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.
Orientation - What to Bring
What-to-Bring List/General Cadet Candidate Information
1. Athletic shoes: All Cadet Candidates must arrive wearing a pair of sneakers. Sneakers should be all or mostly white and reasonably broken in. Do not bring new sneakers that have not been broken in. Your sneakers will be worn a lot from day one.
2. Bathing suits: Males must bring plain mostly navy or black bathing swim shorts. Females must bring a mostly navy or black one-piece bathing suit.
3. Batteries: 6 AA & AAA batteries
4. Bedding: One dark, solid colored blanket is required. Sheets and pillow cases will be provided in your sea bag. Bring one standard sized pillow.
5. Cars: Freshmen will be allowed to have a car on campus during Orientation only.
6. Combination lock: Once combination lock (memorize the combination before arriving)
7. Fans: Small desktop fans are allowed; do not bring window size fans.
8. Grooming standards (female): Hair must be a natural color and will be worn in a bun. Hair shall not interfere with the proper military covers (hats). Ensure you bring the required items to hold your hair back/up and keep it in place. Bobby pins and gel/hairspray are highly recommended. Bobby pins and hair ties mush match hair color.
9. Grooming standards/haircuts (male): Report with a clean cut using barber's blade number 1 (1/8"). No facial hair or sideburns.
10. Jewelry: No jewelry of any type will be worn, including nose/body piercings. This includes watches, however they are permitted and recommended after Orientation. Makeup is also prohibited.
11. Ironing Board/Iron: A regular size ironing board and iron is not required for Orientation, but will be required for the semester. Plan with your roommate while you attend Orientation.
12. Mail: Mail is not allowed during Orientation, but is accepted afterwards. If something of urgent nature needs to be sent (i.e., glasses, contact lenses, meds, etc.) contact LCDR Ed Pinero at 508-830-5000 x1415, firstname.lastname@example.org or LT Rory Deegan at 508-830-5000 x1004, email@example.com.
13. Medical: Corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses. Be sure to bring an extra pair. If contact lenses are worn, bring a spare set and/or pair of glasses. Prescription medications: Be sure that you have a current, valid prescription for medicines. This is particularly important for ADD/ADHD medicines or any controlled substances that show up during a drug test. Bring a small lock box for ADD/ADHD medicine. Epi-pens if prescribed for anaphylaxis associated with an allergy. Bring a back-up Epri-pen. Carry your Epi-pen in your waist pack during Orientation. Bring over the counter medicines that you use routinely. This includes allergy medicine, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, decongestants, cortisone cream, antibiotic ointments, bandages. Full disclosure of your medical history or current medical condition is expected with our medical staff. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from Orientation.
14. Money: Cadet Candidates do not need to bring any money for Orientation. In the instance when a Cadet Candidate might need money to pay for emergency prescriptions or hospital/doctor visits during Orientation, money will be provided to the Cadet Candidate and then subsequently billed.
15. Passports: If you do not have a passport or need to renew your passport, please apply for one now. Current processing times are significantly delayed due to COVID-19.
Information about obtaining or renewal passports and updates regarding processing times, please visit the U.S. Department of State website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html.
Any incoming cadets that already have a passport, please check your expiration date. If your passport is going to expire within six (6) months of January 2021, please renew your passport. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Licensed track majors will be required to participate in the Annual Sea Term, which always includes foreign ports requiring passports as does most of the Experiential Learning opportunities for non-licensed majors.
You DO NOT need to bring your passport to Orientation. However, please bring two (2) color copies of the bio section of your passport to give to your squad leader. If you have questions regarding passports or any travel requirements outside of the United States, please contact the Office of Intercultural Engagement at Intercultural@maritime.edu.
16. Personal laptops: You must bring your laptop to Orientation. You will be attending virtual presentations from your dorm room on occasion. Information regarding specifications needed can be found on the website under Student Services > Technology Services > Laptop Specs. This is new and for this year's orientation program only.
17. Robe (optional but recommended): If using a robe, it must be black, navy, or white. This will only be used to go to/from the shower.
18. Shoe/Metal polish: Leather shoes are polished to regimental standards. Cadet Candidates will report with a tin of black shoe polish, a rag (old cotton t-shirt), and a shoe brush. In addition, a can of Brasso is required to shine your belt buckle.
19. Shower shoes: Flip-flop style or waterproof sandals are required.
20. Socks: 12 pairs of white "mid-calf" athletic socks and 6 pairs of black dress socks without logos.
21. Supplies: 1 pocket notebook, 2 black sharpies, 2 silver sharpies, 1 pack of 3x5 lined index cards, and 3 black ink pens.
22. Sweatshirt: Solid gray or navy crewneck sweatshirt (no logos other than MMA). Hoodies are not approved.
23. Tobacco products: The entire campus is 100% smoke, tobacco, and nicotine free. All tobacco and nicotine products (i.e. cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, dip, e-cigarettes, "Juuls", vape pens, etc.) are strictly prohibited.
24 Toiletries: Bring your own personal toiletries. Be sure to include sunscreen (SPF 30 or more) and personal size hand sanitizer for your waist pack. Please arrive with at least three good quality cloth masks and a supply of surgical procedure-type masks. Cloth masks can and should be washed after each use. Hair dryers, clippers and electric razors are not authorized during Orientation.
25. Towels: 3 white regular size bath towels.
26. Undergarments: One-week supply, at minimum, of underwear. This should include 3 pair of white underwear for your inspection drawer and white, crew neck t-shirts for every day. It is not uncommon to use two pairs per day. *Try to stay away from 100% cotton items that retain moisture. Fabrics that wick moisture are highly recommended to avoid rashes and chaffing. Compression shorts are allowed as long as they are shorter than PT gear shorts so as not to be visible. These do not need to be white.
27. Additional suggested items: Lint brush, talcum powder, anti-chafing lubricant, extra pens and pencils, notebook.
28. Personal PT gear: Because there will be no laundry service, bring three pairs of navy blue gym shorts and two solid navy blue t-shirts.
Laundry will not be washed during the Orientation period. Laundry bags are issued as part of the Sea Bag.
If you are traveling from out of state or internationally and this is your only opportunity to bring your gear for both Orientation and the academic year; then you may bring everything to Orientation but it must be separated. Supplies other than items that will be needed during Orientation will be stored and secured for the 1-week period. Please separate the items that you need for Orientation in one bag and the items for the academic year in another bag. Use a sharpie to clearly print your full name where it is easy to see the bag(s). When you arrive on campus, ask your Squad Leader to assist you with "Orientation Storage."
Please note - TV's, radios, clock-radios, or similar electronic devices are not allowed during freshman year. Cellphones are permitted after Orientation Graduation.