Transferring to Mass.Maritime Academy?

Hello, and thank you for reading. I’m interested in potentially attending Mass. Maritime for Marine Transportation. I currently attend Maine maritime but would enjoy being closer to home and believe i would be paying roughly the same, or less because i’m a resident of Rhode Island. What is the regiment like for first years and beyond? Is it easy to find a place in the area to live off campus? Any other things you think are worth mentioning? Thank you.



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4 thoughts on “Transferring to Mass.Maritime Academy?

  • April 24, 2020 at 10:48 am
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    I didn’t go to any of the maritime schools, but do work shore side in the industry. I will say this, I know a lot of guys who went to Maine that are highly respected upper level managers for both carriers and service providers, but I don’t know a soul from Mass.

    Not trying to slight the education, because I know nothing about either, however the network from Maine is extremely robust.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 10:48 am
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    Are you currently a 4/C? I would say stay here in Maine. I’m from California and I go here too, and I feel you about wanting to be closer to home, especially because of tuition. I would say give it a chance, it might behoove you to just hang on for a little bit. Your first year you’re gonna have a lot of thoughts go through your head, good and bad (sometimes mostly bad). Transferring between maritime academies is not a cake walk. it’s doable, but not easy. It could very well put you behind a semester, or a year, which is not what you want. Mass may (hypothetically) not accept your NautiSci, Fundies, or other classes as STCW transfers. It’s completely up to the school to determine what classes they take for STCWs, even if they’re identical from other academies. I’m not saying they won’t, but that’s something you’d need to keep in mind. Also I think the TSSOM and cadet shipping experiences and networking are worth staying here. It gets much easier after you cruise. You’ll get more into the nav classes and won’t take many of the General Ed classes for the degree. I promise it gets better/easier once you hit cruise.

    Edit: I just saw above about the 2 semesters as a Regimental freshman, just stay here buddy lol

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  • April 24, 2020 at 10:48 am
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    I’m a deckie at Mass Maritime, I’m a junior.

    – Regiment for first years is a bigger part of your life than it will be for the remainder of your time at school. There is the two week long summer orientation (like bootcamp, but not nearly as hardcore as actual bootcamp), and in the day to day lives of freshman there are things like inspections, intramural sports, study hours, cleaning stations, etc. It really doesnt get in the way of much, and since MMA is 100% regimented, you honestly start to bond over it.

    – As a deckie, there will be no options for you to live off campus unless you are significantly older than a normal freshman would be, or you are married.

    Please feel free to message me with any more questions you have, I would love to help out! I love this school, despite all the bullshit.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 10:48 am
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    Thank you all for your input. I think ultimately I’ll stay in Maine, but I owe you all for making my decision a better informed one. I wish current students luck in their studys and as for the industry folk, I appreciate your insight. God bless.

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