Items required for to make an admission decision:
A completed online application, the $70.00 application fee, and an SAT or ACT score (required for almost all applicants).
Academic requirements for First-Time Freshmen:
Qualifying CSU Eligibility Index score for your major.
“C” grade or better in each of the required college prep courses for your major listed in the table below
Minimum 2.0 overall GPA (Grades earned in the 9th grade are not factored into the GPA calculation, but do count as fulfilling the college prep coursework requirements.)
Impacted majors (competitive admissions), and additional requirements:
Marine Engineering Technology
Facilities Engineering Technology
Non Impacted Majors:
International Business and Logistics
Global Studies and International Affairs
Required College Prep Coursework (CSU/UC A-G list)
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A – 2 years U.S. History & Social Science (e.g. American Government, World History)
B – 4 years High School English
C – 3 years to 4 years Math—Elementary Algebra, Geometry, Intermediate Algebra.
4th year (Pre-Calculus) recommended for Marine Transportation majors & required for Mechanical Engineering majors
D – 2 years Science with lab—one Biological Science and one Physical Science (Physics is recommended for Marine Transportation majors)
E – 2 years Foreign Language (must be in the same language)
F – 1 year Visual or Performing Arts
G – 1 year College Preparatory Electives (extra courses taken in any of the above categories, plus electives designated by the school)
The CSU Eligibility Index – Grades & Test Scores
Your GPA x 800 = _______ + Combination of SAT Math and SAT Reading scores = Your Index
Your GPA x 200 = _______ + (ACT composite x 10) = Your Index
Minimum qualifying index score for California residents:
Minimum Eligibility Index = 2950 SAT (694 with ACT) for two of our majors, Business Administration – International Business and Logistics as well as Global Studies and Maritime Affairs.
Our impacted majors, Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering Technology, Facilities Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering use a higher eligibility score based on the quantity and quality of the applicants to each program.
Applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher applying to our Business Administration – International Business and Logistics or Global Studies and Maritime Affairs majors can be admitted without an SAT or ACT score although it is highly recommended to take either test.
Requirements for residents outside California:
The Minimum Eligibility (index score) for all majors is 3,570 for those using the SAT in their index score calculation or 842 for those using the ACT in their index score calculation.
The Minimum Eligibility (index score) may be higher for 2018 Marine Transportation applicants, Marine Engineering Technology applicants, Facilities Engineering Technology applicants, and Mechanical Engineering applicants as determined based on the quantity and academic quality of the applicants.
SAT or ACT scores: All students should submit an SAT or ACT score. Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering Technology, Facilities Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering applications will not be considered without a test score.
SAT or ACT Scores
Sending test scores to Cal Maritime:
Cal Maritime’s SAT Code is 4035 or the general SAT code for the CSU System of 3594.Our ACT Code is 0184.
Latest date to take or re-take the SAT or ACT:
Early Action option: All tests must be taken no later than the October test date offered by the testing service. All scores should arrive at our office by November 30.
Regular Admission option: All tests must be taken no later than the December test date offered by the testing service. All scores should arrive at our office by January 11.