Fast Facts

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The State of New York granted a Charter to Webb’s Academy and Home for Shipbuilders on April 2, 1889. In 1933, authority was obtained from the University of the State of New York to award a Bachelor of Science degree. Webb Institute is the oldest school devoted to naval architecture and marine engineering in the United States.


Webb is located 25 miles from New York City on a 26-acre historic campus on the north shore of Long Island.  In any given year, students travel to campus from approximately 30 different states.  Students often drive or use the following types of public transportation to get to and from campus and/or Winter Work Term:

  • The Long Island Railroad (LIRR), which has two stops within 2.5 miles from campus
  • LaGuardia Airport (24 miles from campus)
  • John F. Kennedy Airport (25 miles from campus, connects to LIRR)
  • MacArthur Airport (36 miles from campus)


  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education logo

    Webb Institute is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.   (267-284-5000)  The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

    Webb Institute’s initial accreditation was granted in 1950.  Please visit the MSCHE website for the Webb Institute’s current accreditation phase and status:

  • The Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Academic Program:

  • Dual Bachelor of Science Degree program in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • 146 credit-hour program with four required internships

Academic Calendar:

  • Fall Semester (Mid-August –> Mid-December)
  • Winter Work Term (Early January –> Late February)
  • Spring Semester (Late February –> Mid-June)

Enrollment Facts:

Webb is a family! With an average student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1 and with 100% of students living on campus, you will get to know your fellow Webbies as well as Webb’s faculty and staff members well!  Below you will find the total enrollment at Webb for the past five years:

  • 2019-20 – 103 students
  • 2018-19 – 104 students
  • 2017-18 – 98 students
  • 2016-17 – 94 students
  • 2015-16 – 92 students

2019 Diversity (Student Body):

  • Caucasian: 80%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Multiracial: 8%

Graduation Rate and Retention Rate:

Of those students who entered Webb Institute as first-time, full-time, bachelor degree-seeking undergraduates for the cohort year of 2012, the six-year graduate rate was: 79% and the four year graduation rate was: 70%. For the cohort of all full-time bachelor’s degree-seeking students who entered Webb Institute as freshmen in Fall 2018, 96% were enrolled at Webb Institute in its official fall enrollment in 2019.

Completion and Graduation Rates:

No. of Graduates F/T Employment Graduate School Military Service Other Activities
Class of 2019 22 19 3 0 0
Class of 2018 21 21 0 0 0
Class of 2017 19 15 4 0 0
Class of 2016 19 18 0 1 0
Class of 2015 20 17 2 0 1
Class of 2014 15 14 0 0 1

Class of 2023 Profile

General Admissions Statistics:

  • Number of students in class: 28
  • Number of states represented:
    • Northeast: 53%
    • South: 32%
    • West: 11%
    • Midwest: 4%
  • Overall admit rate: 22.9%

Academic Admissions Statistics:

  • Median GPA: 3.8/4.0 scale (unweighted)
  • Standardized Test Scores (Middle 50%):
    • ACT (composite): 32-35
      • ACT (math): 32-35
      • ACT (science): 31-36
      • ACT (reading): 32-36
    • SAT (Math): 730-790
    • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading): 690-730
    • SAT Subject Tests (optional):
      • Math Level 1/2: 710-800 (submitted by 2/3 of enrolled students)
      • Chemistry: 680-760 / Physics: 670-740 (submitted by 2/3 of enrolled students)

Co-Curricular Activities:

Students in the class of 2023 participated in the following activities prior to enrolling at Webb:

  • 79% – Athletics (the most popular sports represented include Track or Cross Country [29%], Sailing [25%], Volleyball [18%] and Swimming [18%])
  • 82% – Displayed a passion for the water (43% were involved in water-related sports including sailing, swimming, diving, and rowing, 1/3 have served as lifeguards, sailing Instructors, dockworkers, or employees of maritime-related employers, 14% enjoy fishing, and 21% have already completed research in the marine or maritime field)
  • 61% – have served as a Founder, Captain, President, Chair, Head or Editor of a club, sports team or organization
  • 51% – Play a musical instrument
  • 11% – Eagle Scouts

Fun Facts and Accomplishments:

  • One developed STEAM-based lessons and activities for local elementary school students
  • One spent over 300 hours building a cedar strip canoe
  • One designed and developed a prototype for a specialty crate that can ship flat for people moving internationally
  • One completed a transatlantic crossing, became a shellback by crossing the equator, and spent the summer working in aquaculture, farming oysters
  • One has developed an online store and is also a published poet
  • One is a four-year reigning champion of their high school’s Cardboard Boat Regatta, and built an electric longboard
  • Two built a metal working shop in their garage
  • One has visited over 40 countries
  • One competed in a 200-mile Ragnar Relay Race
  • One was an international model
  • One completed research on using computation fluid dynamics and novel design techniques to improve the fuel efficiency of container ships