Class of 2020 - International Cadets

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 - 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. I-20 and Immigration

To study in the United Sates, individual must have a visa – usually an F-1 Student Visa. To apply for an F-1 visa, you must submit to the United States Embassy or Consulate in your own country the following documents:

  • A valid Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility
  • A passport
  • Evidence of financial support

I-20 Forms will be sent by the academy to admitted students, after receiving payment of a student's $400 deposit. Instructions on how to make the payment will be included in the student's acceptance letter. Once the individual receives the I-20 form, it must be checked carefully. Be sure that the following information is correct:

  • Name (First name and Family name, exactly as it appears on your passport)
  • Address (foreign home address)
  • Mailing address (if different from home address)
  • Birth date
  • Country of birth
  • Country of citizenship

Students applying for an (F-1) visa must pay a one-time SEVIS processing fee, called the I-901 Fee. The SEVIS processing fee is USD $200 for F1 visas. Visit the SEVIS website for payment instructions. You will need to bring a receipt for payment of this fee to your visa interview. The fee can be paid by check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank or online through the web site.

For further information, see the SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) main page. We encourage you to pay the fee as soon as you can to avoid delays in applying for a visa. This is a one-time fee and will be valid for whichever U.S. university you choose to enroll in (We do hope you choose to join Massachusetts Maritime Academy!!) Allow several weeks to complete the visa application process. If you have questions about applying for a student visa, contact the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate in your country.

3. Attend Welcome Aboard

Saturday, May 14th - for students majoring in Marine Engineering or Marine Transportation
Saturday, May 21st - for students majoring in Emergency Management, Energy Systems Engineering, Facilities Engineering, International Maritime Business, and Marine Safety and Environmental Protection

If you are unable to attend due to the distance, please be sure to complete the next steps in a timely manner.

Our Welcome Aboard events are for deposited students 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

  • Business Office/Financial Aid
  • Marine Operations
  • Commandant’s office (COMCAD)
  • Technology Services
  • Athletics
  • Health Services

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!

3. Schedule your 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 into admission and has no bearing should a student have a conditional acceptance. 

As an international student, you will have to take your accuplacer exam in your home country. Please make the appropriate Arrangements here. All further inquiries should be directed to:   

Uniform measurements will need to be completed in your home county, if you do not attend Welcome Aboard. Please submit the appropriate uniform measurement sheet (Male/ Female) to If you have two last names, also include the preferred last name to be written on your name tag. You can have both, but please be aware that all characters may not fit. 

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. After depositing you will recieve an email with your account login information, 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
  • Sign up for emergency notifications
  • Access Blackboard, the Academy's learning management system
  • Complete your medical history

5. Complete your Medical Forms

All incoming cadets are required to complete and submit the Required Health Forms to Health Services by:

A medical and immunization history must also be completed via the Online Student Health Portal (OSH). Not sure how to do this? Review the Tech Prep information above, then access the Tech Prep page to complete your medical history on OSH.

Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering majors may choose to have a physical examination at Welcome Aboard on May 14. Licensed majors must also view important information about medical conditions and US Coast Guard Licensing.

Note for Student Athletes: Although physicals will be conducted for some students during Welcome Aboard in May, NCAA regulations require all physical examinations to be completed within six months of the start of your sports season.  Please contact the Sports Medicine staff with any questions.

6. Enroll in e-Billing

Electronic bills provide fast and efficient delivery of your tuition bill, do-it-yourself online account management and an easy way to help the environment! As such, we no longer mail paper statements. Not sure how to enroll in e-Billing? Review the Tech Prep information above, then access the Tech Prep page to learn how to access your e-bill and set up authorized users. If your parents/guardians would like to receive any notification of your bills and due dates, you will need to authorize them. 

Bills will be available by the end of May.

7. 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.

8. Complete your Drug Testing

All Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets are required to participate in our United States Coast Guard approved chemical testing program. Alere can assist you in getting the appropriate DOT approved drug test at a location close to your home. Alere may be contacted at 800-964-6233. You are not required to use Alere 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 to Admissions is July 15, 2016. 

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.

9. Complete Student Services Materials

All incoming students are required to complete the following:

  • A Cadet Personal Information Form, which should be emailed to or brought to Welcome Aboard. 
  • The Alcohol e-CheckUpToGo interactive web questionnaire, which allows MMA cadets to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol.  Your individual answers are not reported to anyone at the Academy. The feedback you receive is only intended to help you!  Please answer the questions honestly. The signed Certificate of Completion needs to be emailed to or brought to Welcome Aboard.
  • 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. Access to this program will be emailed to your student email account. Not sure how to access your email account? Review the Tech Prep information above, then access the Tech Prep page to learn how to access your email account.

10. Attend Orientation

All incoming students are required to attend a two-week Orientation, which will begin on Saturday, August 20, 2016 and conclude on Friday, September 2, 2016 with our Marching Competition and Orientation Graduation.  More detailed information regarding Orientation - including a packing list - will be provided during the Welcome Aboard events, posted on this webpage, and emailed to students as it becomes available.

International students should arrive to campus on Thursday, August 18, 2016 for International Student Orientation. This is specifically designed to aid students in the transition to life in the United States and Massachusetts Maritime Academy. During this time we will go over:

  • Regulations for maintaining your visa status.
  • Acclimating to the campus
  • Academy processes and culture

If you need assistance in the following subjects in preparation for your arrival, please click on the links below:

Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadet candidates will be graduating from Orientation 2016 at 1830 on Friday, 02 September 2016. 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 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.

Get READY!!!!