Maine Maritime Admission


Currently a senior in high school and interested in joining Maine Maritime Academy. I saw on the admission page that you needed advanced math which I never took. Do you guys know of anybody getting in even if they didn’t meet one of the requirements?

  • Advanced Math – Trigonometry, Functions/Trigonometry (FST), Precalculus, or Calculus. Statistics is not considered.

Didn’t take any of these in HS?


Correspondence courses from an accredited college or university should count too. Or at least did when I went to a state academy.


LOL, out of all the Maine engineers I have worked with I only know 2 or 3 who were proficient in these subjects AFTER graduating MMA. But they were all for the most part decent enough engineers, many went on to be excellent chiefs on land and ships.


They’re prerequisites for the college courses. If you can’t handle/haven’t seen pre calculus you’re going to struggle with the coursework. I lost a lot of classmates in freshmen level classes (Physics, pre-calculus). No one said anything about knowing them after school.

I only asked him because my senior year HS was Pre-Calc. He only referred to advanced math, maybe not knowing they’re the same.


Nope didn’t take any of those and its too late now .


You could always take them at a community college in person or online and transfer them. A BS is going to require a semester of calculus in order to graduate. You may not use any of this stuff after school but it’s still helpful to know, and you’re going to have an easier time if you go in with that knowledge. I’m a SUNY grad and they accept kids without having even pre-calc, but they waste a lot of time catching up. If Maine is anything similar, take care of it before you go.


A couple of years after KP, I found myself in a casino in Carson City. Exchanging in simple banter with the dealer, he was from the east coast and had heard of KP. He then told me that he had also heard that there was a lot of advanced math as part of the curriculum. I told him that yes, there was. He then asked me how much I used it on a daily basis (I was sailing at that time) in my job. . . I told him to shut up and deal the cards.


Advanced math might not get used in the sense that it’s specifically used to solve practical problems but taking the classes will (should?) change the way you think about problems.

For example the connection between why fiddle-stringing the whip on a yard and and stay is a bad move, solving true/apparent wind and motion and so forth is more apparent after studying vectors in statics, otherwise learning each task by rote the connection is not as obvious.


Of course. I don’t discount the advantages of learning advanced math. It is more about the process and the logic. I just never had to use it to whip my fuel consumption. . . . .


And, I feel, its useful because math can teach you how to teach yourself, or learn how to learn. Its a discipline. Its also empowering to not be intimidated by it: you don’t have to take someone’s word for it on questions of what’s going on here? and how does this work? and is this a scam? Too many people stand in awe of science because they are baffled by math, or feel like they have to judge a politician based only on their gut feeling of his trustworthyness, without evaluating the logic he may or may not be presenting or they come to a circuit diagram and immediately shout for the electrician.