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Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 7, 2014
MMA education recognized as a good investment

Maine Maritime Academy ranked #12 on Money magazine’s new Best Colleges list released in early August, a “new approach to ranking colleges that uses unique measures of educational quality, affordability, and career outcomes to help families find the right school at the right price,” according to a news release from MMA.

In Money’s related highlights lists, Maine Maritime Academy also earned top ratings: #1 in Best Public Colleges and #4 in the 25 Colleges That Add the Most Value (graduates exceed the averages for their peer groups by the widest margin; factors considered included the percentage of students who complete college and how much alumni typically earn).

“As a small public college with many points of differentiation, we consistently strive to convey the value of the high-tech, hands-on education we provide,” said Dr. William J. Brennan, President. “Money’s rankings—taking into consideration quality, affordability and outcomes—help to tell that story, and our student evaluations help as well. This year, when we asked our seniors if they believed the financial commitment for their MMA degree was a good investment, 98 percent said ‘yes.’”

The Best Colleges list is the result of a nine-month research and analysis project reviewing 665 institutions on 17 factors. The list is published online at

Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 18 degree programs in engineering, management, science and transportation. The job placement rate for MMA graduates is in excess of 90 percent within 90 days of graduation. For more information, visit