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Massachusetts Maritime Academy Overview

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a public institution located in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. Buzzards Bay is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Massachusetts Maritime Academy Known For?

398 Undergraduate Awards
$35,896 Avg Cost After Aid
92% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Maritime have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at Maritime.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 59% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Maritime bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $86,600 a year. That's about 112% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average Maritime student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy Rankings

We have ranked Maritime as #94 out of 2,587 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 72 colleges in Massachusetts, it is ranked at #13.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Maritime has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#88 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Maritime.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Natural Resources Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Other Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Systems Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Other Homeland Security Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#141 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#163 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Maritime has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Other Engineering Schools College Factual
#4 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools College Factual
#4 Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools College Factual
#11 Best Engineering Schools College Factual
#145 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#212 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Massachusetts Maritime Academy?


Contact details for Maritime are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 101 Academy Dr, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532-1803
Phone: 508-830-5000

How Do I Get Into Maritime?

You can apply to Maritime online at:

Admission Requirements for Maritime

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Maritime?

92% Acceptance Rate
16% Of Accepted Are Women
93% Submit SAT Scores
Since Maritime has an acceptance rate of 92%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 84% of accepted students are men and 16% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 92%, and the acceptance rate for women is 96%.

Average Test Scores

About 93% of students accepted to Maritime submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 590. Math scores were between 520 and 595.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Massachusetts Maritime Academy  ( 510 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Massachusetts Maritime Academy  ( 520 to 595 )
Maritime received ACT scores from 13% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Massachusetts Maritime Academy  ( 20 to 28 )

Can I Afford Massachusetts Maritime Academy?

$35,896 Net Price
91% Take Out Loans
2.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Maritime is $35,896. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Maritime, approximately 91% of students took out student loans averaging $10,737 a year. That adds up to $42,948 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Maritime is 2.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,494 Full-Time Undergraduates
13% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,538 undergraduate students at Maritime, with 1,494 being full-time and 44 being part-time.


There are also 99 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,494 full-time undergraduates at Maritime, 87% are male and 13% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Massachusetts Maritime Academy students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 19
Black or African American 16
Hispanic or Latino 60
White 1,231
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 165

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. At this time, 21 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 4 countries are represented at Maritime. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Panama, Vietnam, and Germany.

Online Learning at Massachusetts Maritime Academy

609 Took All Classes Online
1,626 Took At Least One Class Online
15,200.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 1,626 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Maritime has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of Maritime

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Massachusetts Maritime Academy was 15,200.0%. This is the #7 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Maritime regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Marine Engineering 83 0 83
Other Homeland Security 55 25 80
Other Engineering 71 0 71
Marine Transportation 67 0 67
International Business 61 0 61
Natural Resources Conservation 41 0 41
Systems Engineering 20 0 20
Business Administration & Management 0 16 16
Engineering-Related Fields 0 14 14
TOTAL 398 55 453


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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