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Oct 7, 2020 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Ranks Highly on Value

Annual college rankings are important tools for students and families to turn to when evaluating institutions of higher learning. The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) stands out from the competition in a number of categories, especially when it comes to value.

In MONEY Magazine’s annual evaluation of more than 700 four-year colleges and universities, MMA placed fifth on the list of Best Small Colleges in the U.S. The magazine discusses the advantages that small colleges offer students, including smaller class sizes, the ability to cater to different learning styles and a stronger sense of community.

"The Massachusetts Maritime Academy provides students a top-notch education coupled with outstanding opportunities for work-related experience that prepare graduates for rewarding careers on land and at sea."

said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Our size is one of our strengths and allows us to deliver great value to our cadets.”

MMA ranked highly on a number of lists when it comes to value of a four-year education. In CNBC’sTop US Colleges That Pay Off the Most survey, MMA ranked sixth in the Top 25 Public Universities category. In MONEY Magazine’s survey, MMA placed 36th among the Best Colleges in America Ranked by Value. In U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 survey, MMA landed in sixth place for Best Value Schools (Regional Colleges North).

As a public university, MMA provides an affordable education, which is a key factor for many students. MMA stood out on MONEY Magazine’s rankings that recognize the importance of affordability in a high-quality educational experience. In the magazine’s 2020 survey, MMA ranked eighth in Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into, 14th in Most Transformative Colleges and 24th in Best Public Colleges. In addition, U.S. News & World Report’s survey of Regional Colleges North placed MMA in fourth place among Top Public Schools, fifth place for Best Regional Colleges and 43rd place for Top Performers on Social Mobility.

MMA’s engineering programs also landed the Academy on two national lists. MMA placed 33rd on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs and 43rd on MONEY Magazine’s 2020 list of Best Colleges for Engineering Majors.

“It’s rewarding to be recognized by these prestigious media outlets, but our best success stories come from our graduates,” McDonald said. “Training business leaders, ship captains, engineers and professional officers is what the Massachusetts Maritime Academy excels at. It’s an honor to see our cadets truly making a difference in the public and private sector organizations upon graduation and for many years beyond their time here.”

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation’s finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy has implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 fall return plan to include campus de-densification and is committed to four main priorities during these challenging times. These priorities are: To keep our cadets, faculty and staff – and by extension, their families – safe; To keep the Academy from becoming a mass-transmission center; To find a path to get our 1/C cadets (seniors) to degree completion in time for Commencement; and To minimize the academic disruption for the 2/C, 3/C and 4/C cadets (underclass students). The full COVID-19 plan can be found at: