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Rank: 25

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MAwww.maritime.edu
Located on Cape Cod, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy is in an ideal spot for lovers of all things nautical, which -- as the name might give away -- describes most of its roughly 1,700 students. The Academy prides itself on getting students ready for both sea-going and shoreside careers, offering seven undergraduate degrees in fields such as marine engineering, marine transportation, international maritime business, and emergency management. MMA is structured like a military academy. Students in certain majors are required to complete "sea terms," spending weeks training aboard a ship en route to a variety of U.S. and foreign ports. The academy does offer aspects of traditional college life, albeit on a smaller scale: Students can play on more than a dozen Division III sports teams and have their choice of several organizations, including clubs for chess, motocross, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. There's also Safe Harbor, a program that encourages MMA's students and staff to identify themselves as LGBTQ allies. Recent grads report earning an average of $67,200, about 30% more than graduates of schools with similar student demographics. The solid graduation rate of 75% is, according to MONEY, about 12% higher than schools with comparable student bodies.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$26,800
% of students who get any grants
48%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,500
Average price for low-income students
$4,810
admissions
Acceptance rate
83%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1120/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,627
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
65%
% of need met
77%
% of students who get merit* grants
6%
Average merit grant
$3,160
student success
Graduation rate
75%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$26,930
Average salary within 3 years
$67,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
61%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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