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 60 cadets each year; early completion of application materials is advised.
  • FAFSA forms should be completed as soon as possible after Jan. 1 to be eligible for maximum aid.

Transfer Students

Admission Requirements:

  • At least 17 years of age with a high school diploma or GED
  • United States citizen
  • No prior or pending misdemeanors, felonies or legal expungements
  • United States Coast Guard physical standards and all requirements for licensing as a United States Merchant Marine Officer, as established by federal law
  • ACT or SAT minimum 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 transcripts, if less than 48 college credits completed 
  2. College transcripts from all schools attended
  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 »
  6. If Veteran, Undeleted DD214, Armed Services Discharge Report

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