Important dates

  • Maritime classes for incoming first-year cadets begin fall semester only. Formal reviews for acceptance will be made by the director of admissions until the class is full.
  • The Academy admits approximately 60 cadets each year; early completion of application materials is advised.
  • FAFSA forms should be complete as soon as possible after Jan. 1 to be eligible for maximum aid.

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Admission requirements

  • United States citizen
  • Be at least 17 years of age with a high school diploma or GED
  • No misdemeanors, felonies or legal expungements
  • United States Coast Guard physical and all requirements for licensing as a United States Merchant Marine Officer, as established by federal law.
  • ACT  or  SAT minimum score requirements (below) or COMPASS placement test results (below) or transferable Intermediate Algebra and English Composition college credits.
ACT (Academy code 1978)
English Math Reading Composite
19 19 19 20
SAT (Academy code 6982)
Reading Writing Math Total
480 480 480 1440
COMPASS Placement Test
Reading Writing Algebra
78 45 37

Please note these are the minimal score sets required to be considered for admission into the Academy. Acceptance is competitive.


A completed application includes

  1. Official copies of high school (and college transcripts, if applicable) from all schools attended
  2. ACT, SAT or COMPASS placement test scores or transferable credit
  3. Merchant Mariner Credential Medical Evaluation Report (PDF) »
  4. Two letters of recommendation with contact information
  5. A campus visit is required. Schedule your campus visit »

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