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SUNY Maritime College

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Throggs Neck, NY

SUNY Maritime College is known as the largest maritime college in the United States. Founded in 1874, it is also the oldest federally approved college for maritime instruction. The school is a part of the State University of New York system. Its waterfront campus is located in historic Fort Schuyler in the Bronx, New York. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. All Engineering Programs are accredited by ABET.

Academic Programs

The focus of programs at SUNY Maritime College is preparation for maritime careers. The school is ranked in the top 100 engineering programs in the nation, with outstanding engineering programs in Marine, Mechanical, Electrical and Facilities Engineering, as well as Naval Architecture. A Marine Environmental Science degree and a degree in Maritime Studies are offered. Bachelor of Science in Business degrees also focuses on maritime activities, with degrees in Maritime Transportation, Marine Business, Marine Operations and International Transportation and Trade. The school also offers Associate Degrees in Marine Technology and Small Vessel Operation.

Summer Sea Term

A unique part of the SUNY Maritime experience is the Summer Sea Term. For 60 days each summer, the Empire State VI goes to sea carrying students from the Regiment of Cadets. This program offers valuable maritime training and gives students the opportunity to visit three to five foreign ports and one domestic port each summer. Only students seeking U.S. Coast Guard licensure are included in this program.


Sixty-seven percent of the student body are enrolled in the military program called the Regiment of Cadets. In order to study at SUNY Maritime for the U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marines license, students must be a part of this regiment, while those who are not seeking this license have the option of joining or not joining the regiment. Students who do not choose the regiment study as civilians and do not wear uniforms. Fifteen percent of students at the college are female.


SUNY Maritime College accepts only students with a solid 3.0 grade point average or better. For standard admissions, students must achieve an SAT score of at least 1000, and for Engineering programs they must have an SAT score of at least 1100. The acceptance rate at this school is sixty-seven percent of those who apply, which is four percent lower than the average for colleges in the U.S.


Baseball, basketball, cross country, crew, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, mixed rifle, rugby, sailing, soccer and swimming athletic programs are offered for males. Females may participate in crew, cross country, lacrosse, mixed rifle, sailing, soccer, swimming and volleyball programs. The team mascot is the Privateer Pete.


SUNY Maritime College is one of six state maritime academies in the United States. Located 30 minutes from mid-town Manhattan, Maritime College educates dynamic leaders for the global maritime industry. Offering 11 undergraduate majors, including five ABET-accredited engineering programs and two master’s degree programs, a distinctive hands-on approach to education prepares students for career success. Graduates have traditionally had nearly 100 percent job placement within three months of graduation. 

Students can participate in 17 varsity athletic teams and more than 40 clubs and organizations, ROTC options and U.S. Coast Guard license programs.  Involvement in the Regiment of Cadets affords the benefit of a structured learning environment and develops leadership and teamwork skills. Cadets also have the opportunity to travel around the world on the college’s 565-foot training ship, The Empire State VI.