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New Student Orientation Map Your Journey

Welcome, Class of 2024!

We are thrilled to welcome you to Maine Maritime Academy and look forward to meeting you in person soon. Your student experience will begin with a New Student Orientation kick off during a live Zoom session on May 29th at 7:00 p.m.

Following the kick off, we’ll have a summer full of online opportunities for you “meet” our incredible faculty, dedicated staff, and current students. All NSO updates will be included here so keep an eye on this page for new information as it is added.

Throughout June, July, and August you will be able to participate in Zoom sessions that cover just about every aspect of life at the Academy. There is so much that we want to share with you and we’ll unveil what we have planned during the kick off.

We’re looking forward to helping you discover all that MMA has to offer to help you register for fall classes!

Student Road Map

During New Student Orientation (NSO), you will complete a brief course in MMA’s Learning Management System, Canvas. The course will provide you with important information that you need to know before coming to MMA.

NSO will also help you learn to navigate the MyStudentLife gateway for housing, meal plans, and roommate selections. You will learn to use the MyMMA portal for paying your student bills, completing your health insurance option, and registering for classes. And finally, you will also learn about MMA’s mobile app – an easy tool for registering for classes and so much more!

Canvas NSO Class
My Student Life
MyMMA Student Portal
Family Information
Summer Zoom Meetings

Tentative Report Dates

Your arrival date on campus will depend on your major and/or extracurricular activities.

Regimental new students will arrive for Regimental Preparatory Training (RPT) on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

Non-Regimental, or Independent, new students will arrive for the Independent Experience (IndEx) on Friday, August 28, 2020.

Student-athletes who play a fall sport will begin their journey at MMA at various dates based on their team’s schedule. These dates have not yet been announced but we will share them with you as soon as we are able.

If you have questions about when to arrive, please be in touch!

Regimental Student Resources

Welcome aboard Midshipmen Under Guidance (MUGS)! We are proud to welcome you to Maine Maritime Academy and look forward to getting to know you over the course of your New Student Orientation. If you have questions about the following resources, please contact Anne Kowalski, CWO4, at or 207-326-2250.

Services to Know

The IT department offers a number of services to help you with your technology needs while on campus. To learn more about these resources, please visit

Questions or requests about disability-related access or accommodations can be directed to MMA’s Accessibility Services at 207-326-2489 or

To learn more about MMA’s Dining Services, please visit MyDining at

Class of 2024 Facebook Group

Get to know your peers by joining the Class of 2024 Facebook group! Along with your classmates, there are staff members in the group who can answer questions and help connect you with resources at MMA.

Terms to Know

  • MEO – Marine Engineering Operations
  • MET – Marine Engineering Technology
  • MSE – Marine Systems Engineering
  • PEO – Power Engineering Technology
  • PET – Power Engineering Operations
  • IBL – International Business & Logistics
  • MB – Marine Biology
  • MS -Marine Science
  • MTO – Marine Transportation Operations
  • VOT – Vessel Operations and Technology
  • SVO – Small Vessel Operations

1) The lowest part of a ship’s hull

2) The Curtis Hall recreational space that hosts a kitchen, TVs, Video Game Lounge, Tabletop games, board games and general lounge space

Campus Activities Board consists of a group of students who plan and execute upwards of 100 programs each year.
The formal term for a hat worn by a midshipman.
Desk Assistants have the responsibilities of maintaining and overseeing the Curtis Hall front desk. Desk Assistants are present to ensure the main entrance and communications center for Res Life and Curtis Hall is staffed nearly 24 hours a day.
The American flag on the stern of a ship that one salutes when boarding or unboarding.
A command given, meaning to drop what is being done and stand in formation at the position of attention to be prepared to carry out the next order.
IndEx is short for the Independent Student Experience. The academy hosts IndEx the weekend prior to the start of the Fall semester to better acclimate non-regimental new students to the academy the weekend before classes start. This is a required program and includes final sessions required prior to starting as a student at the Academy. Sessions include Emergency Action Training, 2nd Ship Jump Training, Training with Information and Technology, and a trip to Acadia National Park and Downtown Bar Harbor.
  1. The Main Dining Room located in Alfond Student Center
  2. The dining area on a ship
Midshipmen Training Officer (an undergraduate student who guides new Regimental Students through their transition)
Midshipmen Under Guidance is a term used to describe new members of the Regiment of Midshipmen during RPT and their first several weeks of school, or MUG Month. After RPT, MUGs begin classes while continuing to be guided by their training cadre through MUG Month. The finale of this intense, focused training includes several competitions to demonstrate their new skills the morning before the Regimental Induction Ceremony. MUGs will take the Oath of Midshipmen and become 4th Class, or 4/C, members of the Regiment.
A formal gathering of Midshipmen who are assigned to the same section, class , or company, for the purpose of inspection, accountability, display, or exercise.
A Non-Regimental student does not participate in the Regiment of Midshipmen, or a student who is independent of the Regiment of Midshipmen.

1) The Regiment of Midshipmen allows students to apply for nontraditional student status within the Regiment if they are: 24 years of age or older, married, or a veteran with at least 2 years of military service and an honorable discharge

2) According to the ANTSHE (Association of Nontraditional Students in Higher Education) nontraditional students may have the following characteristics: being independent for financial aid purposes, having one or more dependents, being a single caregiver, not having a traditional high school diploma, delaying postsecondary enrollment, attending school part time, and being employed full time.

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
Orientation Coordinator- A student who works with for the Academy full time all summer to help plan and facilitate New Student Orientation. OC’s fulfill all leadership rolls of OL’s while holding additional responsibilities throughout the summer and orientations. They are friendly faces to new students and work to make their transition to MMA smooth.
Orientation Leaders- Student ambassadors to the incoming class. OL’s are responsible for assisting new students in their transition to college life during summer orientation sessions and throughout the academic year.
Plan of the day for regimental students; an interesting and vital information sheet published daily to disseminate the news of the Academy’s world.
Main point of entry
The Resident Assistant position is one of the most responsible student leadership positions on campus. Charged with the roles of mentor, peer, friend and disciplinary, an RA must be a Jack-of-All-Trades. RAs are highly qualified students who have a passion for higher education and student involvement on campus.
A midshipmen who holds a position within the chain of command.
Regimental Student (a student participating in The Regiment of Midshipmen)
Regimental Preparatory Training; prepares MUGs for regimental life.
Gossip, rumor; also a drinking fountain.
Student Government Association – peer elected individuals that represent the student body. For more information visit the Student Government Association page.
Where patients’ medicines and all-purpose cures are dispensed.
A polite way of asking your name.
Strategic Sealift Officer Program
TSSOM stands for the Training Ship, State of Maine. The TSSOM is owned by the United State Maritime Administration that is operated by the Academy for training purposes. The TSSOM was built in 1990 as a Fast Oceanographic Research Vessel named the USNS Tanner. The ship plays a large role in licensed students education. To learn more about the TSSOM, please visit the fact page here. (
To go to bed.
To get up.
Midshipman officers who are in charge of the regiment and its organization. For full list of positions visit the Midshipman Leadership page.

A critical component to being a leader in any field is being time conscious and having the ability to manage our time effectively. Many of you are familiar measuring time in 12 hour increments, however this can often cause confusion as to AM or PM hours. For matters of convenience and clear communication you will now measure time in 24 hour increments starting at 0000 and going until 2359. All Regimental Events will be posted using the 24 hour format therefore it is critical that midshipman learn and utilize this format if they wish to be successful during their time here.

24 Hour Cycle12 Hour Cycle
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Waypoint Snack Bar (the dining and social recreation area on the bottom floor of the Alfond Student Center)

Ask a Question

Questions about accessibility or requests for accommodations can be directed to MMA’s Accessibility Services at 207-326-2489 or