Fall 2021 Return to Campus

Academy’s phased approach helped prepare for full return


BUZZARDS BAY, MA – March 29, 2021 – Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) will welcome the entire student body back to campus in September. Students will attend in-person classes, while living in the dorms, training on the water, and taking part in campus activities. 

The appropriate health and safety protocols, which will align with the requirements of State and Local Boards of Health at that time, will be released prior to the start of the fall semester so that students and families can adequately prepare for a safe return. MMA will follow directives by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and the State of Massachusetts Board of Higher Education regarding vaccine requirements. 

“I’m proud of our Mass Maritime community for rising up and forging through a moment in history we’ll never forget,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “The remarkably low COVID cases at the Academy speaks volumes about the planning and execution efforts directed by our medical team, staff faculty, and especially the leadership of our cadets. We’re pleased that we can look forward now to beginning the fall semester as we have for the last 130 years, in-person and on campus.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic became a reality, the Academy shifted to a fully remote learning environment in March 2020. The implementation of safety protocols allowed a small number of senior cadets to complete requirements of in-person assessments, concluding with a successful socially distanced graduation. This helped lay the foundation for a fall 2020 semester in which approximately 35 percent of the student body was welcomed back for hybrid learning. The Academy welcomed back approximately 75 percent of students to campus for the spring 2021 semester to continue in-person learning, lab work, and required assessment modules to be completed.

“Perseverance has always been a principal embedded in our curriculum and encouraged both on and off campus,” said McDonald.  “However, the pandemic put this teaching to the test in ways we could never imagine. Although we navigated this difficult time remarkably well, the entire MMA community is looking forward to starting the fall semester in-person.”

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA 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. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure.