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United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Reviews

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  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 of 2

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Being a Federal Academy, all personal are subject to military service upon completion of the school so most people are physically fit and morally sound. Lying, Cheating and Stealing rarely occur due to the honor code. In addition the school has a campus police force and security guards at the gates.

    Greek Life

    Every student on campus is automatically enrolled in the Kings Point fraternity/sorority which is Kappa Pi Sigma. This is a very unique and awesome way of bonding a group of people together.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school is a Division 3 school and offers all the normals sports in addition to sailing and power boats. In addition to athletics this school has some of the most clubs of any school that I know of. Clubs including: fencing, investment, military, sports, EMT, eagle scouts and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a hard working, intelligent, athletic person who wants to study Engineering or Logistics and Inter modal Transportation then this is the school for you. Being a Federal Academy the tuition is near free and the experiences are great.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each student at the Merchant Marine Academy will spend one year at sea working as a cadet on a commercial or military ship. This experience will bring the students around the world. Most students visit 15 different countries throughout there time here. Not to mention the great work experience gained during this year spent out at sea.

    Bang for the buck

    Considering the school is a Federal Academy and the cost to the students is under $5,000 the bang for the buck is tremendous here. The education is mostly free based on a service obligation of all the students.

    What to do for fun

    Being a Division three school we have a multitude of sports events to watch on the weekend. With the schools location on Long Island, NY trips to NYC are frequent and exciting. The school has a sailing program where students participated in daily sailing events. Long Island has many attractions that accommodate students during the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Not the worst food on the planet but could most certainly use some work. Students are offered one entree for lunch and two for dinner. Because of the lack of choices students often dislike the food and dining offered here.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, considering you get four straight years of it. There is no alternative living accommodations. Because all of your time is spent in the dorms with the exception of sea year the students grow fond of each other. One problem of the dorm life is the freshman are in charge of cleaning the facilities, this does not always go over to well.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the toughest higher level institutions. Offers a difficult Engineering program that is geared towards sailing in the US Merchant Fleet. Will prepare students adequately for a career in the Merchant Marine. One entire year will be spent by the students out at sea on commercial ships working in the actual industry. The other three years the students are on a trimester system and usually average 18 credits during each trimester.

    In three sentences

    Is a very rigorous school that will prepare students for their role in the military or maritime service. There is no other school like this, with regards to traditions and experiences. Even though your time here will be rough and studious it is well worth it.

  • 09/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None, you are in the Navy Reserve.

    Bang for the buck

    Uncle Sam pays for everything school oriented, from tuition to books.

    What to do for fun

    We are a simple train ride from Manhattan.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't the greatest, but every meal is free.

    Dorm Life

    It barracks life for four years (Well only three because one year your on a ship).

    Academic Rigor

    This will be the hardest thing you ever do

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid

    In three sentences

    Very difficult course load but worth it. You give up a normal college experience for an exceptional future, we call it four for forty. You get to go out to sea for a year, which is quite exceptional