What is a Sea Grant College?

What is it?

Sea grant colleges focus on marine science.

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In 1966 Congress passed an act called the National Sea Grant College Program Act. In partnership with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the program would promote research, education, training, and projects in relation to conservation of coasts, marine areas, and Great Lakes resources.

There are 33 colleges and universities taking part in this national program, most of which are located on the coasts. The name “sea grant” was chosen as a direct parallel to the land grant colleges—schools founded on government land to promote agriculture and mechanical education.

When the Act first came into effect, it was initially overseen by the National Science Foundation (NSF) but the responsibility was transferred over to NOAA in 1970 underneath the Reorganization Plan.

Sea grant colleges and universities study, research, and educate in fields relating to marine science, in hopes of bolstering conservation efforts, awareness, and continued scientific interests in the coasts, Great Lakes, and marine areas.

Learn more about the Sea Grant College Program here!

List of Sea Grant Colleges:

*Some schools featured on the list are part of a consortium. Some schools also participate in more than one region.

Pacific Region

Oregon State University

University of Washington

University of California, San Diego

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (California State University)

University of Southern California

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Southeastern Atlantic / Gulf of Mexico Region

Texas A&M University

Louisiana State University

Auburn University

Jackson State University

Mississippi State University

University of Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi

University of South Alabama

Florida State University

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Puerto Rico

Clemson University

Medical University of South Carolina

The Citadel

College of Charleston

South Carolina State University

Coastal Carolina University

University of South Carolina

Mid-Atlantic Region

University of North Carolina

East Carolina University

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

North Carolina State University

College of William & Mary

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Old Dominion University

Virginia Tech

University of Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

George Mason University

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Delaware

Atlantic Cape Community College

Brookdale Community College

Burlington County College

County College of Morris

Cumberland County College

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Georgian Court University

Kean University

Marine Academy of Science and Technology

Middlesex County College

Monmouth University

Montclair State University

New Jersey City University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Princeton University

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Rider University

Rowan University

Rutgers University

Saint Peter’s College, New Jersey

Seton Hall University

Stevens Institute of Technology

Stockton University

The College of New Jersey

Union County College

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Northeast Region

Stony Brook University

State University of New York at Buffalo

Cornell University

University of Connecticut at Avery Point

University of Rhode Island

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

University of Vermont

University of New Hampshire

University of Maine

Great Lakes Region

Pennsylvania State University

Ohio State University

Michigan State University

University of Michigan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Purdue University

University of Wisconsin–Madison

University of Minnesota Duluth

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