United States Merchant Marine Academy

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point, NY
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost Not Reported
in-state | out-of-state
March 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Very Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


The United States Merchant Marine Academy

The United States Merchant Marine Academy trains individuals for careers as licensed Merchant Marine officers. It's known for providing rigorous education and training. In fact, its bachelor degree has more credit hours than programs in any other federal service academy. Midshipmen (students) who master this demanding curriculum earn three credentials:

- A Bachelor of Science degree

- A United States Coast Guard license

- An officer's commission in the Untied States armed forces

Upon graduation, every graduate has a service obligation that offers more career options than any other federal academy. They can work five years in the US maritime industry and provide eight years of service as an officer in a reserve unit of any branch of the armed forces. They can also choose to complete five years of active duty in any branch of the armed forces.

Bachelor of Science curriculum

Midshipmen complete core courses, courses in their majors, and elective courses as well as a year-long internship at sea. Core courses provide in-depth knowledge in the following academic and professional areas:

- Comparative literature and history

- English

- Leadership and ethics

- Mathematics

- Naval science

- Physical education and ship's medicine

- Science

Major courses of study determine the type of merchant marine licenses midshipmen will receive. They are offered in five areas:

- Logistics and intermodal transportation integrates intermodal management, logistics, and nautical science.

- Marine engineering emphasizes shipboard engineering operations.

- Marine engineering and shipyard management provides a marine engineering core and a focus on managing shipyards and other large engineering efforts. It has accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

- Marine engineering systems, another EAC-ABET-accredited program, focuses on marine engineering design.

- Marine transportation combines maritime business management and nautical science.

Elective courses allow midshipmen to explore their intellectual interests and strengthen professional training. Some majors offer enough electives to create minors or concentrations of study.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the United States Merchant Marine Academy are fully equipped to take advantage of the plentiful career opportunities that await them. They typically build their careers and fulfill the service obligation in three ways:

- At sea as ship officers

- On shore as professionals in the intermodal transportation and maritime field

- In one of the armed forces as active duty offers

Employers are eager to hire them because of their "exemplary character," hands-on experience, leadership and problem-solving skills, professional expertise, and self-discipline. This is why nearly 100% of them secure well-paying jobs within three to six months of graduation.

Students acquire the tools to achieve long-term career success. In fact, a Standard and Poor's report ranked the United States Merchant Marine Academy eighteenth among the top 550 colleges and universities whose alumni include directors of US companies, presidents, and vice presidents (in proportion to total number of graduates).

Financial aid

The federal government covers the cost of tuition, books, room and board, and uniforms. Midshipmen pay for the following services and supplies:

- Academy-approved personal laptop

- Activity fees

- Licensing fees (MMC Document, TWIC Card, and USCG Licensing Exam)

- Personal and transportation expenses

- Personal services (barber shop, self-service laundry, and tailoring)

The academy doesn't offer institutional aid like scholarships. However, all students (no matter their income levels) are eligible for federal financial aid. They can also seek scholarships from private sources.

Student life

The academy's 950 midshipmen lead regimented yet interesting and enjoyable lives. During the academic year, they follow a daily schedule Monday through Friday. It includes meal times, room inspections, classes, athletics, and study time. On Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings they participate in inspections and regimental parades.

They have access to more than 40 registered student organizations that host a variety of events and programs. They can also take on leadership roles like campus activities board member, morale or diversity training officer, or petty officer. Plus, they can participate in 27 varsity and intramural sports including basketball, baseball, cross country, football, lacrosse, swimming, track and field, volleyball, and wresting.

They also have plenty of opportunities to venture off campus to enjoy the culture of New York City and Long Island.

Faculty members

Faculty members are highly skilled teachers, mentors, and scholars. They help create a supportive, stimulating, and rigorous learning environment where students can reach their full potential.

For example, Professor of Humanities Jane Pacht Brickman teaches courses in social and business ethics, philosophy, and American history. Her research interests include gender integration, medical history, and women's history.


The United States Merchant Marine Academy is located in Kings Point, New York in the northeastern region of the United States. It's situated in Long Island's "Gold Coast" neighborhood and provides a stunning view of New York City's skyline.

The academy's campus was designed to take advantage of the beautiful waterfront on Long Island's north shore. A memorial to the Academy's World War II casualties is a focal point. A swimming pool and several buildings including Gibbs Hall with its state-of-the-art engineering and science laboratories and the Yocum Waterfront Center surround the memorial. A lovely interfaith chapel is located south of the memorial.

Location & Contact

300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY 11024-1699

Lt. Cdr. Keith Watson

Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Phone: 516-726-5642
Fax: 516-773-5390
Email: admissions@usmma.edu

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Google Map of 300 Steamboat Road Kings Point, NY 11024-1699 USA

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Systems Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Engineering/Industrial Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering-Related Technologies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Transportation and materials moving
    • Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Transportation Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Transportation and Materials Moving Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


22% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,855
    • Accepted411
    • Acceptance Rate22%
    • Enrolled954
    • Female Applicants340
    • Females Accepted64
    • Female Acceptance Rate18%
    • Male Applicants1,515
    • Males Accepted347
    • Male Acceptance Rate22%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $0
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.60
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen March 1st April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer March 1st April 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,020
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students954
    • Male Student Percentage83%
    • Female Student Percentage17%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino10.06%
    • Black or African American2.62%
    • White or Caucasian74.53%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native1.47%
    • Asian7.65%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.21%
    • Two or more races%
    • Unknown or International Student2.52%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.94% representing 4 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students93% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 100%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Regimental Band, CFC, Neuman Club, Honor Guard
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Crew No Yes No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football No Division 3 No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rifle Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing No Yes No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Crew No Yes No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rifle Yes No No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Sailing No Yes No
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No No No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No No No
    • Volleyball No Division 3 No
    • Water polo No No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling No No No


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty132
    • Full-time Percentage86%
    • Part-time Percentage14%
    • Female Percentage14%
    • Male Percentage86%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio8:1 or 925 students to 113 faculty


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