State University of New York Maritime College

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The State University of New York Maritime College is located in Bronx, New York City in historic Fort Schuyler on the Throggs Neck peninsula where the East River meets Long Island Sound. Founded in 1874, the SUNY Maritime College was the first college of its kind (federally approved, offering commercial nautical instruction) to be founded in the United States.

The College offers Bachelor of Engineering degrees in electrical, facilities, marine, and mechanical engineering; marine electrical and electronic systems; and naval architecture. It offers the Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/marine transportation, general business and commerce (with a humanities concentration), general engineering, international transportation and trade, marine environmental science (with a meteorology or oceanography concentration), and marine operations. All bachelor's degree programs may be combined with preparation for the professional license as a United States Merchant Marine Officer. The College also offers a master's degree in International Transportation Management, as well as several graduate certificate programs.

Most of the degree programs may be completed while concurrently preparing for the United States Merchant Marine officer's license as a third mate or third assistant engineer. Additionally, SUNY Maritime College has the only United States Navy/United States Marine Corps Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program in the metropolitan New York City area, which prepares enrollees for commissioned officer positions in the US Navy and US Marine Corps.


Regiment of Cadets

The undergraduate student body at the Maritime College is organized into a Regiment of Cadets. The Regiment is a military-style organization and is governed by a set of Rules and Regulations similar to that of the US federal service academies. The Regiment is led by cadet officers assisted by professional personnel of the Commandant of Cadets Office. The College sets high standards for conduct, leadership, teamwork and personal appearance that are in keeping with the demands of the profession and the best traditions of the sea going services.

The regimental system offers a vehicle for developing the leadership skills of the cadets, supports the professional training of the cadets, and provides a framework for safely managing a large number of cadets at sea on the training ship.


The State University of New York Maritime College's history began over 125 years ago. In response to industry demand, more Americans were being encouraged to enter maritime careers. The Governor of New York applied for a training ship and, on December 14, 1874, the USS St. Mary's arrived in New York harbor and became the home of the first commercial maritime institution in the United States. The initial 26 students aboard the St. Mary's, known then as the New York Nautical School, became the first class of what has evolved into the State University of New York Maritime College.

As the school prospered, it became a land-based, degree-granting college, finding a permanent home in 1934 at the Maritime College's present Fort Schuyler campus. The College is one of the original institutions incorporated into the State University of New York system in 1948 and was the first of its kind to enroll women in 1972.

At Sea and On the Playing Fields

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Empire State VI
The College's main laboratory ship, Empire State VI, a 565 foot (172 m) vessel equipped with 17,000 horsepower (13 MW) engines, is the best-equipped training ship in the United States. Athens, Dublin, Barbados, Naples, London, and Copenhagen are just some of the recent ports of call for the Empire State VI.

The College fields 16 varsity teams (The Privateers) in five different conferences, including baseball, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, softball, soccer, volleyball, cross-country running, rifle and pistol. The varsity teams are called the Privateers. The College has attained national prominence in crew and sailing.

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