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Maine Maritime Academy Reviews

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  • 01/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This place is definitely great for anyone who loves being on the water, is interested in ships, or the maritime industry in general. The education here is also very hands on so if you like turning wrenches, rolling up your sleeves, and getting dirty, this might be the place for you. Not only that, but you will get a formal education and end up with a bachelors degree, which will further expand your opportunities on the shore-side world if you don't stay in the maritime business your whole life.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't like to work, don't come here. You will be taking a lot of extra courses, and a lot of courses that are noncredit. If you do make it through the payoff at the end will be great. The average starting salary for a 3/c Engineer (one of the Coast Guard Licenses offered here) as somewhere around $80,000 to start; not bad right. We are a little different than the other maritime schools, but as far as public educations go, this school is considered to be one of the best engineering schools in the US. The curriculum here allows students to get a great formal education and get hands on experience. Also, you get first hand experience working in the real industry through cadet shipping along with other co-ops

    Bang for the buck

    I just talked to a student that is currently a senior and already signed a contract for $120,000 a year. Coming out of here, you will be very well educated and well rounded whether you choose to study engineering, marine transportation, marine science, biology, or small vessel operations. People will want you because you will be good if not extraordinary in whatever field you choose. Since it is a specialized field and you will be in demand. The job placement from this place is phenomenal. 95% of all students who graduate will have a good paying job within 6 months, if not even before you graduate! There are also quit a few extracurricular activities for students even though there is less than a thousand students total. The worst thing that eats you wallet is definitely the unlimited license fee if you are in a program to get a 3/c Engine or 3rd Mate coast guard license. The will run you about $3,000 a year. The payoff at the end will be big, so its worth it. Think of it as an investment in yourself and your future.

    Am enjoying being here

    I definitely enjoy what I am learning, staying busy, and the things I do for fun like scuba dive. The only downturn to this place is its practically in the middle of nowhere and over a half-hour from anywhere, but that's Maine for you. Other than that there are a lot of extracurricular activities you can get involved in. For example, there is outdoor adventure club, drama club, drill team, engineering clubs, and pistol and rifle club. There are also varsity sports for both men and women which include soccer and basketball, along with a number of club sports like ice hockey.

    Am learning a lot

    I am definitely learning. The course load definitely pushes you to be constantly learning, and people here take around 18 credits plus noncredit courses such as labs for chemistry, nautical science, physics, in addition to other courses and classes such as ships maintenance. The small class sizes allow teachers to know you personally and are there to encourage and help you with anything. You will work hard but it is to get you ready be successful when you graduate and go into industry. You will know the industry and how to perform well in it.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Alpha Phi Omega, community service fraternity.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for regimented lifestyle (although it's not required.)

    Bang for the buck

    It will be well worth a degree from this school.

    What to do for fun

    Winter sports are very common, such as snowboarding and skiing.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the best.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small, but it has the biggest single dormitory building in New England, so you don't have to go outside o see your friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are hard, but well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely pick this school again if I could go back. I've been given an opportunity to see the world while getting an education.

    In three sentences

    Maine Maritime Academy is a great place to study. There aren't distractions of city life because it is in rural Maine. Being on the water is a major benefit to the marine-based academic programs offered.

  • 10/17/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Like hands on learning and want to be placed into a great career straight out of college.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the college is small and very close knit. i feel very safe on campus. castine is on the tip of a large peninsula and other than the academy there is nothing else there.

    Greek Life

    no greek life on this campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are numerous sports activities and clubs to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    maine maritime is a great college for motivated and serious students who want to excel in maritime trades and the logistic behind international and national movement of durable goods.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    you have to jump off the ship. maine maritime has its own ship that the merchant marines train on. all incoming freshman are encouraged to jump off the ship into the cold maine ocean water. it is cold but fun.

    Bang for the buck

    the price that you pay for a college education that will actually get you a high paying job in a great area of business is immeasurable.

    What to do for fun

    i play both volleyball and basketball for the team. i like the competition and keeping in shape.

    Food and Dining

    food is ok but is nothing to write home about.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are what the are. they are small and old. they are not a strong selling point for this college.

    Academic Rigor

    it is a hard school but well work the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared to jump right in an start working. if you are not prepared to work you will not make it.

    In three sentences

    maine maritime academy is an awsome school for students that want a great education in international business and logistics. i love this school. it is a small school with teachers who have been in the real business world. i would recommend this college to anyone.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is very good, not too may disturbances happen in Castine.

    Greek Life

    Alpha Phi Omega, community service frat.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Must be disciplined, well rounded, intelligent, and willing to work with and for others.

    Bang for the buck

    Having to buy uniforms gets expensive and the book store is not cheap.

    What to do for fun

    Play sports through the school, join clubs, the town of Castine does not offer too much to do. The closest cities are Bangor and Orono which are around an hour away.

    Food and Dining

    Sodexo is not that great compared to any State University.

    Dorm Life

    Everyday your bed will be made, everything is dusted, your clothes are ironed, etc. The dorm itself is fairly clean and they are not too loud. Good for studying.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to pay attention and study a lot to succeed in academics here at MMA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't give up, work hard, get involved in as many groups and activities as possible.

    In three sentences

    MMA is not your typical college. You are expected to meet a standard everyday in the classroom as well as if you are a part of the Regiment of Midshipmen. If that standard is not met you will face the consequences.

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    If you plan on going the Regimental way, then be prepared to spend a lot of money on Uniforms and Supplies.

    What to do for fun

    Study.

    Food and Dining

    We do not have good food. It has gotten better since last year, but it is definitely not like the way homemade food tastes.

    Dorm Life

    Everybody lives in Curtis Hall unless you have permission from Residential Life to live off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are all meant to help you learn in a way where you think for yourself and the teachers are all very well educated and are here to help you and encourage you to learn. Much of what you do is hands on.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are two ways you could go: the Regimental way, or the Independent Student way. The Regimental branch is focused on honing yourself and your self-discipline while the Independent way is for those who would just like to take it easy while going through college. Either way, the campus is small and you will probably get to meet everybody at some point unlike a large college campus where you can walk everywhere but never meet somebody.

    In three sentences

    Maine Maritime Academy is a beautiful, yet small school that has a very good, yet very unknown reputation. It is on a peninsula and is not near any large cities, although, if you would like to focus on academics, then this is the place for you.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 9

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Not a whole lot, its in the middle of nowhere

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for a huge change in life style.

    In three sentences

    A very hands-on college. The regiment makes life harder, but is worth it. The classes can be difficult.

  • 11/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is spectacular. The safety team will go out of there way to help you out with what ever you need.

    Clubs and Activities

    Simply aren't very many of them.

    Great for these types of students

    Hands on, Mechanical, Ocean Loving, avid boats men/women.

    Bang for the buck

    You get all most 100% bang for your buck. With a 92+% placement rating and an extremely high average starting pay, MMA is a great foundation for your' future.

    What to do for fun

    As for fun activities, there are very few. The school does have an exceptional new weight room and other field house activities. With a complete rock climbing wall and Olympic sized swimming pool there are plenty of physical activities. The only reason there is little to do is because of the location of the college. Castine Maine is a small coastal town. With only one convenience store and two restaurants, there is little to do off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Initially the food is great! But soon you realize that the food slowly goes down hill. It is still tasty and very well presented, but the side effects of eating the food is detrimental. I would estimate 85% of the student body has digestion track insecurity. Weather it be upset occasional upset stomach or frequent defecation.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at MMA is much different than that of most colleges. The campus is a dry campus, with EVERY current student enrolled in a random drug screening process. This for some would make dorm life dull and boring but on the bright side it promotes education. It cause people to get to know each other on a real level and promotes healthy living.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load isn't all that difficult, but it is much different than the typical workload found in high schools. The hands on component of MMA attracts people from all over the world. With every major having countless labs and all with fun activities, the work is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared,open minded and do your work. You will meet tons of new people, develop life long friendships and enjoy your stay at MMA if you fallow these simple tips.

    In three sentences

    Maine Maritime Academy is a hands on college. The staff and student body are wonderful to work with and coexist greatly. I wouldn't go anywhere else.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is always nearby, and it's well lit around campus. There aren't any sketchy areas to be afraid of.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's quite a few clubs and groups on campus, from sports to cards, to religious groups.

    Great for these types of students

    Determined, hard working, pragmatic, mature students who desire a successful future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The ship jump! Jumping off the back of the training ship to start the year. It's nearly a 30 foot plunge, but it's not too scary.

    Bang for the buck

    Most students expect to pay off their student loans shortly after graduation because of the high starting salaries that their degrees will bring them.

    What to do for fun

    There a lot of snow up here, so winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling are big.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is above average, with a good amount of selection. There's also a student lounge where you can order food from that they make for you on the spot.

    Dorm Life

    The environment around MMA is very quiet and becomes boring sometimes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're applying here for engineering; be prepared for a few math classes, but they aren't too bad. Also, it's eastern maine, be prepared for a cold, snowy winter.

    In three sentences

    A very career oriented school that offers a lot of hands-on classes. You hear nothing but good things about the school. The student help center here is very helpful!