Military Schools in California - College-Level Military Schools (1 School Found)

California Maritime Academy

Grades: UG & PG | Address: 200 Maritime Academy Dr., Vallejo, CA 94590

California Military Academy is a college-level academy established in 1930 under its original name, the California Nautical School. The institution was originally for males only, but during the 1970s, it accepted enrollment of both males and females, broadened to accept minorities. The academy became integrated with the California State University system in 1996, although it evolved […]

Military Academies in California - College-Level Military Schools

For students who would like to experience a college-level military environment while getting a first-class education, the five Service academies include: the U.S. Military Academy (Army) in West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Naval Academy (Navy/Marine Corps) in Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Air Force Academy (Air Force) in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (Coast Guard) in New London, Conn.; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.  Each offers an outstanding education and full four-year scholarships. Tuition, books, board and medical and dental care are all fully paid for all four years, but the competition to get in is fierce.

Admissions criteria include:

  • High school academic performance
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Athletics and extracurricular activities
  • Leadership experience and community involvement
  • A congressional letter of recommendation (not required by the Coast Guard Academy)

Graduates of all four academies receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as officers in their respective Service branch. In all cases, there is a service obligation of a minimum of five years.

SENIOR MILITARY COLLEGES

Similarly, the Senior Military Colleges (SMCs) offer a combination of higher education with military instruction.Senior Military Colleges include: Texas A&M University, Norwich University, The Virginia Military Institute, The Citadel, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), University of North Georgia and the Mary Baldwin Women’s Institute for Leadership.

Senior Military Colleges are among the most prestigious and famous education institutions in the world and they offer financial aid packages for eligible students. Every cadet must participate in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, but only those cadets who receive an ROTC scholarship are required to enter military service following graduation. 

MARITIME ACADEMIES

Another option for students is Maritime Academies. The United States Merchant Marine is the fleet of civilian-owned merchant ships that transport cargo and passengers on behalf of the United States. In times of war, the Merchant Marine is an auxiliary to the Navy and can be called upon to deliver service members and supplies for the Military. Maritime Academies also produce shipboard officers for vessels integral to shipping and transportation needs, but a service commitment is not always required.