Maine Maritime Academy’s 35-acre, 17-building campus occupies the tip of a peninsula at the head of majestic Penobscot Bay, close to Acadia National Park, Deer Isle, and other notable Maine attractions.
Settled in 1613 and named for the French nobleman and trader, Baron de St. Castin, Castine is rich in history, natural beauty, and maritime tradition. Castine is a small coastal village of 7.9 square miles, yet it is only 38 miles south of Bangor, the state’s third largest city and the site of an international airport. The year-round population of Castine of roughly 1,300 includes 950 college students attending Maine Maritime Academy. With summer residents, and visitors by land and sea, the population doubles from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Specialized laboratories — including state-of-the-art simulators — bring lessons of the classroom to life. Advanced teaching facilities include research vessels, marine science labs, power plant and navigation simulators, a 1,200 hp diesel engine, a liquid cargo system simulator, wet lab, multi-media lecture halls, and classrooms with wireless access for laptop computing.
There is no substitute for the practical experience students gain in cooperative education programs. Whether at the helm or in the engine room of the Academy’s 500-foot training ship State of Maine, in laboratory or industrial settings, students experience the world of work as part of the MMA program. Each spring the training vessel sails on a two-month cruise to domestic and foreign ports, as first- and third-year students enrolled in unlimited U.S. Coast Guard license programs apply what they have learned on campus. Sophomores are assigned to merchant ships in the Cadet Shipping Program for a minimum of 60 days for engine students and 90 days for deck students. Students in other majors also benefit from summer co-op experiences in Maine and other states, and from science and technical internships aboard research vessels and on land.
The college fleet of nearly 60 vessels also includes the tug Pentagoet used in the only on-campus tug and barge program in the nation. The Capt. Susan J. Clark, a 70-foot, twin screw, crew-boat style vessel serves as the primary navigation training vessel for the Thompson School of Marine Transportation. The vessel is equipped with a complete Furuno navigation package at each student station, including radar, ARPA, electronic chart, electronic compass, and fathometer. The research vessel Friendship, equipped with side-scan sonar, a remotely operated vehicle, and a wide array of modern oceanographic instrumentation, serves the Marine Science program. The schooner Bowdoin, a National Historic Landmark and Maine’s Official Vessel, has taken MMA students on voyages as far north as Labrador and Greenland. Dozens of small sailboats, including Lasers, Mercuries, and 420s, for racing or recreational use, fill the Academy waterfront.
Nutting Memorial Library serves Maine Maritime Academy’s students, faculty and staff and local area residents. Located in Platz Hall, the Library is open nearly 90 hours per week. Its three levels offer a variety of work and study spaces, and students can access the library’s computer lab and study lounge 24 hours a day with their MMA ID cards.
The Harold Alfond Student Center houses dining facilities and dining services offices, conference rooms, classrooms, the Waypoint Snack Bar, the campus post office, a multi-media lecture hall, and the Student Government Association office.
Dismukes Hall houses offices for the Registrar, STCW services, faculty administration assistant, Kennaday Planetarium, faculty offices, classrooms, and laboratories for science, logistics, writing, and mathematics, and the electronic navigation simulator.
Leavitt Hall houses Robert S. Walker Admissions and Financial Aid Center, administrative and faculty offices, information technology offices, College Relations, Delano Auditorium, Conference Office, conference rooms, and guest rooms.
Capt. Quick Alumni Hall contains the career services and cooperative education offices.
ABS Center for Engineering, Science and Research contains classrooms and laboratories, and faculty offices.
Pilot House is the center for the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics and its administration.
Margaret Chase Smith Building houses a gymnasium, locker rooms, and offices for coaches.
Oakey Logan Alexander Physical Education Center contains a field house with basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, a climbing wall, the Cary W. Bok Swimming Pool, racquetball and handball courts, fitness and weight training equipment, the facilities office, and workshops.
Harold Alfond Athletic Complex consists of athletic and recreational facilities, including Ritchie Field with its all-weather in-filled synthetic turf.
The Bath Iron Works Center for Advanced Technology contains a navigation and shiphandling simulator, CAD lab and power plant simulator, small-scale operating steam plant, an electrical power lab, and a multi-media lecture hall for humanities instruction.
Rodgers Hall houses classrooms, the machine shop, and engineering laboratories, as well as classrooms and laboratories serving the Corning School of Ocean Studies.
Andrews Hall features a flow through seawater system and aquaria for biological research, and engineering and marine transportation lab space.
Payson Hall includes classrooms, engineering laboratories, and boat repair and maintenance facilities.
Perkins House contains faculty offices.
The Commons provides apartments for undergraduate students (21 years old and over).
Curtis Residence Hall is the major residential complex on campus and includes a bookstore, Dean of Student Services and Residential Life offices, Commandant’s offices, student health services, counseling services, student lounge and recreational area, and student activities office.
Dirigo House provides offices for the Corning School of Ocean Studies and other faculty.
Abbott House serves as the residence of the president of Maine Maritime Academy.
Wyman House contains Development, Alumni Relations and serves as a venue for hosting alumni and other social functions.
Buoy House is the Center for Student Success, which contains the Writing Center, Accessibility Services/ADA office, quiet testing rooms, and tutoring areas.
Windlass House contains the Campus Safety Office and faculty offices.