Maine Maritime Academy, as its name implies, is not for every student. But for those interested in engineering and marine science, the school is top-notch, offering a “hands-on” approach that includes lots of practical experience on training ships. About half of the students choose to join the military-style regiments at the school, which require uniforms, standing watch, and other duties.
The training provides a solid career path. The average alum reports earning about $64,000 within five years of graduation, a 16% premium over the average salary reported by grads of schools with a similar emphasis on technical majors.
Maine Maritime is not especially selective; the average student scored in the mid-500s on both the math and critical reading SATs, and the school accepts about two-thirds of applicants. Nor is it very diverse. Only 14% of its students are female; just 3% are not white. The school, located in a quiet town on Maine’s seacoast, fields 11 Division III teams, including a popular sailing club.