Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer

A program that prepares individuals to serve as captains, executive officers, engineers and ranking mates on commercially licensed inland, coastal and ocean-going vessels. Includes instruction in maritime traditions and law, maritime policy, economics and management of commercial marine operations, basic naval architecture and engineering, shipboard power systems engineering, crew supervision, and administrative procedures.

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Texas A & M University-College Station

Opening its doors on October 4, 1876, Texas A&M University’s College Station campus was the first institution of higher education in Texas. A&M is home to 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 125 academic programs. This...

“…I am a Theatre Major at Texas A&M, a program most people are unaware even exists. It is tough being in a small department in a large school, but simply due to the Aggie Network and facilities present for all students, even those of us in small...” – Jacob from Fairfax Station, VA

San Jacinto College

San Jacinto College is 2-year public institution with the main branch situated in Pasadena, Texas, but has four total campuses and an online component. San Jac has articulation agreements with 30 universities, including several Texas A&M and...

“…This college offers an eclectic amount of classes to help prepare any student to be very well-rounded in whatever field of study they choose. Personally, I am finding that my psychology course has not only helped me better analyze literature, but...” – Samantha from Seabrook, TX

United States Merchant Marine Academy

The United States Merchant Marine Academy is a service academy based in the suburban town of Kings Point, New York. All students enter the school as “plebe candidates” and must complete an intense regimen of physical training, customs, drills, and...

“…Is a very rigorous school that will prepare students for their role in the military or maritime service. There is no other school like this, with regards to traditions and experiences. Even though your time here will be rough and studious it is well...” – D. Havens from Stockbridge, GA

Maine Maritime Academy

Maine Maritime Academy is a public college with a campus overlooking the Castine Harbor in Maine. The school provides hands-on technical training aboard commercial vessels, the Schooner Bowdoin, and the Training Ship State of Maine. Students can...

“…I am definitely learning. The course load definitely pushes you to be constantly learning, and people here take around 18 credits plus noncredit courses such as labs for chemistry, nautical science, physics, in addition to other courses and classes...” – Philep from Bolton, CT

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a 4-year college offering maritime-related degrees. MMA students are required to wear regimental-style uniforms in accordance with the Regiment of Cadets. The Academy operates the TS Kennedy, on which students...

“…Great school, it has a family approach for when you are studying, and everyone is there for the common goal of making you the best person you can be.” – Mark from Tiverton, RI

Northwestern Michigan College

Northwestern Michigan College is a public, 2-year institution located in Traverse City. NMC maintains four satellite facilities in the region, including the Rogers Observatory, which is five miles of south of campus and frequently opens for public...

“…Smaller classes with great teachers. Lot's of opportunities with difference classes. Supportive staff.” – Catherine from Interlochen, MI

SUNY Maritime College

SUNY Maritime College is an institution based in the Bronx borough of NYC that prepares students to join the Navy or Marine Corps. It is the largest maritime college in the US and is one of only seven maritime academies in the nation that can confer...

“…When I look at this open box, I am trying to think about how I can even begin to tell you what I've learned at Maritime so far. I am entering my junior year here at the military-lifestyle college. To begin, I guess I should start with the people here...” – Courtney from Bay Shore, NY

California State University Maritime Academy

California State University Maritime Academy is located on a waterfront campus in Vallejo, one of seven degree-granting maritime academies in the US and the only one on the west coast. All students are part of the Corp of Cadets and are required to...

“…I think the school deserves at least a nine for two main reasons. One being that the campus is beautiful and enjoyable, especially considering it is right on the water but also close to other cities such as San Francisco. The other reason is that...”

Alpena Community College is a public, 2-year institution established on a rural, 700-acre campus in northern Michigan. ACC offers over 75 academic programs, awarding certificates, AA degrees, AAS degrees, and AS degrees, along with one BS degree...

“…Teachers are there for us. If you have a question, you talk to them,not their teacher aids.” – Lacey from Posen, MI