Merchant Marine Academy Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Merchant Marine Academy

The United States Merchant Marine Academy or USMMA is one of five undergraduate service academies in the country. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,015 (996 undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 82% Male/18% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $1,050
  • Books: $2,995
  • Other Expenses: $1,000
  • Total Cost: $5,045

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 38%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 16%
    • Loans: 14%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,569
    • Loans: $5,541

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Engineering, Other; Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer; and Systems Engineering

Retention and Graduation

  • First-YearStudent Retention (full-time students): 98%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 16%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 81%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Merchant Marine Academy Admissions

The USMMA is a selective school, with an acceptance rate of 22%. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • USMMA, Merchant Marine Academy Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Test Scores – 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 580/640
    • SAT Math: 610/690
    • SAT Writing: used for placement
    • ACT Cumulative: 27/30
    • ACT English: 24/31
    • ACT Math: 26/29

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for USMMA, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If USMMA is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Cincinnati, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy, Texas Christian University, Hofstra University, Auburn University, Temple University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for USMMA, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Stony Brook University, the University of Texas at Dallas, University of Connecticut, University of California, Irvine, Rochester Institute of Technology, American University, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than USMMA. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Michigan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York University, Boston University, Boston College, Villanova University, Binghamton University

Applying to USMMA

Application Deadline: February 1

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