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Massachusetts Maritime Academy: Narrative Description


101 Academy Dr.
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532-1803
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State-supported, 4-year, coed. Part of Massachusetts Public Higher Education System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and first professional certificates. Founded 1891. Setting: 55-acre small town campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $7.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6317 per student. Total enrollment: 948. Faculty: 70 (59 full-time, 11 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 808 applied, 60% were admitted. Full-time: 895 students, 12% women, 88% men. Part-time: 32 students, 6% women, 94% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 4 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 100% live on campus. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; natural resources/environmental science; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters plus sea term. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c), Naval.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, physical examination, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $1030 full-time, $42 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,510 full-time. Mandatory fees: $3933 full-time, $151 per credit part-time. College room and board: $6157. College room only: $3086.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 15 open to all. Most popular organizations: Club Hockey, water sports, sailing/cruising, Rugby Club, Scuba Club. Major annual events: Emery Rice Day, Homecoming, Winter Sea Cruise. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,000 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Hurley Library with 55,000 books, 253 serials, 200 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $202,218. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Bourne is the second largest town on Cape Cod and has a New England climate. It is located 60 miles from Boston, and bus service and air service from Hyannis are available. The Trading Post, located here, is a replica of the trading post built in 1627. Bourne Scenic Park is a good area for picnics and camping. Boating, fishing, swimming and golf are available for recreation in this resort community.

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