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Rank: 112

California State University Maritime Academy

Cal Maritime students graduate ready to hit the high seas. That's due partly to the school's annual training program, in which students live and work aboard a 500-foot ship, the Golden Bear, following an itinerary that might take them through the Panama Canal or across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. The hands-on experience, plus the rigorous curriculum offerings in the school's seven nautical degree programs, gives graduates the skills and experience to sail smoothly into the job force. Most recently, Cal Maritime has created an oceanography degree that fits in well with the school's nautical theme and waterfront campus. The small average class size helps to foster a sense of community and close interactions with professors. The waterfront school, one of seven degree-granting maritime institutions in the U.S. and the only one on the West Coast, boasts the highest job placement rate of any campus in the California State University system. Its cost of attendance is about on par with national averages. Most people live on campus, and all students have to wear a uniform to class. (Luckily, as the university's website says, "everybody looks good in khaki.")
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$29,300
% of students who get any grants
52%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,600
Average price for low-income students
$8,370
admissions
Acceptance rate
66%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
1,048
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
N/A
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
64%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$26,000
Average salary within 3 years
$67,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
85%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Oct 31
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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