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Diversity Profile

Founded in 1874, SUNY Maritime College is one of six state maritime academies in the United States focusing on engineering, marine environmental science, marine transportation, maritime studies, and business. 

Welcome aboardMany of our classes teach the vital skills and knowledge you will need to enter these fields through a focus on the transportation industry, especially commercial shipping, and logistics.

On a narrow peninsula bordered by the Long Island Sound and the East River, our 55-acre campus in New York City is the perfect place to learn about our specialized academic courses and offerings. From here you will have access to top internships and real-world experience, industry experts, leading faculty, and a dedicated alumni network.

The College is one of the best in the Northeast, according to The Princeton Review, and a top university in the North, according to U.S. News & World Report. The College is also among the top 30 schools in the Northeast for “best bang for the buck,” according to Washington Monthly.

Adventure awaits
Approximately 70% of our students are working toward a joint bachelor’s degree and US Coast Guard license. A license qualifies you to sail aboard a commercial ship, similar to the way a driver’s license allows you to drive a car, and does not require military service. Part of earning a Coast Guard license means you will belong to the regiment of cadets, a disciplined lifestyle program. The regiment is also open to students who are not interested in earning a license.

License students spend their summers sailing around the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea on the College’s 565-foot training ship, the Empire State VI.

Our other students follow a more traditional path, earning a bachelor’s degree and having the opportunity to study abroad and participate in internships and all of the other campus life activities Maritime has to offer.

Beyond our shores
Whichever path you choose, SUNY Maritime will help you set yourself up for success. From here you can sail on a commercial vessel, operate a power plant, design and build ships, restore ecosystems, or even fly into outer space like our alumnus Captain Scott Kelly ’87.



Fast Facts


#1 in the nation for mid-career salary potential


1,850 students


32 states and territories represented


24 nations


13 academic programs


5 ABET-accredited
Engineering programs


1 of 6 schools in the country to offer Naval Architecture


40+ student clubs and organizations


13 NCAA D-III athletic teams


15 miles to Midtown Manhattan


More than 90% job placement after graduation

Academic Programs



Electrical Engineering, BE

Facilities Engineering, BE

International Transportation and Trade (Business), BS

Marine Engineering, BE

Marine Environmental Science, BS

Marine Operations, BS

Marine Technology Small Vessel Operation, AAS

Marine Transportation, BS

Maritime Studies, BS 

Mechanical Engineering, BE

Naval Architecture, BE



International Transportation Management, MS

Maritime and Naval Studies, MS


Qualified students can earn a bachelor’s and master’s in five years through our fast-track program.


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