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Overall Score: 81.45

Maine Maritime Academy

Maine Maritime Academy, as its name implies, is made for a specific kind of student. For those interested in engineering, transportation, and marine science, the school is top-notch, offering a hands-on approach that includes lots of practical experience on training ships. (The school does have an Arts & Sciences department for students with varying interests.) The academy has just under 1,000 students and a roughly 50% acceptance rate, with a mostly male and mostly white student body. Over half of students choose to join the Regiment of Midshipmen, which requires uniforms as well as standing watch and other duties. The training at MMA provides a solid career path: Recent grads report above-average earnings, and the academy's website boasts a 90% job placement rate 90 days after graduation. Students report that the Maine Maritime Academy feels safe and the community is tight, although they also lament that the on-campus cooking is lacking. The school, located in Castine, a quiet town on Maine's seacoast, fields Division III teams in sports like basketball, cross country, sailing and soccer. Greek life is minimal, but there are many aquatic-themed organizations available to join – check out the Sea Scouts, Women on the Water, or Yacht Club.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$29,500
% of students who get any grants
67%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$19,800
Average price for low-income students
$19,140

Admissions

Acceptance rate
52%
Median SAT/ACT score
1110/18
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
990

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
72%
% of need met
43%
% of students who get merit grants
5%
Average merit grant
$4,370

Student Success

Graduation rate
71%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Median student debt
$27,000
Early career earnings
$72,840
% earning more than a high school grad
86%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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