Students Say

Tucked away on Long Island, the United States Merchant Marine Academy offers students the chance to pursue a prestigious though rigorous and regimented education. Further, it allows undergrads to join “a group of elite students who work hard and [are] honest and patriotic.” Students here caution that the academics are “extremely difficult,” especially given the “fast-paced classroom environment.” Additionally, when asked about their professors, students dole out mixed reviews. Though most assert that their teachers are “very intelligent,” some bemoan a “lack of enthusiasm.”

Overview

Applicants
2,252
Acceptance Rate
18%
Average HS GPA
3.60

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 663
SAT Math
613 - 688
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Tucked away on Long Island, the United States Merchant Marine Academy offers students the chance to pursue a prestigious though rigorous and regimented education. Further, it allows undergrads to join “a group of elite students who work hard and [are] honest and patriotic.” Students here caution that the academics are “extremely difficult,” especially given the “fast-paced classroom environment.” Additionally, when asked about their professors, students dole out mixed reviews. Though most assert that their teachers are “very intelligent,” some bemoan a “lack of enthusiasm.” While some professors are described as “fair, approachable, and extremely helpful,” other professors come across as “heartless and condescending.” Regardless of which classes you enroll in, the Merchant Marine Academy is “a school that requires plenty of effort on behalf of the student.” As one midshipman proudly sums up, “The opportunities afforded by this Academy are unparalleled by any other college I have come across. Despite the immense sacrifices and hardships of this school, it is completely worth it for the right person.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
145
with Terminal Degree
42

123
Men
22
Women
11
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Lane Kirkland (Deceased)
AFL/CIO President

Elliot See (Deceased)
Astronaut

Dean White
Billionaire/Entrepreneur

Douglass North
Nobel Laureate/Economics

CAPT Mark Kelly
Astronaut

John Diebold (Deceased)
Entrepreneur/Automation Pioneer

Sidney Thompson
Superintendent/Los Angeles School District

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
67
Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Jan 31

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Bottom Line

The federal government pays for all of a student’s education, room and board, uniforms, and books; however, midshipmen are responsible for the payment of fees for mandatory educational supplies not provided by the government, such as the prescribed personal computer, activity fees (athletic, cultural events, health services, student newspaper, yearbook, etc.), and personal fees. These fees along with books and supplies come to approximately $1,600, though totals may vary depending on class year (loans are available). The service commitment for each student is determined by their choice of career following graduation.

Bang For Your Buck

After graduation, students are automatically qualified to enter any branch of the armed forces as an officer, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, or NOAA. Virtually 100 percent of graduates obtain well-paying employment within six months of commencement, with the majority at work within three months, and most with offers of employment before graduation day. Most students that attend the USMMA have their sights set on a solid job that only requires them to work six months out of the year. The Academy’s four-year program centers on a regimental system that turns its students—called midshipmen (a term used for both men and women)—into “top notch officers who are not only capable at sea, but have the ability to work under stress in any situation.”

Financial Aid Statistics


Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$0
Required Fees
$882
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$767

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Federal SMART Grants & Federal Academic Competitiveness Grants
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

At first glance, the average Merchant Marine Academy midshipman could be described as "a white, conservative male." Of course, there's definitely more to these students than race, gender, and political views. Certainly, undergrads can also be depicted as "respectful," "athletic," and "outgoing." They can also be categorized as "those that want to work in the maritime industry and those that want to join the military." Moreover, many are "hardworking and seri­ ous." As one undergrad explains, "If you aren't willing to work, you won't be here long." Another student continues, "The typical student has tons on his plate, whether it's regimental duties or academic ones. [However], no matter what, if you need help with something, somebody will be there for you." A fellow midshipman concurs, summing up, "The students here are all a family. Each one of us here at the Merchant Marine Academy [has] experienced the same rigorous training and tough treatment plebe year. We all work together in everything we do, and without one another it is almost impossible to succeed at the Academy." Actually, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is increasing the diversity of its student body every year. The number of women in this year's graduating class is 10 percent, while the class of 2016 is at 15 percent. Ethnic minorities comprise 20 percent of the class of 2016.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
958
Out of State
87%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
4

Demographics

15% female
85% male
87% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Undergrads at the Merchant Marine Academy don't mince words about life at their school. Indeed, the majority seem to be in agreement that because "it is a military academy, fun is generally limited." As one straightforward student explains, "We are restricted to the campus grounds during the week until senior year. Life is pretty drab, dull, and boring [with] most time spent either in class, studying, or working out." Moreover, undergrads are "restricted by the regiment and disciplinary system." Of course, even these hardworking midshipmen get to kick back every now and again. Another undergrad cheer­ fully shares, "When the spring comes, everyone gets out to play rec sports (Ultimate Frisbee, tag football, soccer, swim, or bike ride) and goes to the park to BBQ." A fellow student chimes in, "We have a good time, and usually, it is the little things that make us happy. We enjoy hanging out on weekends and doing things that normal college students would do. Recently a few friends and I had a Nerf gun battle, which was pretty fun." When they are allowed, midshipmen rush to get off campus. Indeed, students here love to take advan­ tage of the fact that they are "only twenty minutes from downtown NYC." As this wise midshipman concludes, "New York City in uniform boils down to cheap food, movies, plays, concerts, easy way to meet girls, you name it...we work hard all week, but when it comes time, we get to play hard as well."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
100%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
69
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Mariners)
17 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Riflery
Sailing
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Mariners)
12 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Riflery
Sailing
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Recruiter on Campus.
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Recruiter on Campus.
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Recruiter on Campus. Bronx ROTC Detachment

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
40

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Phone
516-773-5391

Email
admissions@usmma.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places Off Campus
New York City

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required:
Dates:
Times:
Average Length:

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi, Bus