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12. Maine Maritime Academy

Location: Castine, ME
Value Grade/Ranking Score: A-/3.96
Enrollment: 979
Net Price of Degree: $104,958
Acceptance Rate: 66%
Average H.S. GPA: 2.9
Avg. Annual Salary Within 5 Yrs: $64,100
Maine Maritime Academy
courtesy of Maine Maritime Academy

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.

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