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 2025
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 view missing documents, review/accept your financial aid offer online, print your financial aid offer letter, complete all necessary steps to finalize your aid and view important information regarding your financial aid offer as well as financial aid policies.
If you have been awarded any outside scholarships be sure to notify the Office of Student Financial Service, 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 Office of Student Financial Services.
2. Register for Accepted Student Day
Save the date! Admissions will email invitations in early February to join us on March 13th or April 17th.
3. Accept your Offer of Admission - Due by May 1st
Submit your non-refundable $400 enrollment fee - payable by check, or credit card using the button below. Please utilize the return envelope provided in your acceptance packet to return the confirmation form to the Office of Admissions. The confirmation form is also available electronically below if you wish to submit it via email to email@example.com. Completing these steps not only holds your place in the class, but is the trigger for additional information and allows other departments on campus to acknowledge you are an incoming student.
4. Prepare your Technology
MMA prides itself on its technology resources, all of which you will need to successfully transition to life as a cadet. You will receive an email with your account login information shortly after your acceptance, 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 Self Service student portal
- Set up a parent payment portal
- Sign up for emergency notifications
- Complete your medical history
You will also need to acquire a computer meeting the Academy's specifications prior to your arrival for orientation.
5. Update your Student Profile Information in the Billing Portal
Once you have set up your technology, log into the Self Service Portal and follow the link for Student Finance. Once on the landing page, you will see your name in the upper left hand corner. This is your profile. Follow this link to find a number of items that you should complete. Most important would be adding an Additional Payer(s), so that this person will receive email correspondence from us whenever there is activity on your student account. This also allows the payer their own access to pay your bill on your behalf.
You are also encouraged to enroll in the Direct Deposit electronic refund, allowing us to deposit any refunds directly into your bank account, rather than wait weeks for us to cut and mail you a check. Even if you are not expecting any type of refund, you are encouraged to set this up, just in case.
6. Complete your Uniform Fitting
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, uniform fittings are currently on hold. Final details are pending.
7. Complete Your Placement Exam
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the method of placement testing is yet to be determined. Final details are pending.
8. Request Learning Accommodations
Massachusetts Maritime Academy is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented learning differences/disability. The ADA defines a difference/disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activity. The Director of Disability Compliance works in collaboration with faculty and other campus departments to provide support for students with learning differences (including ADD and ADHD). This coordination of efforts complies with the mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Students requesting accommodations are required to provide a neuro-psych evaluation completed within the past three years. Documentation of the disability must be dated within three years of the date of enrollment.
9. Complete Your Medical Forms - Deadline June 1st
Medical forms will be made available in January.
10. Enroll in or Waive Health Insurance after June 1st*
According to Massachusetts State Law, all students must be covered by health insurance. If you are not covered by an outside insurance policy, you must purchase and enroll in the health plan available through the Academy. A link will be available at a later date to either enroll in or waive the school sponsored insurance. If waiving, the charge on your bill will be removed once we receive confirmation that you filled out the waiver. This must be done each and every academic year.
*This must be completed between June 1 and July 1 to avoid charges on your bill.
11. Submit your Final Transcripts
Incoming Freshmen - Please make sure your final official high school transcript includes proof of graduation. 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. Have your AP and/or IB scores sent to the Registrar's Office to be awarded credit (if applicable).
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. A grade of “P” or its equivalent will also be considered for transfer only if it was received during the Spring 2020 semester.
12. Complete mandatory DOT 5-Panel Drug Test - Deadline July 15th*
All incoming cadets are required to complete a Department of Transportation approved “pre-employment” 5-panel DOT (USCG) drug test and submit the results to the Admissions Office within 6 months of enrolling at the Academy. Please note, the Academy does not provide any paperwork and does not pay for this test. You can schedule/complete a drug test through one of the following options:
Call eScreen at (800) 964-6233, select option #4 and then option #1 for prepay. You will need to state that you will be paying for the test, as the Academy does not cover this expense. Once you have paid for the test they will send your “Custody and Control Form” to a designated DOT approved drug testing facility in your area. Once you complete the test at the lab, your results will automatically be sent directly to Admissions.
Use the laboratory of your choice from the list found here: Certified Lab List. These labs will provide you with a Federal Custody and Control Form (CCF) and the results will be reviewed and verified by a Medical Review Officer (MRO). Both are requirements of the Department of Transportation (DOT). If the form does not say Federal Custody and Control Form, it is the wrong test. You will need to state that you will be paying for the test, as the Academy does not cover this expense. Please be sure that the facility sends the test results directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
13. Complete Student Services Materials
- All incoming students are required to complete the following forms by 15 July:
- An Image Release form
- An acknowledgement of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy drug testing policy
- Passport Information
- Emergency Contact Information
14. Apply for Passport and/or TWIC*
All incoming students are highly encouraged to apply for a passport now. Due to COVID-19, processing times are significantly delayed and expedited processing has been suspended.
Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering, and Facilities Engineering students will need a valid passport, as well as a Transportation Worker's Identification Credential (TWIC) to participate on Sea Term. Additionally, Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering students will need a Transportation Worker's Identification Credential (TWIC) to be able to apply for their cadet credential. Don't forget to check off "Merchant Mariner" when asked for your profession!
*We are aware that COVID-19 is likely impacting your ability to complete this step. We will be operating with as much flexibility as possible this year. Please simply plan to complete this step when TWIC offices are open and it is safe to do so.
Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering students will need to apply for their Merchant Mariner Cadet Credential (MMC) during the first semester of freshman year. Unless a student has already obtained or will need to obtain an MMC for work, we encourage students to wait and allow us to help guide them through this process. The Director of Mariner Credentialing will meet several times with students throughout the semester as they complete the major milestones culminating in the mariner credential.The MMC is NOT a requirement for Sea Term I.
15. Prepare for Orientation
Orientation 2021 is quickly approaching and will be the first of many challenging opportunities you will face at the Academy. You will be testing yourself, both physically and mentally, in ways that you never have before. To that point, your physical and mental readiness will be key to your success during these 2 challenging weeks. Start training NOW!
Following are 6 key points to assist you in preparing for a successful Orientation:
1. Begin a physical training program now. Don’t forget to train outdoors in warm weather. August tends to bring on extreme hot temperatures that will make physical activity very challenging if you fail to prepare yourself. Please remember to hydrate and recover properly as well.
2. Arrive for Orientation at the date, time and location stated on the Check In document that will be posted way in advance of Orientation. Eat breakfast before you arrive. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear white sneakers. All males are required to show up with a 1” haircut and all females are required to arrive with neat and manageable hair.
3. Review the Class of 2025 web page (www.maritime.edu/2025). The “Youngie Knowledge” that you will be required to learn during Orientation is posted there. We highly encourage you to start studying the knowledge as soon as possible
4. If you do not know how to swim, be proactive and start learning now.
5. Complete and return required Medical Forms by July 1st, 2021. Please see Step #5 on the Class of 2025 page for full instructions on this matter.
6. You will find that the only way to succeed during Orientation is to work as a team. You must learn to work toward completing the task at hand as a unit. There is no desire for individuals here at our Academy, only contributing members to the team. Arrive here thinking that way.
16. Varsity Intercollegiate Sport Participation
If you are interested in participating in a varsity intercollegiate sport, the NCAA mandates Student-Athletes adhere to the following requirements:
- Obtain a Pre-participation Physical Evaluation (PPEval) within 6 months of the 1st practice
- Submit a copy of this form to Chris Barry (contact information below)
- Fall sport athletes should obtain a PPEval no earlier than March 1st
- Spring sport athletes should obtain a PPEval no earlier than April 1st,
- April 1st coincides with non-traditional fall practices/tryouts
- If you're unable to obtain an updated PPEval due to insurance issues, contact Chris Barry
- Complete the Athletic Training electronic medical record; this is in addition to Health Services requirement
- Go to www.swol123.net (SportsWare On-Line)
- Click “Join SportsWare” and enter the School ID: MMABUCS
- Fill in required information using your MARITIME EMAIL as your primary email; use a personal email as your secondary email
- Upon being granted access to the site, complete all info marked with a red asterisk (*)
- Your info will be reviewed and status manually updated
- Complete a baseline concussion test
- Contact Chris Barry for details
- Provide your sickle cell trait status
- If you were born in a New England state, not including Connecticut, complete the New England Newborn Screening Program form, or
- Contact the state in which you were born for instructions in obtaining the information, or
- Complete the MASCAC Sickle Cell Trait Testing Waiver
- Email or mail to Chris Barry, Head Athletic Trainer
- Email: email@example.com
- Mail: 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532