Maine Maritime Academy

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Pleasant Street

Castine, ME 04420

Phone: (207) 326-4311
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Mar. 31
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#7 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Regional Colleges (North)

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Maine Maritime Academy is a public institution that was founded in 1941. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 970, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 30 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Maine Maritime Academy's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), 7. Its in-state tuition and fees are $16,490 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $22,770 (2013-14).

Located in the village of Castine, Maine, the Maine Maritime Academy overlooks the Castine Harbor. Students admitted to the academy can choose to enroll in either independent or regimental programs. Students who enroll in a regimental program are considered midshipmen and train on the ship State of Maine. Students who enroll in other programs follow a schedule and lifestyle similar to students at other colleges. After graduation, students are not obligated to go to sea or into the military, and only about 5 percent of graduating students take a commission in the military. Student activities and athletics are very popular at Maine Maritime Academy, and more than 80 percent of the student body participates in an activity. Known as the Mariners, the academy's sports teams compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, North Atlantic Conference and New England Football Conference in the NCAA Division III.

More than 50 percent of the student body at Maine Maritime Academy participates in the Regiment of Midshipmen. Some students, based on their majors, are required to complete academy training cruises, which involve spending 60 days working on the academy's training ship. The training cruises visit a minimum of four ports per cruise, with three days spent at each port. Each student who enters the academy is required to own a laptop and printer.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Maine Maritime Academy is a career oriented college focusing primarily on marine related programs and prepares graduates for lifelong learning and leadership in a global economy. The Academy is situated on a peninsula on beautiful Penobscot Bay, Maine. The teaching and learning facilities include an extensive array of labs, training and research vessels. A highly qualified faculty and staff with a low faculty to student ratio and small campus atmosphere contribute to a very high graduation and job placement record.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1941
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Maine Maritime Academy, it's important to note the application deadline is March 31, and the early action deadline is December 31. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 31. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66 percent and an early acceptance rate of 74.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 66.0%
Application deadline March 31
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Maine Maritime Academy is 11:1, and the school has 52.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Maine Maritime Academy include: Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer; International Business/Trade/Commerce; Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other; Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 53%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer 29%
International Business/Trade/Commerce 25%
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 22%
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 14%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 10%

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Student Life

Maine Maritime Academy has a total undergraduate enrollment of 970, with a gender distribution of 86.1 percent male students and 13.9 percent female students. At this school, 64.5 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 35.5 percent of students live off campus. Maine Maritime Academy is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 984
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Maine Maritime Academy offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Maine Maritime Academy also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Maine Maritime Academy, 73 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Maine Maritime Academy.

Students who have cars on campus 73%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Maine Maritime Academy, 87.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,296.

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In-state tuition and fees $16,490 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $22,770 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,548 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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