Congratulations! You have made the exciting decision to apply to Maine Maritime Academy and we are looking forward to getting to know you throughout the application process.

Your Application

As a first-time freshman student, your application will include:

  • A complete and submit the Common Application, including the $50 application fee
    • Note: MMA is pleased to offer application fee waivers for qualifying students, which means that we will waive the $50 application fee for students with high financial needs. You may request an application fee waiver through your Common Application. Once you submit a request, your guidance counselor will receive an email invitation to endorse it.
  • An official high school transcript
  • A list of the courses you are taking during your senior year
  • Results of either the SAT (MMA Code 3505) or the ACT (MMA Code 1648)
  • A letter of recommendation
    • High school seniors: please submit letter(s) of recommendation from your principal, a guidance counselor, or one of your teachers.
    • Non-traditional applicants: please submit letter(s) of recommendation from recent employer(s) or associates.

We will use this information to make our admission decision and it is critical that we receive each piece by the submission deadline listed on this site.

Once you begin work on your application, you can check its status via MMA’s Application Portal. You will receive login information to access the portal once you submit your application.

Home-Schooled Applicants

At MMA, we welcome applications from students who have been home-schooled for some or all of their education! We recognize that home-schooling experiences vary, so we will work with you on a case-by-case basis.

It will be to your advantage if your home-school curriculum meets or exceeds MMA’s established academic requirements. Supplementing your home-school curriculum with coursework at your local high school and/or community college will give us further evidence of your preparedness for academic success in a traditional college environment.

Please be aware that to be eligible for U.S. Coast Guard licensing and/or federal financial aid, you must have either:

  • A high school diploma issued by state, or
  • A completed GED, or
  • A secondary school education in a homeschool setting that is treated as a homeschool under state law, and a homeschool completion credential

You will also need to provide evidence that you have met one of these qualifications for high school completion.

Academic Portfolio

If you do not participate in a home-school program that issues a transcript, please provide a detailed portfolio of your curriculum. This information will help give the Admissions Committee a full sense of your academic background.

In your curriculum description, please include a list of the subjects that you covered each year, a description of each course of study, and the major texts that were used throughout each course. If possible, we would also like to see a summary report of your grades. If such a report is not available, a narrative assessment of work and growth within each content area is encouraged.

GED Equivalency

The General Educational Development (GED) test is a four-subject high school equivalency test which, when passed, certifies that the taker has American high-school level academic skills. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts.

In Maine, students also have the option of taking the ETS high school equivalency test, known as HiSET™, which covers the same content areas as the current GED and allows test-takers to demonstrate proficiency of the academic skills expected by employers and post-secondary institutions.

International Applicants

Maine Maritime Academy offers a truly unique college experience, and we are excited that you interested in attending our institution!

In addition to your Common Application, you will need to submit several additional documents:

  • An evaluation service report (see below) if your academic transcript is not in English
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if English is not your native language; SAT/ACT scores will be also be accepted to fulfill this requirement

We will use the materials outline above to make our admission decision and it is critical that we receive each piece by the submission deadline listed on this site.

Once you begin work on your application, you can check its status via MMA’s Application Portal. You will receive login information to access the portal once you submit your application.

Transcript Evaluation Services

If you are submitting non-U.S. transcripts, diplomas, certificates, and licenses, they need to be evaluated by an approved evaluation service. The evaluation service will verify international transcripts for authenticity, grade and course equivalencies, and transfer credits.

We recognize members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for international transcript evaluation services.

Application evaluations are available through member websites and there is a fee for this service. The fee varies depending on which service you choose and what type of evaluation you request.

As an international applicant, we request that you request course-by-course breakdown of undergraduate credits, a calculation of credit hours, and a verification of authenticity.

English Proficiency

As an international applicant, and if your native language is not English, we will need receive several additional documents before we begin to review your materials.

If you are not able to provide test RESULTS, documentation showing that you have successfully complemented of an intensive English as a Second Language program may be acceptable.

Financial Support

Before enrolling, you will need to certify that you have access to funding that will cover MMA fees, books, supplies, tuition and living expenses throughout duration of your time at MMA.

Once you are accepted, you will receive a notification from our office with directions as to how to submit your financial support documentation.

Unfortunately, international students are ineligible for any form of federal financial assistance while enrolled. If you would like information about private funding sources for international students, please contact our Financial Aid Office.

MMA Prep

If you are ready to jump in at MMA, we can help. MMA Prep is designed to help ensure that you are able to meet our rigorous academic requirements.

The program is an academic agreement between the Maine Community College System and Maine Maritime Academy that creates a clear pathway to a bachelor’s degree from Maine Maritime Academy if you are interested in studying business, engineering, technology, science, or transportation.

If you live in Maine, MMA Prep is available at any of the state’s seven community colleges.  If you live out of state, or attend another four-year college or university, you can complete necessary coursework before enrolling.

If you are interested in MMA Prep or have additional questions about this unique pathway, please contact our office.