For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
Class of 2022
So you've been accepted. Now what? Below is a guide to assist you in preparing to become an enrolled cadet at MMA.
1. Apply for Financial Aid - Due by March 1st
To apply for financial aid, students must complete a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Priority deadline for incoming students is March 1. The form can be found at www.fafsa.gov.
All students can monitor their financial aid status through the MMA self-service portal. You will receive information regarding how to access this portal via email shortly after you receive your acceptance packet from the Admissions Office. In addition to viewing your application status, you can also submit missing documents, review/accept your financial aid award on line, print your financial aid award letter, complete all necessary steps to finalize your award and view important information regarding your financial aid award.
If you have been awarded any outside scholarships be sure to notify the Financial Aid Office, either by reporting it under the ‘REPORT/VIEW OUTSIDE AWARDS’ link on the MMA self-service portal, or by sending written notification directly to the Financial Aid Office.
2. Accept your Offer of Admission - Due by May 1st
Sign and mail back your acceptance making sure to include the $400 enrollment fee or pay online. 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.
3. Prepare your Technology
MMA prides itself on its technology resources, all of which you will need to successfully transition to life as a cadet. After depositing you will receive an email with your account login information within 5 business days, at which point you can access the Tech Prep page and complete your next steps:
Create your password
Set up your student email
Access the WebAdvisor student portal
Set up a parent payment portal
Register for an Accuplacer examination
Sign up for emergency notifications
Access Blackboard, the Academy's learning management system
Complete your medical history
4. Schedule your Placement Testing and Uniform Fitting
All incoming students in the Massachusetts Public College system are required 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.
All admitted students complete the MMA Accuplacer test, regardless of whether they have taken it in the past at another institution (high school or college). The test does not factor into the admission process. It is used to place admitted students into the appropriate courses.
Uniform fittings are scheduled in conjunction with Accuplacer examination.
5. Complete your Medical Forms
All students are required to waive or enroll in the Academy's health insurance plan. Visit University Health Plans to do so. Click on the left menu items to choose between enrolling or waiving. This must be done annually and in addition to providing your health insurance information to the Health Services Department.
All incoming cadets are required to submit their medical forms to Health Services no later than June 1st. Please Note: Physicals for athletes need to be performed of August 2018 per NCAA requirements.
Scan to email@example.com or mail to:
Massachusetts Maritime Health Services
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Once you have been given your Maritime login credentials, you will be able to access the Health Portal.
6. Attend Welcome Aboard
Saturday, May 12th - for students majoring in Emergency Management, Energy Systems Engineering, Facilities Engineering, International Maritime Business, and Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (non-license majors).
Saturday, May 19th - for students majoring in Marine Engineering or Marine Transportation (license majors).
The Welcome Aboard events are for deposited students and their parents/guardians (please limit up to 2-guests). These dates are program specific, and are not exchangeable. 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
Business Office/Financial Aid
Commandant’s office (COMCAD)
Check-in will begin at 9:00 AM in the Mess Deck. Detailed agendas will be available at the check-in table. Lunch will be provided on campus for incoming students; family members are welcome to join for a small fee. The program concludes at approximately 3:00 PM. Please call the Admissions Office at 800-544-3411 with any questions! Service animals are welcome however for their comfort and safety, pets are not allowed on campus.
7. Access your bill through WebAdvisor
Students access their electronic billing portal through the WebAdvisor main menu, login and select “view account and make payment”. E-Billing provides fast and efficient access to your tuition bill, do-it-yourself online account management, optional online payment, storage of payment and refund account information, and enrollment in payment plans. It’s an easy way to help the environment! You are not required to pay online, MMA still accepts payment by check or cash, however MMA does not mail paper statements. You will receive an email notification that a new bill is ready to view when your term statement is posted. Additionally, by authorizing your parents/guardians through your account they will receive notification of billing as it occurs and can attend to your bill while you are away on cruise, coop, or commercial shipping.
Bills should be available by Welcome Aboard weekend, if you have set up WebAdvisor you can view your bill at that time.
When viewing your bill, if you see that you haven't been waived for Health Insurance and need to be, please review Number 5 on this page.
8. Submit your Final Transcripts
Incoming Freshmen - 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 Transfers - 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 higher is considered for transfer.
First semester course schedules for all incoming students are created by the Registrar's Office. It is extremely important that students submit all AP, IB, and college transcripts to the Academy in a timely fashion. This will ensure that each student has a complete and accurate course schedule. Course schedules will be available by orientation. Students will receive an email to their MMA email account once their course schedule is available. Not sure how to enroll access your email account? Review the Tech Prep information above, then access the Tech Prep page to learn how to access your email account.
9. Complete Student Services Materials
All incoming students are required to complete the following:
- A Cadet Personal Information Form, which should be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 15 July 2018.
- A Title IX interactive program, which will be emailed to your student email account this summer, must be completed prior to Orientation. This program should be completed by the intended student only.
10. Varsity Intercollegiate Sport Participation
If you are interested in participating in a varsity intercollegiate sport, the NCAA requires you adhere to the following guidelines
- Obtain a Pre-participation Physical Examination (PPE) within 6 months of the 1st practice for your chosen sport
- Fall sport athletes should obtain a PPE no earlier than March 1st
- Spring sport athletes should obtain a PPE no earlier than April 1st, to coincide with non-traditional fall practices
- Complete the online athletic training medical forms. This is in addition to Health Services forms
- Go to www.swol123.net (SportsWare)
- Click “Join SportsWare” and enter the School ID: MMABUCS
- Fill in required information using your maritime email address
- Complete all info marked with a red asterisk (*)
- When completing the insurance info, be sure to upload a copy of your card
- Complete a baseline concussion test administered by a member of the Athletic Training Staff
- This test will be administered at Welcome Aboard and during orientation
- If you do not attend Welcome Aboard, you may schedule an appointment prior to arriving on campus for orientation
- Provide your sickle cell trait status
Contact info for Chris Barry, Head Athletic Trainer
Feel free to contact Chris Barry with any varsity athletics related questions.
11. Attend Orientation
All incoming students, both spring and fall admits, are required to attend a two-week Orientation, which will begin on Saturday, August 18th, 2018 and conclude on Friday, August 31st, 2018. The two week orientation will conclude on Friday, August 31st with the Marching Competition at 1830 in Clean Harbors Stadium to be followed by awards and the cadet candidate oath. The cadets will be dismissed 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. Service animals are welcome, however for their comfort and safety pets are not allowed.