vision is global engagement, with our students participating in the annual cruise aboard our 500-foot Training Ship Golden Bear, sailing on a commercial ship, or working in summer internships with international companies. These experiences expose our students to other cultures, introduce them to a global economy, and give them an opportunity to apply their skills in a real-world setting. In addition, our location on the Pacific Rim in the new American Pacific century offers students a vantage point from which to realize a horizon of enormous opportunity.
We are proud to be part of the California State University system and of our tradition of serving the state and nation as the West Coast's only maritime university. I encourage you to begin preparing for your bright future at Cal Maritime.
Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper, USMS