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  • Is Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) a high school?
    Academy in this context is a college where special subjects and skills are taught.

  • Is MMA a private institution?
    MMA is a public college, created by an act of the Maine Legislature in 1941.

  • Do you have limited academic offerings?
    We have majors in the business, logistics,, engineering, engineering technology, marine sciences, and transportation disciplines.

  • Is MMA a rigorous military school?
    MMA has an "independent" and uniformed student body, mostly depending on the student's major. The "independent" student has similar scheduling and responsibilities as students at most colleges. About 55% of our students are in the uniformed regimental training program, which promotes personal development, leadership and management skills. See Student Life.

  • Is there a required military obligation?
    Not at all. The "Merchant Marine" refers to  a  nation's commercial shipping and the personnel who work aboard a nation's commercial ships. It is not a branch of the unformed services and does not carry an obligation.

    Only 5 - 6% of MMA graduates choose to participate in our Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and take a commission in the uniformed services (Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard).

  • Is MMA expensive to attend?
    As a public college, MMA costs are comparable to other state universities and colleges.

  • Are women accepted?
    Most definitely. MMA was the first maritime college to graduate women. Our women's enrollment is expanding, and we offer women's athletics and other programming.

  • Is there an age limit?
    High school graduate age is the minimum and there is no maximum.

  • Do you have strict entrance requirements?
    Like most universities and colleges, we require a traditional college prep course of study with satisfactory academic performance.

  • Do I need a congressional appointment?
    No. The application process is similar to that of other state universities and colleges, sometimes easier.

  • Are you located on a "naval base"?
    Our beautiful campus is located in the safe surroundings of Castine village. No gates, no fences.

  • Are only ocean-oriented jobs available?
    We have graduates at Cianbro, Bath Iron Works, Central Maine Power, Coor's Brewing Company, General Electric, Lockheed-Martin, Caterpiller, Environmental Protection Agency, Honda Manufacturing, and more.

  • Are there any shipping jobs available?
    "...one of the highest professional placement rates of any college in the U.S." Director of Career Services.

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