Correct, Fall of 2018. First year - Fully online, last two years onsite.
If you want to be a pilot, you need to be willing to put in the time. If you don’t want to put in the time to become an officer via the academy, how do you expect to become a pilot? Most Pilot organizations have training programs of at Least two to three years before allowing the trainee to test for their license. It usually takes at least 5 years or more of sailing to even consider this training with the pilot association. Some things to think about.
I decided to go through with the Masters Program at SUNY Maritime. At the end of spring (2019) I will be earning a Master of Science in International Transport Management (ITM). During the summer months I will be moving to New York to begin the license part. Two years from summer 2019 I will have earned my third-mates (as hoped).
Keep chasing that carrot.