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Our 35-acre campus is located on a hillside overlooking majestic Penobscot Bay. The picturesque town of Castine, the home of Maine Maritime Academy, is rich in history, culture, natural beauty, and maritime tradition.

Our map and directions will help you plot your trip down the winding road to Castine. The village’s main street has a bakery, bank, bookstore, general store, art galleries and two inns to welcome travelers. The summer season is busy with fairs and festivals, dining and shopping at the waterfront, golf, sailing, kayaking, and other pursuits.

The campus is 40 miles from Bangor, Maine’s third largest city, and close to Acadia National ParkBaxter State Park, the Appalachian Trail, and other attractions. Please see the Castine Area page for resources to plan your visit.

Prospective students: if you’re planning a visit to Maine Maritime Academy, you have several options for when and how you spend your time on campus. Learn more by visiting our admissions department.

For groups interested in hosting events on campus, please visit the Conferences section of this website for information on facilities and dining options.

Tobacco-Free Notice: For the health and wellbeing of our community, the Maine Maritime Academy campus and vessels (ashore and afloat) are smoke- and tobacco-free.

On-Campus Living

Maine Maritime Academy prides itself as a residential campus, with residential facilities serving our undergraduate student population.  All students are required to live on-campus, unless the off-campus housing requirements can be met. Returning student on  campus applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are due by March 13, 2020. New student on campus applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are due by May 1, 2020. All on and off campus housing applications are submitted via MyStudentLife.mma.edu

Not sure what to pack? Check out our “What to Bring and not Bring to Campus” document. Please note: this is a suggested packing list and each student is different. Students who are members of the Regiment of Midshipmen should also review the Regimental packing list for new students and refer to the Regimental Manual for returning students, as items differ depending on class ranking within the Regiment.

Curtis Hall 

Curtis Hall is the largest residential facility of its kind in the state of Maine, Curtis Hall houses up to 667 undergraduate students in any given year.  Most residents live in double or triple rooms and share either semi-private or community bathrooms.  A number of administrative offices and student services can also be found in this building, including Health Services, the Dean of Student Services, the Commandant’s Staff, and the Residential Life & Student Activities staff. Curtis Hall is also the home to the Campus Bookstore, Barbershop, Regimental Wedge office, Alpha Phi Omega Office, the Bilge (Recreation Room), Gaming Lounge, the Clubs and Organizations space, and study lounge.

The Assistant Director of Residential Life and Resident Director for Curtis Hall lives in Curtis Hall. The Assistant Director supervises fourteen Resident Assistants (RAs) who live in Curtis Hall and one Senior Resident Assistant who lives in the Commons. RAs are responsible for building community through programming that enhances the academic experience at the Academy.  RAs also provide supervision of Curtis Hall and the Commons, monitor access to the building, provide incident management, monitor conduct, address safety concerns, assist students as needed and submit maintenance work orders when necessary.

The Commons Apartments

The Commons Apartments consist of one bedroom apartments furnished for double occupancy. The Commons Apartments house up to 38 Undergraduate and Graduate students 21 years of age or older.

The Senior Resident Assistant lives within the facility and is available to help residents with administrative needs as also provide supervision the Commons, monitor access to the building, provide incident management, monitor conduct, address safety concerns, assist students as needed and submit maintenance work orders when necessary.

Off-Campus Living

Every year that a student lives off-campus, an Off Campus Housing Application must be filed online through My Student Life.

Students who meet one of the below criteria may reside off-campus:

  • 21 years of age by August 31st to live off campus during the Fall semester
  • 21 years of age by December 31st to live off campus during the Spring semester
  • Systems major in the program’s fifth year
  • Graduate Student
  • 6 or more semesters of on campus living (not necessarily at MMA)
  • *Non-Traditional student (24 years of age, married, or veteran with at least 2 years of military service and an honorable discharge)
  • Living at home with their immediate family (mother, father, permanent guardian) and their PRIMARY residence meets the following conditions.
    • The student’s home must be within 45 miles, via traveled road (Bangor, Belfast, Ellsworth reference points) from the MMA Campus. MapQuest will be used as the official measurement for the 45 mile maximum distance.
    • When granted for students who are Freshmen, Sophomore or Juniors, this authorization is only in effect as long as the student is living at home (with their immediate family or guardian).
    • No change of status as stated above can be made without prior approval of the Housing Appeals Board or the Dean of Students.
    • Regimental students are expected to meet with their Company Officer to discuss their requirements and to comply with all Regimental requirements such as attending morning formations (colors) or other meetings as deemed appropriate.

*Regimental First Year Students must live on campus unless they meet the Regimental Non-Traditional Requirements. Living off-campus does not exempt a Midshipman from any regimental duties or requirements. It is the responsibility of off-campus Midshipmen to keep themselves informed of any information promulgated within the regimental system such as the Plan of the Day. All training ship residency requirements for ship familiarization and cruise preparations must be satisfied. Off-campus Midshipmen who are on the watch bill, including those Midshipmen assigned as stand-bys, are in a duty status and will remain at their residence when not on watch or attending class. Otherwise they must keep the MCDO informed of their location in the event their recall is required. Off-campus Midshipmen are required to have a working telephone and their telephone number and address on file with the Commandant’s Office.

If you do not meet any of the above criteria, but feel you have a significant reason to reside off-campus, you may appeal to the Residential Housing Appeals Board, which meets once a semester.  For information regarding the Housing Appeals Board, please contact Deidra Davis, Dean of Students.

Please Note:  Students who complete an on-campus housing application and sign and complete a Residential and Housing Contract in the Housing Gateway, and later decide to move off-campus, must notify Residential Life by the appropriate deadline in order to avoid any administrative fees.  Deadlines for cancelling housing assignments are outlined in the Housing Contract that was signed and agreed to in the housing gateway during housing selection.  For more information on housing assignment cancellation, please email housing@mma.edu.

Off-Campus Living Resources

  • MaineHousingSearch.org: Maine’s FREE rental listing service from the Maine State Housing Authority
  • The Rights of Tenants in Maine: Pine Tree Legal Assistance’s Handbook gives you a quick look at Maine’s landlord-tenant laws as of December 2007
  • My Student Life Gateway: Online gateway where students submit housing application, students of concern, complete housing inventories, and register guests.

 

Health & Counseling Services

Student Health and Counseling Services enhance the educational process by:

  • Modifying or removing health-related barriers to learning
  • Promoting optimal wellness
  • Enabling individuals to make informed decisions about health-related concerns
  • Empowering students to be self-directed and well-informed consumers

Health & Counseling Services include:

  • Acute care
  • Referrals
  • Women’s health clinic
  • Preventive care
  • Education
  • Smoke & tobacco cessation
  • Immunization clinics
  • Personal counseling
  • Drug testing
  • Limited pharmacy
  • USCG license physical exams

Due to current health and safety protocols, pre-scheduled appointments are required for all MMA students. We are offering remote counseling only at this time and walk-in appointments are not available.

Before your appointment, please complete these Required Medical Documents.

Hours of Operation

Health Services
Monday – Friday | 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

If you are seeking medical guidance and would like to make an appointment, please contact Tammy Tyler, RN, ASN, Director of Health Services, at (207) 326-2295.

Counseling Services
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday | 8 AM to 4 PM
Wednesday | 12 PM to 8 PM

We are offering remote counseling only at this time and walk-in appointments are not available.

If you have questions regarding MMA’s Counseling Services or would like to make an appointment, please contact Paul Ferreira, MSW, LCSW, Counselor and Prevention Education Coordinator, at (207) 326-2419.  You may email counseling@mma.edu to request to meet with a female counselor.

General Information

  • There is no fee for students visits to the Health or Counseling Center, whether in person or by remote appointment. There may be fees supplies and medications that are provided to the students; charges will be placed directly on the student’s billing account.
  • Where possible, MMA will assist students with transportation for non-emergent medical care and medical appointments if they are unable to arrange transportation for themselves. There is a charge for this service and it will be placed directly on the student’s billing account. Transportation can be arranged with assistance from Health Services or Student Services, or by reaching out to Campus Safety after normal business hours and on weekends.
  • Local ambulance service is available and healthcare providers are located in hospitals in Blue Hill (20 mi.), Ellsworth (30 mi.), and Bangor (40 mi.).
  • The college counselor provides professional personal counseling for students and serves as the Substance Abuse Prevention Education Coordinator. These services are free.

Personnel

  • Tammy Tyler, RN, ASN, Director of Health Services, (207) 326-2295 or ext. 2295.
  • Paul Ferreira, MSW, LCSW, Counselor and Prevention Education Coordinator, provides personal, crisis and substance abuse counseling and education. (207) 326-2419 or ext. 2419. Students who prefer to meet with a female counselor can email counseling@mma.edu, or the Dean of Students, deidra.davis@mma.edu to make this request.
    • Megann Holland, LCPC-C
    • Andrea Tolbert, LCSW, MBA

Immunizations

The Maine State Legislature has enacted a law which requires all degree and full-time non-degree students born after December 31, 1956 to provide proof of immunization or immunity to the following diseases:

  • A tetanus/diphtheria vaccine must have been given within 10 years of enrollment to MMA. You must be re-immunized if your tetanus is out of date.
  • Measles (rubeola), mumps, and rubella must have been given after the student’s first birthday with a live vaccine. If the vaccine was given prior to 1968, you must present laboratory results of your titer tests. A letter from your doctor is not acceptable. If immunization cannot be determined, re-immunization is required.
  • Re-immunization is highly recommended if the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine was given before 1980.

Due to the potential for MMA students having to travel outside the United States for cruises/co-ops, and on the recommendations from the American College Health Association and the Center for Disease Control, Maine Maritime Academy also requires evidence of the following immunizations:

  • 2nd dose measles administered between the ages of 2-4 years or later,
  • Varicella (chickenpox) or history of having had the disease,
  • Hepititis B vaccine (series of 3 doses given at appropriate intervals),
  • Hepititis A vaccine (series of 2 doses given at appropriate intervals),
  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Mantoux test for tuberculosis

To demonstrate adequate immunization against each disease, you must present a certificate of immunization from the physician, nurse, public health official, or school provider who administered the immunization. The proof must specify the immunizing agent and the date it was administered. School health records are usually accepted to meet these requirements. Students may be exempt from the immunization requirement for one of the following reasons:

  • A physician’s statement declaring that vaccination is medically inadvisable

Any student exempt from compliance will be required to leave MMA if there is one or more incubation periods/outbreaks of any disease on campus. Also, be aware that a student may be denied to cruise/co-op if, in view of the attending medical professional, the student does not meet the immunization requirements or recommendations.

NOTE: Be advised that some companies providing cadet shipping/co-ops billets may require additional immunizations and/or benzene tests.

Questions concerning immunizations should be directed to MMA’s Director of Health Services at (207)326-2295.

Drug Testing

All students at Maine Maritime Academy, regardless of major, are required to participate in a random urinalysis program during their enrollment. All students who act as part of the crew of any MMA vessel, transport students in MMA vehicles, and/or pursue MMA co-ops or cadet shipping must participate in the random and pre-employment drug testing program.

Maine Maritime Academy complies with Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations 16.230 mandating periodic, random, pre-employment, post-incident, and reasonable cause drug testing for all students and employees whose positions require this testing. All students and employees who act as part of the crew of any Academy vessel, both documented and undocumented, and in addition, when transporting students in Academy vehicles shall be subject to this policy. Federal law requires periodic or random drug testing of students prior to training cruises, cadet shipping, or taking of a U.S. Coast Guard physical examination. All students who are enrolled in a curriculum leading to a U.S. Coast Guard license are automatically subject to random drug testing without notice. Additionally, since drug testing and “zero-tolerance” drug policies have become standard in the industries in which most of our students will be working, as co-op students and as employees, it is the Academy’s policy that any student pursuing an Academy Cooperative Education Experience (co-op) must participate in the random and pre-employment drug testing program.

Additionally, any students who are in a disciplinary status for any violation of our drug or drug testing policies may be subject to increased random drug testing.

  • Marine Engineering Operations
  • Marine Engineering Technology
  • Marine Systems Engineering – Design/License program
  • Marine Transportation Operations
  • Small Vessel Operations

 

Suicide PreventionWebMD  Poison Control

Accessibility Services

Information for Students and Prospective Students Seeking Accommodation for a Disability

Accessibility Services assists students in securing need-based accommodations consistent with their disabilities. In accord with all federal and state regulations, Maine Maritime Academy is committed to providing students with the support and access needed to achieve one’s academic potential. Common accommodations for qualified students include, but are not limited to, extra time on tests, use of MMA’s testing center, copies of student notes, assistive technology, and alternative-format textbooks. Our office also coordinates dietary accommodations for students with Maine Maritime Academy’s Sodexo Dining Services. Accessibility Services also coordinates academic support services for all students, such as peer- and faculty-led tutoring and writing help.

Requesting Accommodations

A brochure, Requesting and Using Accommodations for Disability in College, outlines the Academy’s request procedure and answers some frequently asked questions.

Students may request accommodations for disabilities at any time. They then must meet with the Accessibility Services director, complete an Accommodation Request Form, and document their disabilities. Items such as a recent 504 plan, individualized education program, summary of performance, neuropsychological report, or letter from a medical professional usually provide adequate documentation.  Once Accessibility Services approves a request, the student receives an accommodation letter. Students renew their letters each semester.

Students with special dietary needs should complete a Dietary Accommodation Request Form and read the general information on the front of the form. Maine Maritime Academy’s Sodexo Dining Services routinely assists with many dietary needs, such as gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and nut-free diets, such that a formal dietary accommodation plan may not be necessary.

A student enrolled in an online course or program may be entitled to accommodations for a disability. Please refer to the Academy’s Accommodation Policy for eligibility. The policy applies to all Maine Maritime Academy students, both on campus and online. The Accessibility Services director will waive the in-person meeting for students taking online courses or programs and for whom travel would be difficult. In these cases, the student will need to meet electronically (telephone, email, or video conference) in addition to submitting all required documentation.

Using Accommodations in College

All Maine Maritime Academy students must meet the same academic standards. Accommodations make reasonable adjustments to the instructional process, but they cannot alter the essential content of a college course or program. Students notify their instructors of approved accommodations. Though an instructor must provide an accommodation once asked, accommodations do not apply retroactively. Visit this link for more information on using accommodations successfully.

Student Records

Upon written request, students, alumni, and former students are authorized access to records of their attendance, performance, and scholastic achievement. This policy is in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended. The regulations are available to interested persons upon request and, as an official part of the Academy’s rules and regulations, are disseminated to all students. Any individual, who believes his /her rights under this act have been infringed upon, may appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the President of Maine Maritime Academy, or directly to the Secretary of Education, Washington, D.C.

Student transcripts are issued by the Registrar upon written request. A nominal fee is charged for this service. The Registrar can be reached by phone at (207) 326-2441.Persons with outstanding financial obligations may not be furnished with official copies of Academy records until these obligations are met. Unless specifically requested in writing not to do so, the Academy reserves the right to publish directory information as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Such information, relating to student activities at Maine Maritime, includes a student’s name, address, date and place of birth, participation in athletics and other student activities, degrees, awards, and other similar information.

Welcome to Career Services

Career Services works with students throughout their college experience to develop the skills, ethics and knowledge necessary to succeed in the global economy.

Building a Network of Opportunity

Through events and one-on-one conversations, we can support your professional goals. Visit us in Quick Hall or call our office for more information on the following Career Services resources.

Career Center

Through MMA’s online Career Center portal, students and alumni can find employment resources including résumé advice, job search tips, and career-related events.

Employers can connect with students by posting jobs, arranging on-campus recruiting visits, and signing up for career fairs.

Virtual Career Fair January 25 - 30

Note: Due to COVID-19 related safety precautions, we did not host our traditional Career Fair this fall. Instead, we are pleased to announce that MMA’s first-ever virtual Career Fair will be held during the last week of January 2021. It will run for six days to accommodate all schedules. For more information, please contact us via email at career@mma.edu. Additional details will be released in the new year!

Students
Alumni
Employers

Career Services works directly with students, faculty, and industry leaders to coordinate field experiences that support the undergraduate curriculum, contribute to personal growth and professional competency, and serve our partners in industry.

Employers are encouraged to contact our office to learn more about hosting students in field experience positions.

Note: Due to COVID-19 related safety precautions, we will not be hosting our annual Career Fair this fall. While we share your disappointment at the news of this cancellation, we are committed to providing our services to all MMA students and will be hosting single-company virtual career fairs throughout the semester. Please keep an eye on the campus calendar for upcoming visits, and visit us in Quick Hall anytime for help with your resume and personalized career planning.There are two career fairs each year held in October and March respectively. These events attract companies and alumni from across the country who are eager to discuss employment and field experience opportunities with our students.

In 2018, Maine Maritime welcomed representatives from over 90 companies, including ConocoPhillips, General Dynamics, NextEra Energy, PepsiCo, and The Jackson Laboratory.

More information for students on the MMA mobile app and in the Career Center portal. Information for employers can be found in the Career Center portal.

Many companies schedule on campus recruiting visits to deliver informational presentations and conduct interviews of students interested in full-time employment and/or field experiences. On campus company visit schedule can be found on the MMA mobile app and online at careercenter.mma.edu.

Employers can schedule a visit by registering through the Career Center portal.

Career Services works with students and alumni offering guest speakers and workshops to help them create a dynamic résumé, develop professional etiquette, fine-tune interview and business networking skills, and learn to use social media responsibly.

As students progress through their college experience, they will interact with our office through their field experience coordination, cadet shipping program, company visits, career fair, and careercenter.mma.edu.

Career Outcomes

MMA graduates are committed to their industry, know the value of hard work, and understand what it means to be professional. The job placement rate for MMA graduates regularly exceeds 90% within 90 days of graduation and MMA alumni are recognized around the world for excellence in leadership and integrity.

Industry Employers

Many companies employ graduates from MMA, including:

  • American Bureau of Shipping
  • Boeing
  • Chevron Corporation
  • ConocoPhillips
  • ExxonMobil
  • General Dynamics
  • Kiewit Corporation
  • Military Sealift Command
  • Moran Towing
  • PepsiCo
  • Siemens
  • Tesla, Inc.
  • The Jackson Laboratory
  • Transocean
  • U.S. Navy

 

We extend an open invitation to all students and alumni to visit us in Captain Quick Hall. We look forward to working with you!