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United States Merchant Marine Academy: Narrative Description


300 Steamboat Rd.
Kings Point, NY 11024-1699
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Federally supported, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1943. Setting: 82-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Total enrollment: 1,007. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 1,797 applied, 16% were admitted. 26% from top 10% of their high school class, 64% from top quarter, 96% from top half. 17 class presidents, 7 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,007 students, 14% women, 86% men. Students come from 49 states and territories, 3 other countries, 86% from out-of-state, 0% 25 or older, 100% live on campus, 0% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: trimesters. Honors program, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early decision. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous until 4/1, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 45 open to all. Most popular organization: Regimental Band. Major annual events: homecoming, parent's weekend, Graduation/Commencement. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 1,007 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Schuyler Otis Bland Memorial Library with 185,000 books, 15,269 microform titles, 950 serials, 3,389 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 1,200 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.

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