2023SP Check-In Day (returning students)
Monday, 27 February with the following staggered arrival times:
- 4/c- 0800
- 3/c- 1000
- 2/c- 1200
- 1/c- 1400
Cadets must check in with their Company Officer upon arrival.
Cadets must be registered properly and financially clear with Student Financial Services.
Per the Covid 19 Policy, dorm access is restricted to cadets and designated personnel only. Visitors are not authorized in the dormitory.
Academic Accessibility Services
Academic Resource Center
The Spring Semester Orientation Program (SSOP) is designed to quickly transition you to a regimented lifestyle for your spring semester start. The program builds teamwork, camaraderie, self-discipline, and time-management skills while immersing you in a culture of maritime customs and traditions. Cadet leaders, known as “cadre,” will challenge you mentally and physically to prepare you for success at the Academy. This 5 day Orientation will be demanding. However, your new knowledge, attention to detail, resiliency, and bond with your shipmates will last throughout your time at the Academy.
The cadre leading you through SSOP will uphold the core principles of the Regiment of Cadets:
Discipline- “Discipline,” not only in the sense of the regimental environment of the Academy, but also in the greater sense of the self-discipline exhibited by all cadets to stay the course, weather the storms, graduate, obtain their licenses, commissions, and career positions and the continued self-discipline to succeed in all of their endeavors, both personal and professional.
Knowledge- “Knowledge,” representing the academic courses and the hands-on diverse training providing the competencies to apply such knowledge for the benefit, safety, and well-being of others, and for the desire and drive to continue the accumulation of knowledge throughout life. Cadet leaders’ primary responsibility is to teach.
Leadership- “Leadership,” whether studied, absorbed, or gained through adversity or hardship, is bestowed upon all cadets. The Academy’s “Leadership Laboratory” prepares graduates to lead communities, companies, sailors, and military units post-graduation.
Spring Semester Orientation and Fall Orientation are modeled after "basic readiness training" in the military or at military academies. Right away, here are some thing you can expect from the Spring Semester Orientation Program:
- Physical Training (PT): Each day will begin early with a physical workout.
- Intensive Study: Cadet candidates will be expected to read up on all things Mass Maritime, including policies, building names, and names and ranks of officers and administrators. Cadet candidates will be given a book called the "Chafing Gear" that they will study closely.
- Task Repetition: Things like always having a flashlight at the ready, making your bed correctly to prepare for inspections, marching etc.
- Squad Leaders: Squad Leaders are members of the cadre who pushing you to be the best you can be. They are there to enforce the rules, but also to guide you and shape you into a true cadet.
- Strict Adherence the Rules: Prepare to receive regimented guidelines over the 5 day SSOP and for cadet expectations throughout the year.
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1. Apply for Financial Aid by January 15
To apply for financial aid, students must complete a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The form can be found at www.studentaid.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. Accept your Offer of Admission and Pay Your Enrollment Fee - Due by February 1st for Spring Transfer Students
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 or download it electronically below and send to email@example.com. Please note, you will need your Student ID number to complete payment - this can be found on your acceptance letter. 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.
*A service fee may apply
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. 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.
4. 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, in the upper left corner you will find a link for MY ACCOUNT. 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. By signing up for SMS notifications, you will receive a text message from us in addition to the email that is sent when a new bill has been posted.
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.
5. Complete your Uniform Fitting
Please contact the Academy Bookstore at 508-830-6488 in order to schedule an in-person fitting. If you are unable to come to campus for a fitting (recommended) you may submit your measurements via email.
If you have questions regarding your uniform fitting, please contact the Academy Store directly at 508.830.6488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
6. 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.
7. Medical Clearance
You’ll need to meet with a medical provider of your choice and upload specific medical information into your health portal.
8. Enroll in or Waive Health Insurance
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. Enroll in or waive the school sponsored 2022-2023 Health Insurance. Make sure that you are filling out the correct year (22-23). 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.
9. 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.
10. Complete mandatory DOT 5-Panel Drug Test - Deadline February 1
Per the USCG CFR, the Academy requires a negative drug screen for all cadets within 6 (six) months of enrolling at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Please get the drug screen by February 1. The Academy’s preferred drug testing provider is Quest Diagnostics.
1) Paying For Your Drug Test -
- Log into the Self Service Portal
- Select Student Finance and click "Make a Payment" on the bottom right (you may need to "X" out of the notifications tab)
- From the Available items list, click "Incoming Student/Cadet Drug Screen"
- Enter your information into the required fields
- Click "Add to payment"
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click "Continue"
- Follow the prompts until the payment is complete
- Once this payment is complete, you will receive an email with a "QPassport" within 1 business day. After receiving the email, click on the link below to schedule your drug screen appointment with Quest Diagnostics.
2) Scheduling Your Drug Test -
Select find a location and schedule an appointment convenient for you using this link:
QUEST DIAGNOSTICS LOCATION/APPOINTMENT
- Complete the steps on the Quest portal
- REASON FOR VISIT
- Select “Employer Drug and Alcohol” on the first screen
- Select “Urine - Federally mandated”
- TESTING LOCATION
- Enter your zip code
- Confirm that under “Services” tab it says “Urine - Federally mandated”
- Confirm or edit the location selected
- Select date and time for your drug screen appointment
- COMPLETE THE FIELDS WITH YOUR INFORMATION
- REVIEW ALL TABS AND EDIT IF NECESSARY.
- SELECT “SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT”
- REASON FOR VISIT
- Report to the lab at your selected time. You will need a Quest "QPassport" document that will be emailed from Admissions. Do not arrive at the lab without this; they will be unable to test you.
- Provide the account barcode #11214468, if necessary
- Provide the test code 65304N, if necessary
- Show your valid driver’s license or passport at the testing site
- Sign the Chain of Custody Form, if necessary
- Results will automatically be shared with the Admissions Office.
11. Complete Additional Materials
All incoming students are required to complete the following forms:
An acknowledgement of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy drug testing policy
NCAA Title IX Disclosure Form (This form allows for equal opportunity for all incoming students to tryout for varsity athletics. You will be prompted to upload this document through Self-Service)
Emergency Contact Information
Login to Self Service with your Maritime username and password.
Click on your username and choose Emergency Information from the drop down menu
Edit any existing contacts by clicking on the pencil icon
Add new contacts by clicking on the +Add New Contact button
When you have determined that the information is current, click the confirm button
12. Apply for Passport and/or TWIC*
1.) If you do not have a passport or need to renew, please do so ASAP. For incoming cadets that already have a passport, please check the expiration date! If your passport is going to expire within six months of January 2024, renew your passport. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Students will be participating in either Sea Term or Experiential Learning trips which include foreign ports/travel. If you have questions regarding passports or any travel requirements outside of the United States, please contact the Office of Intercultural Engagement at email@example.com.
2.) 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!
Please note, Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering students will apply for their Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) during the first semester of freshman year. Unless a student has already obtained an MMC for job opportunities, 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.
*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 as processing times are significantly delayed and expedited processing has been suspended. Please simply plan to complete this step when offices are open and it is safe to do so.
13. Varsity Intercollegiate Sport Participation
If you are interested in participating in a varsity intercollegiate sport, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy mandates student-athletes adhere to specific requirements, in accordance with the NCAA.
Click on the following link to view these requirements: www.mmabucs.com/insideAthletics.
14. Cadet Candidate Handbook
Youngie knowledge enlightens cadets as to the rules, traditions, regulations, customs, and policies associated with Massachusetts Maritime Academy in particular and maritime-related industries in general. Memorization of “Youngie Knowledge” is required for all underclassmen.
15. Save the Date: New Student Orientation - Summer
Spring Transfer students are also required to complete the new student Orientation in August.
Dates to be announced.