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Transfer Students - High School Graduate or GED

You have earned college credits or an Associate Degree, but not a Bachelor's Degree (after high school graduation)

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Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Applicants must be a United States citizen
  • Applicants will be prompted to submit additional documentation if they have prior or pending misdemeanors, felonies or legal expungements. Backgrounds must be adjudicated by the Maritime Admissions Office.
  • Applicants must meet the physical standards and all requirements set by the United States Coast Guard for licensing as a United States Merchant Marine Officer, as established by federal law. This is not an active duty military physical.
  • To be considered, applicants must meet placement standards for their program. Placement in math and English (this can be accomplished by any or a combination of the following):
    • Math Placement: Transferable college credits, Advanced Placement test scores, ACT/SAT that are less than 5 years old (below) or placement testing.
    • English Placement: Transferable college credits, Advanced Placement test scores, ACT/SAT scores (below), High School GPA or GED scores. In some cases a writing sample may be required.
Standardized test scores

SAT (March 2016 - present) Minimum Scores (Academy code 6982)

  

Evidence based Reading and Writing

Math

Total

Engineering Officer Program

530

530

1050

Deck Officer Program

530

580

1110

ACT (Academy code 1978) Minimum Scores

 

English

Math

Reading

Composite

Engineering Officer Program

19

21

19

20

Deck Officer Program

19

24

19

21

Pre March 2016 SAT (Academy code 6982) - Contact the academy

A completed application includes*:

  1. Official high school transcripts or GED.
  2. College transcripts from ALL schools attended and AP scores if applicable.
  3. Merchant Mariner Credential Medical Evaluation Report (PDF) »
  4. Two letters of recommendation with contact information.
  5. If a Veteran, an undeleted DD214, Armed Services Discharge Report is required (copy).
  6. A campus visit is required of admitted students. An applicant may register for a visit once their application is complete, either prior to or after receiving an admissions decision.

*Additional supplemental items may be required by the Admissions Office on an individual basis

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Important dates

  • Maritime classes begin annually each Fall.
  • The Academy admits approximately 60 cadets each year
  • Early submission and completion of an application is advised.  Admission/decision dates can be found here.
  • FAFSA forms should be completed as soon as possible and are available Oct 1 of the year prior to classes starting.  Use school code 002302 on your FAFSA form. 
  • In the state of Michigan, FAFSA must be submitted by March 1 of the year classes begin to be eligible for maximum aid.