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Massachusetts Maritime Academy - Class of 2019 Admissions - Class of 2019

Welcome to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Class of 2019!

So you’ve been accepted. Now what? Below is a guide to assist you in preparing to become an enrolled cadet at MMA.


1.    Accept your offer of admission

2.    Attend Welcome Aboard event on Saturday, May 16

3.    Complete Financial Aid paperwork

4.    Schedule placement testing and uniform fitting

5.    Complete Health Services Information (online form)

6.    Request final transcripts to be sent to us

7.    Enroll in Online Billing

8.    Laptop Requirement
9.    Complete pre-admission drug testing : Information on how to do this here.
10.   Access your MMA student email

11.   Orientation Save the Date: Saturday, 15 August - Friday, 28 August


1. Accept your offer of admission - Due by May 1st

Sign and mail back your acceptance making sure to include the $400 enrollment fee. This not only holds your place in the class, but is the trigger for additional information – it allows other departments on campus to acknowledge you are an incoming student.


2. Welcome Aboard

Save the date: Saturday May 16th - This is our Welcome Aboard event for deposited and their parents/guardians. The day includes a mix of hands-on workshops and new student processing while parents/guardians meet the MMA Vice Presidents and hear from departments such as the business office, marine operations, and the commandant’s staff (COMCAD).  NOTE: Thanks to our Health Services department, student physicals will be given on this day with no out of pocket cost. Your insurance will be billed for a "Fit for Duty" exam, so you will need to bring your insurance card.

Check-in will begin at 8am in the mess deck. Detailed agendas will be available at the check-in table. Lunch will be provided on campus. The day will end at about 3:30pm. Please call the Admissions Office at 800-544-3411 with any questions!


3. Financial Aid

Financial aid must be applied for each year by May 1st (for priority consideration) by completing both of the following:

FAFSA - The FAFSA may be completed as early as January 1st or when Federal Income Tax Returns have been filed. This may be done online at List MMA’s school code, 002181, to ensure the results will be shared with the Academy, along with other schools the student will be applying to.


MMA Financial Aid Application - This application provides the Financial Aid Office anticipated enrollment information to assist in determining a student’s cost of attendance. Beginning in early February, a Financial Aid Application is mailed to all incoming students after acceptance has been extended.


For assistance, contact the MMA financial aid office directly at 508-830-5087 or read more here.


4. Schedule placement testing and uniform fitting

All incoming students in the Massachusetts Public College system are mandated by the Department of Higher Education to take the Accuplacer examination. This online assessment and placement tool is used throughout the Commonwealth by institutions of higher education to place incoming students in courses appropriate for their level of academic preparedness. This assessment does not factor in for admission and has no bearing should a student have a conditional acceptance. The bookstore will assign students a testing time on the date of the uniform fitting.


Uniform measurements will take place in conjunction with the Accuplacer placement testing. If you will not be on campus for the placement exam, it is imperative that you review the Follett Bookstore Packet and submit an accurate measurement chart. To schedule the examination and uniform fitting, call the MMA Bookstore at 508-830-6488.


Testing dates for incoming fall students will updated shortly.

You must bring a photo ID with you when you arrive for your appointment.

For more information on the Accuplacer examination, please visit the Accuplacer FAQ web page. All further inquiries should be directed to:

5. Complete Medical Forms

All incoming cadets are required to have a physical examination, submit the dates of receiving the mandatory vaccinations and submit a copy of the front and back of your insurance card.

Physical exams will be provided at the May 16 Welcome Aboard event. There is no out of pocket cost to you for the exam. Your insurance will be billed for a "Fit for Duty" exam but we do not balance bill or collect co-pays or deductibles. You must bring your insurance card. 

A medical history must be completed by accessing the Online Student Health portal (OSH). Your credentials to log in to OSH will be the username and password you set up in PortalGuard. You can access OSH by clicking here.

For students attending Welcome Aboard
For students unable to attend Welcome Aboard

6. Request final transcripts

Incoming freshman - Please make sure your final official high school transcript includes proof of graduation. If you have taken AP classes, have your scores sent to the Registrar's Office to award credit. Offers of acceptance to Massachusetts Maritime Academy are contingent upon successful completion of all courses and certification of your high school graduation. If your performance declines significantly, we reserve the right to rescind your acceptance.


Incoming transfer student - Be sure to send your final official college transcript. Offers of acceptance to Massachusetts Maritime Academy are contingent upon successfully meeting the transfer standards. If final transcripts do not meet these standards, we reserve the right to rescind your acceptance. Please note that only a grade of “C” or better is considered for transfer.


7. Enroll in e-Billing

Massachusetts Maritime Academy has gone paperless with 100% e-billing. This will provide fast and efficient delivery of your tuition bill, do-it-yourself online account management and an easy way to help the environment! We will not be mailing paper statements. Click here for more information.


8. Laptop Requirements

All students are required to have a laptop computer. Computers may be purchased through the Academy Bookstore or through other retail outlets. Click here to read about specific computer requirements.


9. Drug Testing

All Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets are required to participate in our United States Coast Guard approved chemical testing program. e-Screen can assist you in getting the appropriate DOT approved drug test at a location close to your home. e-Screen may be contacted at 800-964-6233. You are not required to use e-Screen for your drug test, however, the test you take must be a DOT approved test and the facility must be able to supply a Federal Custody and Control Form. The deadline for submission of test results is July 16, 2015.

Please note: Testing completed more than 6 months prior to the start of Orientation will not be considered valid and you will be required to re-test at your own expense.

10. Access your student email account
Login first with PortalGuard, our system that allows you to manage your password. Your account name is first.last name. Your default password is your first letter of your first name in cpaital + the first letter of your last name in capital + underscore + your seven digit ID number (eg John Doe 1234567 would be JD_1234567).You will be prompted to create a password. This password will need:

  • to consist of at least 8 characters
  • to have at least 3 of the following: lowercase letters, uppercase letters, digits, or special characters (~!@#$%^&**(){}?)
After enrolling, you will be able to use this password as your gmail password. Login at with as your email and your PortalGuard password.

Make sure that you are able to access your student email account as we will be sending updates via email as we approach Orientation.

11. Orientation
Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadet candidates will be graduating from Orientation 2015 at 1830 on Friday, 28 August 2015. The two week orientation will conclude with the Marching Competition which will begin at 1830 in Clean Harbors Stadium to be followed by awards and the cadet candidate oath. The cadets will be dismissed from the Parade Field adjacent to the T.S. Kennedy at approximately 2100. The Massachusetts Maritime Academy Public Safety officers will be assisting with traffic control and guiding visitors who require special access. Restrooms will be available in the gymnasium.

A list of what to bring to orientation is available here.
Orientation Knowledge

last updated 7-6-2015 by