So for anyone considering Maine Maritime and SUNY who doesn’t live in the Northeast here are my impressions. Maine scared the crap out of me… at first. After talking to some people at orientation and spending two days after orientation traveling around Maine I felt much more at ease. If you need to shop or get things done Augusta, Bangor, and Ellsworth have what you need (in that order, if you stay on campus Ellsworth is the closest). The campus itself is nice and compact getting to your next class should never take more than 8-10 minutes. The dorms didn’t seem bad although I’m well past that age and the on-campus housing was very close to the class buildings.
Not a bad place to spend 4 years if you 1. have a car, 2. love the outdoors, 3. don’t need to be in the middle of a city rush to feel relevant.
I was not at an orientation etc I stopped by on my return home to check out the campus and the Bronx area. First impressions the campus was extremely well kept you would be hard pressed to find a more well-kept campus. The campus itself is about twice the size of MMA (not a good or bad thing just an observation). The area just outside of campus isn’t bad, however, in all my visits to NYC I have never driven “across” the city. The Cross Bronx is absolute hell. Also, in regards to it being under a bridge, the noise is noticeable when directly under the bridge.
Maine is cheaper, the only black belt bjj instructor in Maine seems to run a good gym cost wise much more budget-friendly than 90% of NYC gyms (makes sense space in NYC=money). I have gotten prices from gyms in NYC as high as $250 a month (literally double the cost of the Maine gym).
Finding a place in Maine has been a challenge. Logistically Maine’s roads don’t facilitate “speedy” travel. Everything loops around or twists etc. It takes an hour to go from Castine to Bangor even though Bangor is only 35 miles away (that said its not the Cross Bronx so it wins).
TLDR - If you need to be close to things, don’t have a car or don’t like driving more than 1hr then go to SUNY or somewhere else. If the above doesn’t bother you then I think Maine is a solid place, finding suitable housing as a non-trad depending on your needs however may prove difficult.