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United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point , NY


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United States Merchant Marine Academy


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

Address 300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY  11024-1699
United States
Contact Lt. Cdr. Keith L. Watson
Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Phone: 516-726-5642
Fax: 516-773-5390

Majors & Degrees

Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Logistics, Materials, And Supply Chain Management Checkmark
Engineering Associate Bachelors
Naval Architecture And Marine Engineering Checkmark
Systems Engineering Checkmark
Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
Engineering-related Technologies Checkmark
Engineering/industrial Management Checkmark
Transportation And Materials Moving Associate Bachelors
Marine Science/merchant Marine Officer Checkmark
Marine Transportation Related Checkmark
Transportation And Materials Moving Related Checkmark


Acceptance Rate

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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
3 recommendations
Recommended Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen March 1st April 1st
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer March 1st April 1st Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
ACT Composite 27

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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Other Payment Considerations

Tuition payment plans offered Yes

Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 10.06%
Black or African American 2.62%
White or Caucasian 74.53%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1.47%
Asian 7.65%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.21%
Other 2.52%


Male (83.23%)
Female (16.77%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 100%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Homecoming, Parent's/Acceptance Weekend and Graduation/Commencement

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Regimental Band, CFC, Neuman Club and Honor Guard

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Football No Division 3 No
Golf Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Riflery Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing No Checkmark No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
Wrestling No Division 3 No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Crew No Checkmark 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 Checkmark No No
Riflery Checkmark No No
Rugby No No No
Sailing No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No No No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No No No
Volleyball No Division 3 No
Water Polo No No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
Wrestling No No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 113
Part-time - 19
Male - 113
Female - 19