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New Student Orientation - Adventure Awaits

Welcome, Class of 2025!

We are thrilled to welcome you to Maine Maritime Academy and look forward to meeting you in person soon. This year’s New Student Orientation includes both virtual and in-person opportunities for you to connect with your peers, get to know our campus, and ensure that you are ready for a successful semester this fall.

Getting Started

Take a moment to watch each of the four videos for important information on how to register for classes, finalize your financial aid, manage the billing cycle, and selecting a roommate!

Financial Aid

How do I accept my award offer? What’s an MPN? Find out the answers to these questions and more!

Finance & Billing

When will my bill arrive? Can I pay that online? Find out the answers to these questions and more!



Learn about your academic plan and how to register for classes!

Residential Life

How do I register for an in-person NSO session? What’s the process for selecting a roommate? Find out the answers to these questions and more!

In-Person Sessions

Choosing your in-person session is part of your housing application, so be sure to complete that and choose which in-person session you’d like to attend. These sessions are optional, but we do hope you will join us on campus.

Session Dates:

  • Session 1: June 19 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: June 26 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: July 17  | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

NSO staff will be sharing additional information about each session in the coming weeks, so please keep a close eye on your new school email.

Choose Your Adventure

As part of this year’s in-person experience, we are excited to offer an a-la-carte style activities menu for you to choose from and each in-person session will be action-packed!

Castine is particularly beautiful during the summer and so we’re hoping to take advantage of the season to introduce to all the very best of MMA: our vessels, our facilities, and our community.

While here, you will have the opportunity to meet your classmates, participate in group activities, and meet MMA staff and faculty across campus. We will be ready to show you around, help you get oriented to college life, and answer any questions you may have.

‘Choose Your Adventure’ activities information and sign up is available in the Maine Maritime Academy Mobile App.

NSO In-Person Day Schedule

If you have questions about orientation please contact Deidra Davis at 207-326-2138.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tentative Report Dates

Your arrival date on campus will depend on your major.

Visit the Summer / Fall 2021 website for updated information about reporting times and the 2021 Academic Calendar.

If you have questions about when to arrive, please contact Janice Folk at

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.

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.
  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)

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 2025 Facebook Group

Get to know your peers by joining the Class of 2025 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.

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