United States Merchant Marine Academy is ...
NCAA Division III (with football)
Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
United States Merchant Marine Academy Rankings
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.5 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.5 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.5 responses
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.9 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.9 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
United States Merchant Marine Academy Reviews
The United States Merchant Marine Academy is a rigorous school because of the strict regiment environment and fast pace academic trimester system. As freshmen in college or known as a "plebe" in the regiment, they are required to experience a "boot camp" experience called "Indoctrination". The boot camp was my favorite experience because it opened opportunities to act out as a leader and work with the platoon to establish cohesion. We would have to do certain things such as learning the academy's knowledge, cleaning the academy, rifle drilling, and motivating each other during physical training as one unit. The academy is located near New York City and has a beautiful waterfront, where students are given the opportunity to get a hands on experience to work with the ships' engines and work on the bridge. There are also sail boats such as dinghies and other boats to try out sailing. The Merchant Marine Academy also has military options for students, who want to serve active duty, they can apply for military occupation slots similar to the other federal service academies. On the graduation side, the school is provides an abundant amount of opportunities after graduation such as serving in any military branches or choosing to sail as a Merchant Marine under the Department of Transportation. There are two majors, Deck and Engine, and these majors are guaranteed to give students a job because of the technical skills compared to other colleges. I chose to attend this college because of the multiple options and the selection between two majors. This school is very tough and teaches time management, balance with extra-curricular activities, classmate collaboration, and it challenges me to improve, excel, find multiple ways and want to succeed in every class.
USMMA is unique and sometimes challenging because classes are taught at an accelerated pace. Each trimester students take up to 20 credits. Students spend 11 out of 12 months at school with few and short breaks. However, the rigorous academics and schedule students endure are small prices to pay for a valuable degree and multiple well-paying job opportunities in the maritime industry following graduation.
Being a service federal academy you have a lot more responsibilities then other college students do. With a trimester based schedule the academics are very rigorous. Also, the strict regimental lifestyle you have to adhere by. What makes this school more unique than others is the sea year requirement you are required to do sophomore and junior year. There you can grow you technical abilities in the maritime industry with hands on experience . I enjoy playing soccer for the academy. If I had to choose I would more then likely still choose to go here because of all the opportunities it gives you upon graduation.