Great Lakes Maritime Academy veterans


Getting Started

Admissions Process: Apply!

Contact the Great Lakes Maritime Academy Admissions Office if you have any questions at either (231) 995-1213 (for the Director or prospective cadets with last names A–K) or (231) 995-1209 (for the Admissions Specialist or prospective cadets with last names L–Z).

The Great Lakes Maritime Academy is proud to be a division of Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) and offer our veterans many outstanding services.

NMC prides itself on having many services specifically designed to support your individual needs. We will not only ensure that you have a smooth transition but will make sure that you have the necessary support and resources to accomplish your educational goals. Our office of Military & Veteran Services will also assist you in getting connected to campus and community resources.

Alyssa Irani
School Certifying Official
(231) 995-1058

Thank you for your interest in Great Lakes Maritime Academy, and more importantly, for your service to our country!

For admission to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, you must apply to the Maritime Academy, not NMC — contact the Great Lakes Maritime Academy Admissions Office for more information.

Admissions Requirements:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • United States citizen
  • Prior or pending misdemeanors, felonies or legal expungements must be adjudicated by the Maritime Admissions Office.
  • United States Coast Guard physical standards and all requirements for licensing as a United States Merchant Marine Officer, as established by federal law
  • Academic placement may be accomplished through ACT/SAT test scores (must be less than 5 years old), transferrable college credit or AP scores or placement testing.

Standardized Test Scores

New SAT (March 2016–present, Academy code 6982)


Evidence Based Reading and Writing



Engineering Officer Program




Deck Officer Program




ACT (Academy code 1978)






Engineering Officer Program





Deck Officer Program





Pre 2016 SAT (Academy code 6982) — Ccontact the Academy

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 high school transcripts (or GED)
  2. Transcripts from all colleges attended (if any). We highly recommend sending your military transcripts, but they are not required.
  3. Merchant Mariner Credential Medical Evaluation Report (PDF)
  4. Two letters of recommendation with contact information
  5. Undeleted DD-214, Armed Services Discharge Report. Find necessary forms here.
  6. A campus visit is required, but may be completed after an admission decision is received. Schedule your campus visit.

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Transfer Equivalency Guide

Tuition and Fees


Financial Resources For Veterans:

Eligibility for DVA educational benefits rests solely with the DVA. You may contact them by calling (888) 442-4551 or visiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at


Request Transcripts

While serving, you may have taken military and job-specific courses that are worth college credit. Request your transcripts be sent to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

Important Dates

  • Maritime classes for incoming first-year cadets begin Fall semester only.
  • The Academy admits approximately 60 cadets each year
  • Early completion of application materials is advised. Application and deadline dates are found on our application page.
  • Even if using the GI Bill®, we encourage veterans to submit their FAFSA. The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible using school code 002302 and are available Oct 1 of the year prior to start of classes.
  • In Michigan, the FAFSA should be submitted by March 1 of the year classes start to be eligible for maximum aid.

Benefit Information