International Yacht Restoration School

Newport, RI
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The International Yacht Restoration School (known as IYRS) is a private nonprofit school on Thames Street in Newport, Rhode Island focusing on training for the marine trades.

The school's programs are based on a highly technical, deeply hands-on experiential learning model that includes important career skills development such as teamwork, problem-solving, project management, and critical thinking. Currently programs are offered in Composites Technology, Boatbuilding & Restoration, and Marine Systems. The school is planning to introduce additional programs based on th same model. IYRS programs focus on making, building, restoring, and maintaining, using both traditional and modern materials from wood to composites and carbon fiber. Programs are accredited by the ACCSC and qualified applicants are eligible for federal financial aid and veterans benefits for post-secondary education. Graduate placement rates are exceptionally high with over 80% of students during the past five years employed on or within several months of graduation.

In 1993, the marine artist John Mecray and Elizabeth Meyer, who restored the J-Class yacht Endeavor, and several others founded the school on a 2.5 acre property on the Newport waterfront. Today, the school owns several large buildings, including the 1831 stone Newport Steam Factory building listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The school attracts students from around the world, and it's graduates work in the premier companies and on highly visible projects in the marine trades, including major new builds, restorations, the Volvo Ocean Race, and the America's Cup. From 1995 to 2006 major restoration work on the Coronet took place at the school.

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  • Private not for profit, At least 2 but less than 4 years
  • students
  • avg tuition

449 Thames St
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 848-5777

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International Yacht Restoration School

Applied 53
Admitted 46 87%
Enrolled total 37
Full Time: 37
Part Time 0
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Math 0 0
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 0 0
ACT Composite 0 0
ACT English 0 0
ACT Math 0 0
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 98%
4-year graduation rate
6-year graduation rate
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Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Neither required nor recommended
Secondary School Rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

International Yacht Restoration School

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Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $75.00
Graduate Application Fee $0.00
Books and Supplies
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 68%
Percent receiving grant aid 66%
Avg amount of grant aid $3,020.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 68%
Avg amount of student loan aid $8,291.00

International Yacht Restoration School

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate

Scholarships for Students in Rhode Island

Name Amount Deadline
MassGrant Varies May 01, 2017
NEWH New York Chapter Scholarship Varies September 19, 2017

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