A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    NG
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    NG
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A+
United States Merchant Marine Academy is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Address
300 Steamboat Rd
Kings Point, NY 11024
Website

United States Merchant Marine Academy Rankings

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Admissions

Acceptance Rate
22%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1190-1250
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$4,701/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,348/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,385/ year
  • $49-75k
    $4,879/ year
  • $76-110k
    $8,988/ year
  • $110k+
    $8,988/ year

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.5 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.5 responses
0%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.5 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
904Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
39%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
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100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.9 responses
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44%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.9 responses
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$89,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
97%
National
83%
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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.
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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.