Massachusetts Maritime Academy

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101 Academy Drive

Buzzards Bay, MA 02532-1803

Phone: (508) 830-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
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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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Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a public institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,312, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 55 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Massachusetts Maritime Academy's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), 7. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,519 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $23,097 (2013-14).

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

Founded in 1891 by the legislature as the Massachusetts Nautical Training School, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the oldest continuously operating maritime academy in the United States.
The Academy began as a floating maritime trade school aboard the school ship USS Enterprise, berthed next to the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor. During its 120-year history, the Academy has grown from an entering class of 40 cadets to a fully accredited, four-year, coeducational college granting baccalaureate and Master of Science degrees and with an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,200.The present name was assumed in 1942 when the Academy moved from Boston to a Hyannis campus on Cape Cod. In 1946, the Academy was authorized by the legislature to grant the Bachelor of Science degree. By 1948, after utilizing a variety of different training ships during World War II, the Academy obtained the USS Charleston. The draft of the Charleston, a former U. S. Navy gunboat, exceeded the depth of Hyannis Harbor, so the campus was again moved, this time to its present location in the village of Buzzards Bay.
The present undergraduate academic programs feature six distinct majors and emphasize a blend of the liberal arts and sciences with technical and professional studies. A seventh major, Energy Systems Engineering, will begin in the Fall of 2012. Graduates of the Academy's two oldest programs, Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering, earn two-fold credentials: a fully accredited Bachelor of Science degree, and a professional license as Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer (both unlimited as to waters or vessel size). While adhering firmly to its original mission as a maritime college, the Academy has diversified its degree offerings in response to a changing environment for higher education and the needs of a dynamic maritime industry. The first degrees in Facilities and Plant Engineering (now Facilities Engineering) were awarded in 1993. The first graduates of the Marine Safety and Environmental Protection program received the degree in 1995. In 2004, the first Bachelor of Science degree in International Maritime Business was awarded. In 2008, the Academy awarded the first Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management. The inaugural graduates of the Academy's first graduate program, the Master of Science in Facilities Management, received their diplomas in 2005. In April 2007, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved the Master of Science in Emergency Management, and the first cohort began in October 2007, receiving their degrees in June 2009. The Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and successfully completed a decennial reaccreditation in 2001 and again in 2011. The Master of Science in Facilities Management received NEASC accreditation in 2005. The Academy's campus and facilities are continually being upgraded to better serve its students. A campus beautification program, a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion of the dormitories and athletic facilities, an engineering laboratory addition to Bresnahan Hall, a complete renovation of Blinn Hall and a project to rebuild the pier have been completed over the past few years. The new Library/Information Commons opened on campus in September 2011, including fully networked study and research areas, meeting rooms, the Academic Resource Center, classrooms, collections, archives, and a Full Mission Bridge Simulator. The USTS Enterprise has undergone a complete rebuilding into the nation's newest and most modern maritime academy training ship and has successfully completed five Sea Term voyages.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1891
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $9,374,483


When applying to Massachusetts Maritime Academy, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Massachusetts Maritime Academy is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 77.3 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 77.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Massachusetts Maritime Academy is 15:1, and the school has 42.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Massachusetts Maritime Academy include: Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer; International Business/Trade/Commerce; Environmental Science; and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 44%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 48%
Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer 19%
International Business/Trade/Commerce 14%
Environmental Science 11%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 8%

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Student Life

Massachusetts Maritime Academy has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,312, with a gender distribution of 89.9 percent male students and 10.1 percent female students. At this school, 95 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 5 percent of students live off campus. Massachusetts Maritime Academy is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,415
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Massachusetts Maritime Academy offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Massachusetts Maritime Academy also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 48 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Students who have cars on campus 48%
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $7,519 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $23,097 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,589 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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