Webb Institute Featured in The Princeton Review’s “Best 386 Colleges” Guide for 2021


Webb Institute is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates to earn their college degree, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles and recommends Webb Institute in the 2021 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 386 Colleges (Penguin Random House, August 18, 2020, $24.99).

Only about 14% of America’s 2,800 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular publications. The company chooses the colleges for the book based on data it annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings. The Princeton Review also considers data it gathers from its surveys of college students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences for this project.   

“We salute Webb Institute for its outstanding academics and we are truly pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their personal ‘best-fit’ college,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief and lead author of The Best 386 Colleges.  

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Report on Webb Institute’s Use of CARES Act 18004(a)(1) Funds


Webb Institute is required to provide regular reporting on the use of funds authorized by the CARES Act. Funds received by Webb Institute under the CARES Act were authorized by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020.  Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit a report to the Secretary describing the use of the funds.

Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Act, Webb was allocated $41,119.  $20,560 shall be allocated to students in the form of grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, and the remaining funds are available to Webb to offset costs incurred due to COVID-19.

The following documents the process for obtaining funds and Webb’s allocation of the funds.

  1. Webb Institute signed and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on April 13, 2020, the Recipients Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. Webb received Grant Award Notification for the USDOE dated May 13, 2020.

  2. Webb Institute has received $20,560 in emergency grant aid for students.

  3. As of July 10, 2020, Webb Institute distributed all of the funds to students.

  4. A total of 102 students enrolled at Webb Institute during the spring 2020 semester are undergraduate students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and therefore eligible to receive these Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

  5. Webb Institute provided the grants to all full-time undergraduate students who were enrolled at Webb over the course of the spring semester (March 2 – June 20, 2020), filed a FAFSA, and whose Expected Family Contribution (EFC) was less than $15,500.  A total of 21 students received aid.  Each student received $980 for a total distribution of $20,580.

  6. A letter (see attached) was sent to each student receiving the emergency aid explaining (a) that the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is the source of the funding, (b) the process used to determine the distribution of the funds, (c) and that the funds are to be used to cover expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

  7. Webb Institute has continued to pay all its employees.  The Institute has continued to pay contractors to the greatest extent practicable.

SD1 Projects: M/V Conchy Joe


About Junior Class Small Vessel Design Project (SD1):

As a part of Professor Bradley D.M. Golden’s ’99 Ship Design 1 (SD1) class, the juniors spent the first two-and-a-half months of the spring semester preparing their first complete concept designs.

Using the knowledge they’ve gained in their nearly three years studying at Webb and the experiences from their winter work periods to date, this was the students’ first opportunity to apply the naval architecture and marine engineering principles they’ve studied including stability, ship’s structures, main machinery systems, auxiliary systems, resistance and propulsion, and electrical engineering.

Working in small groups of three and four, the students selected one of the vessel types and took their first couple of spins around the design spiral to prepare vessel concept designs. To help make the project as realistic as possible, members of industry familiar with each of the vessel types helped prepare the statements of design requirements that each of the designs had to meet. To challenge the students even further, one or two “curveballs” were thrown into each design statement to make the students think long and hard about how they would achieve their objectives.

At the end of the spring semester, the students presented their final designs to their fellow students, faculty, and members of industry who served as part of an evaluation team. After three years at Webb, the Junior class can now say with confidence that they’re familiar with the design process and are well on their way to joining the fields of naval architecture and marine engineering.

Visit our Junior Class Small Vessel Design Project page to view all of this year’s projects.

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Webb’s Plans for the Fall


The start of the Fall semester at Webb is rapidly approaching. After extensive deliberations and planning, I am pleased to announce that on-campus classes will begin Monday, August 24th. Students involved in leadership week will be welcome to campus on Tuesday, August 18th, Orientation Leaders on Wednesday, August 19th, and freshmen on Thursday, August 20th. All other students will be welcome to campus on Sunday, August 23rd. These arrival dates are contingent upon the ever-evolving guidance promulgated by public health agencies and the State of New York. Although the COVID-19 infection rate in NY State has been dramatically reduced over the last month, there remains uncertainty going forward. We will keep you updated as the situation evolves.

The overwhelming majority of students, faculty, and staff have expressed a desire to return to campus in the fall. Webb’s approach to education – which incorporates experiential learning through team projects, laboratory coursework, design projects, and thesis study — is best accomplished in the collaborative environment afforded by the Webb campus. Therefore, as we have done for the past 130 years, we are requiring that all students be resident on campus. Any students with enhanced vulnerability to COVID-19 can apply for on-campus accommodations consistent with their special circumstances. Alternatively, these students may apply for a gap year.  Should higher risk students apply for a gap year, we will extend our full-tuition scholarship to the fifth year.

We are excited about this opportunity to bring our Webb students, faculty, and staff back together again, and to welcome the class of 2024 to the Webb campus. The health and safety of our students and employees will be our highest priority during these times. This will take a cooperative effort of all concerned.  Each member of the Webb community – students, faculty, and staff – will be expected to sign a Responsible Care Commitment agreement of understanding, acknowledging the role that each of us plays in maintaining a healthy environment during these challenging times.

The process of developing a plan for campus operations, informed by NY State and CDC policies and guidance, is well underway. Our intention is to disseminate the draft plan to the Webb community soon. We will host informational seminars to describe the plan and provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and provide input to the plan. The plan will be subject to change as more knowledge about the spread, testing, and treatment of COVID-19 becomes available to us. Some of the key provisions of the plan are described below.

Fostering a Healthy and Safe Environment

A multi-faceted plan to mitigate the risk of infection on campus will be implemented, including daily symptom screening, social distancing, wearing of face coverings, frequent washing of hands, minimizing off-campus travel, restrictions on visitors, avoidance of large gatherings, and mandatory public health education. Public spaces throughout campus will be subject to frequent cleaning. To mitigate the risk of infections spreading on campus, provisions will be made for testing, contact tracing, and quarantining of students should the need arise.

Before arriving on campus, all students are expected to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. Students living in or having recently visited COVID-19 hot-spots will be required to take a coronavirus test within three days of traveling to campus.

Each student will be provided with a packet of washable masks and a packet of disposable masks upon arriving at Webb, although all students and staff are encouraged to bring their own masks as well.

Our Academic Year

As usual, the fall semester will run into December. We are assessing different options regarding the Thanksgiving break. These include sending all students home prior to Thanksgiving and allowing students to take finals at home or shortening the Thanksgiving break to Thursday and Friday and encouraging students to stay on campus. In the latter case, the semester will end a few days earlier than currently scheduled.

Our preference is to maintain winter internships during the months of January and February. However, if we are unable to secure internships or have concerns about student safety during these winter months, the internship program will be postponed until the summer of 2021. In that case, the spring semester will likely begin a month earlier, at the beginning of February, allowing more time for the summer internships.

Our Academic Program

Classes will be held in the Couch Academic Center work studios, which have adequate room to allow for social distancing (at least six feet between students in all directions). Remote learning will be available for situations where students must remain in their dorm rooms due to illness or other concerns. Most lectures will be provided in-person by the professor, although professors with high-risk vulnerabilities will be encouraged to teach remotely.

Student Life

The conversion of the Stevenson Taylor Hall (STH) classrooms-to-dormitory project is behind schedule as NY State halted construction projects during the height of the pandemic. If the project is not completed by August 24th, students will be housed in our current dormitory spaces: STH, Motley Hall, and the Robinson Tank Building. Once the conversion is complete, students in the Robinson Tank Building will be transferred to the new dormitories in STH so that the rooms in Robinson are available for quarantine use. Until that time, the Luckenbach Graduate Center will be outfitted to serve as our quarantine facility.

Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings while in public spaces within buildings and elsewhere where social distancing cannot be assured. Face coverings are not required in dorm rooms when solely occupied by roommates, as NY State guidance treats roommates as a “family unit”.  Face coverings will initially be required within the work studios but after the first two weeks on campus, it is expected that this requirement will be relaxed once a student is sitting at his or her socially-distanced desk.

All meals will be served by culinary staff in lieu of self-serve, buffet-style service. Seating will be arranged with a minimum of six feet spacing. Outdoor dining with proper social distancing will be encouraged.

All intercollegiate sports have been canceled for the fall semester.  Non-contact intramural sports and other on-campus extra-curricular activities that allow for social distancing will be encouraged. We will be procuring additional on-campus workout equipment as the YMCA will not be available for student use during the fall semester.

We are in this together!

This year will be different. That is for sure. For the Webb community to flourish, each one of us will need to make some personal sacrifices. We should be prepared to be flexible and adaptive, as the world changes around us.

We have much to be proud of.  The seventeen students and five staff members that remained on campus with me during the spring semester demonstrated a commitment and resolve that was quite special. Those who studied at home faced an even greater challenge – to focus on Webb’s challenging curriculum while being away from fellow students and confronted with various distractions.  I am so pleased that in the spring semester, every Webb student passed every course.  Congratulations!

Please join with me in making this semester a healthy and enjoyable one. Should you have questions or suggestions regarding our reopening plan, please do not hesitate to contact me.

President Keith Michel

Report on Webb Institute’s Use of CARES Act 18004(a)(1) Funds


June 27, 2020

Webb Institute is required to provide regular reporting on the use of funds authorized by the CARES Act. Funds received by Webb Institute under the CARES Act were authorized by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020. Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit a report to the Secretary describing the use of the funds.

Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Act, Webb was allocated $41,119. $20,560 shall be allocated to students in the form of grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, and the remaining funds are available to Webb to offset costs incurred due to COVID-19.

The following documents the process for obtaining funds and Webb’s allocation of the funds.

  1. Webb Institute signed and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on April 13, 2020 the Recipients Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.  Webb received Grant Award Notification for the USDOE dated May 13, 2020.
  2. Webb Institute has received $20,560 in emergency grant aid for students.
  3. As of June 27, 2020, Webb Institute has not distributed any of the funds to students.  All funds will be distributed to students during the month of July.
  4. A total of 102 students enrolled at Webb Institute during the spring 2020 semester are undergraduate students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and therefore eligible to receive these Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  5. Webb Institute is providing the grants to all full-time undergraduate students who were enrolled at Webb over the course of the spring semester (March 2 – June 20, 2020), filed a FAFSA, and whose Expected Family Contribution (EFC) was less than $15,000.  A total of 20 students will be receiving aid.  Each student will receive an equal amount, such that total distribution is not less than $20,560.
  6. A letter to be sent to each student receiving the emergency aid will explain (a) that the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is the source of the funding, (b) the process used to determine the distribution of the funds, (c) and that the funds are to be used to cover expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

CARES Act Student Aid Distribution

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides for emergency relief for students and institutions of higher education.  Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Act, Webb was allocated $41,119. $20,560 shall be allocated to students in the form of grants and the remaining funds are available to Webb to offset costs incurred due to COVID-19.

Webb will distribute the $20,560 in student aid based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determined from the FAFSA filings during AY2020.  To be eligible for these awards, students must:

  • be enrolled at Webb throughout the full spring 2020 semester,
  • be eligible for financial aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965,
  • have filed a FAFSA prior to June 20, 2020, and
  • have an EFC of less than $15,000

Webb will divide the funds equally amongst the eligible students. These payments will be made in July 2020.