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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.) With just under 1,000 students and a roughly 80% acceptance rate, the academy isn't especially selective. The student body is mostly male and mostly white, and 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. 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 2019-2020
$28,500
% of students who get any grants
69%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$22,400
Average price for low-income students
$17,870
admissions
Acceptance rate
80%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1090/21
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,018
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
72%
% of need met
43%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$4,369
student success
Graduation rate
68%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$66,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
46%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Oct 30
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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