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Housing & Resources

Learn about housing and dining options, and other student resources. More »

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Sea Projects

Our training ship State of Michigan introduces you to life aboard ship. More »

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Grand Traverse Region

Located in the northwest corner of the lower peninsula of Michigan, the area offers a wealth of recreational opportunities year-round. More »

Oh the places you'll go!

Want to know where other cadets and alumni have been?

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Cadet Organizations

A sailing team and propeller club are among the organizations you can explore as a cadet.

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Cadet Gear

Visit the online bookstore to pick up your maritime gear »

 “I have one of those old blue Great Lakes Maritime Academy t-shirts and the black training ship shirt in my seabag at all times and wear them out in every country I go to. It started in Dubai and then I just kept packing the shirt and wear it every time I head out in another country. I have to support the Academy, even thousands of miles away.”

 CHRIS WAUGAMAN
2007 Great Lakes Maritime
Academy engineering graduate


Cadet Life

The days of a maritime student, known as a cadet, are busy and rewarding. The combination of academics, lab time and shipboard training create an exciting hands-on approach to maritime education. Cadets are also part of the student body of Northwestern Michigan College and follow the semester schedule of the main campus. In addition, cadets sail during summer semester or take additional classes. Most evenings and weekends are free and many cadets find part-time work opportunities either on or off campus.

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At the Academy, cadets are to be in uniform at all times. While in lab situations or aboard ship, safety gear and appropriate uniforms will be required. While attending classes on another campus or in residence halls, uniforms are optional. The Academy educates in a professional manner and cadets do not follow a rigid military schedule. You are, however, required to meet academic standards and demonstrate the self-discipline and leadership qualities expected of a Merchant Marine Officer.

Frequently asked questions »

We answer your questions about the Academy, our industry and life as a cadet. More »

Getting involved

While attending our maritime college, cadets secure friendships that last a lifetime. There are many clubs and organizations at the Academy and on main campus for you to become involved. Automobiles are allowed on campus, and all the recreational opportunities of northern Michigan are readily available. Explore all the state and national parks that are minutes from our campus. The natural beauty of our region, with hundreds of rivers and lakes, offers an outdoor enthusiast endless opportunities.