Questions and Answers

Yes, MMA is open. In-person classes were suspended as of Monday, November 16 and we transitioned to remote instruction for the final days of the Fall semester. For the Spring semester, we will conduct two weeks of remote instruction starting on Monday, January 11. Remote instruction will conclude on Friday, January 22. The week of January 25 will be a transition week. Faculty, staff, and students will be tested during that time to ensure a safe return to campus for all. While we continue to monitor the health of our community and follow guidance from national and state health officials, until further notice, we are continuing to staff offices on campus while limiting group gatherings and implementing social distancing (6 feet between individuals).
Yes. For this reason, the MMA Fitness Center and Pool are closed until further notice. Please refer to the bookstore website for updated bookstore business hours.
We are offering limited Admissions tours for pre-registered families, but the campus is otherwise closed to visitors at this time. Please visit the Admissions page for more information.
Athletics will implement a phased return to practice and competition, similar to what was implemented in the fall. More information is available at the Marinersports website.

All Spring 2021 classes begin on Monday, January 11 via remote instruction.
Laboratories and other classes that require face-to-face instruction will require adjustments to their schedules. Depending on the duration of the remote instruction period, each instructor will determine how those requirements will be completed. We fully intend to meet all course requirements in the spring term, but the actual situation will depend of the state of the pandemic as we start the semester. Students with questions should contact their instructors for guidance after January 11, 2021.
We’ve compiled several ideas for doing well this semester and for coping with changes in the format of course delivery. Check out this guide. We also know that keeping well organized this semester will be extremely important. Use these academic planners (Transition Planner Spring 2021 (pdf) or Spring Course Planner (docx)) or create your own. So, start with the guide, but reach out if you still have concerns. We suggest you contact instructors directly with specific, course-related concerns, or Joceline Boucher at the Buoy House with concerns that are more general in nature (joceline.boucher@mma.edu, 207-326-2489).
There likely are local internet resources you may have access to, such as your local library, in your new location. Before the start of remote instruction, you should be investigating your options and developing a plan for how you will obtain internet access.

If you have items checked out from the Library and need to keep them past the end of the semester, please contact the library at library@mma.edu to renew them. We would be happy to renew your items until the Spring semester, but we need to hear from you in order to do this.

We’re here to help! If you are working on projects or papers as the semester draws to a close, keep in mind that our resources are available from anywhere at library.mma.edu, and that we are on hand to help you via email, phone, chat or Zoom! Chat hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday for help finding and citing quality sources for assignments in all subject areas.

Most books have been ordered for the spring semester. When books arrive at the store, they are added to the MMA Bookstore website in the course and section for which they were ordered. Please periodically check the website and order your books online. Choose the shipping option to get your books shipped to your home.

If you have been exposed to someone diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus and get sick with fever (100.4 F or higher) or cough, or have trouble breathing, or have lost your sense of taste/smell:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before visiting the Health Center (326-2305), your doctor’s office or an emergency room. Medical staff will ask you questions and properly prepare for your arrival.
  • Tell your health care provider about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

The Health Center is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you need medical assistance after hours, please contact Campus Safety at 326-2479.
In the meantime, please continue to practice general hygiene and build your immunity by washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, getting enough sleep, and avoiding close contact with those who are sick.

Yes, your student insurance remains in place regardless of where you are located. More information is available here.

As can be seen on the Spring/Summer 2021 academic calendar, plans for two training cruises on the TS State of Maine are continuing and we currently envision that we will be able to get all unlimited license program students to sea next summer. Similar planning for cruises on the schooner Bowdoin is also in progress for limited license program students.

There is a plan for giving every student the opportunity to cadet ship next summer. There are no guarantees as available spaces depend on what companies can offer, but if the berths are available everyone will have the opportunity to both cadet ship and complete their needed cruise during summer 2021.

Students preparing to cadet ship should focus on their studies and their class ranking, which determines who gets first opportunity at available billets. They should also monitor their email for communications from Deborah Harman, our Commercial Shipping Coordinator. Students should refrain from 1) contacting companies directly, or 2) asking for special treatment. If you have a personal or family connection with a company, please contact Deborah Harman for instructions.

The plan for co-ops will be developed in early spring in consultation with the host employers. Academy officials will make decisions regarding 2021 co-op placements based on guidance and information provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and host companies.

Students planning to participate should enroll in the summer course appropriate to the student’s major and continue to prepare and meet all course deadlines and pre-requisites, including physicals and all requested documentation.

Please direct questions on the following subjects to these contacts. Also, please note that email is the preferred method of communication. Thank you!

PLEASE NOTE: Please monitor your email for updates as we will continue to provide additional information and updates as needed.