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Rank: 21

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MAwww.maritime.edu
Located on Cape Cod, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy is in an ideal spot for lovers of all things nautical, which -- as the name implies -- describes most of its students. The school's degrees are limited to the maritime industry and include marine engineering, international maritime business and marine environmental protection. MMA is structured like a military academy, and students have the option to earn a Merchant Marine Officer's License and a Naval Officer's Commission while in school. All students -- also called cadets -- are required to complete one "sea term," spending about seven weeks training aboard ship en route to a variety of U.S. and foreign ports. The academy does offer aspects of traditional college life, albeit on a smaller scale: Students can play on one of the 16 Division III sports teams and have their choice of several dozen organizations, including ham radio and Brazilian jujitsu clubs. Recent grads report earning an average of $63,100, about 29% more than graduates of schools with similar student demographics. The solid graduation rate of 76%, as calculated by MONEY, is 13% higher than schools with similar student bodies.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$26,300
% of students who get any grants
55%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,100
Average price for low-income students
$3,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
80%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1050/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,811
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
71%
% of need met
72%
% of students who get merit* grants
7%
Average merit grant
$3,131
student success
Graduation rate
76%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$63,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
61%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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