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The State University of New York Maritime College

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The staff- know their stuff well being thatNot so brightEngineering Department
The staff- know their stuff well being that they've actually worked in the industry for years before teaching at the school. They will find time to help you if you're struggling and have the best intentions to aid you in any way possible.

The Regiment- so broken its not even funny. As a MUG (freshman) you have to put up with so much "crap" lets say that either becomes second nature or just make you want to snap. As a ROTC midshipman, you get a "that's nice..but you still have to do everything we tell you to do" type of attitude. For example, I'm taking 23 credits, wake up at 5am 2x a week for rotc pt and 1x for reg pt and still have to sweep the just waxed floors and get told something i already know (which will be repeated by like 4 squad leaders) for roughly 30-45 mins rather than catch up on my studies or sleep. I average roughly 5-6 hours of sleep a night M-TR and sleep ~12hrs on sat and sun.

Essentially this all boils down to: A) you put up with ALOT of bs on a daily basis B) until you're a sophomore, you basically have 0 rights C) the new president of the school is hated by everyone and has changed so much in 1 year its ridiculous nobody on staff has said anything.My advice- CHOOSE WISELY!!! If you can tolerate discipline and wish to have a career in the maritime industry, this is the school for you. If you have trouble doing what you're told, can't wake up at 6:40 every morning or can't take on a heavy course load...for your own sake look somewhere else.

1st Year Male -- Class 2015
Faculty Accessibility: A, Social Life: D
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Of course everyone hates Maritime while you areBusiness - Management and Administration
Of course everyone hates Maritime while you are there. Heck! I hated the place too when I was a cadet. No school will ever match the quality of education and professional experiences. I dont know anywhere else where they let a 18-22 yr old incharge of a 600ft ship and let you navigate your way to a foriegn port. Hell!!,I couldnt believe when i was doing it as my first job and getting paid really well too. Yes, you my go through alot of BS (everyone does) but you learn to love the place after time, I find myself always stopping by the Fort when Im in the nyc area. Ive made alot of friends at this instition, fellow cadets and teachers,and instructors all of which are life long friends. There is a unique bond we all share, not only with alumni but even those who have decided to leave. Yes, the school isnt for everyone! That in which, where else offers a degree, license, and a comission? and on top of that 100% job placement. I have no regrets in going and graduation from maritime, I feel it was one of my best decisions in my life!

I encourage others to follow.loyalty & Valor

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Having graduated from Maritime in the mid 80sEngineering Department
Having graduated from Maritime in the mid 80s I see many common themes from thoses days. At that time we had a new Admiral who was changing the school and enforcing more rules and discipline. No one like change then and I imagine now. The bottom line is Maritime builds leaders and those leaders do exceptionally well in the Marine industry as well as shore side. Although no one like the heavy course load or regiment, the combination of the two plus the summer traing cruises define the graduates. Maritime is a solid school that does transform People who can handle the pressure. Are there better schools? I am sure there are. But my experience is that the school set me for success for the rest of my career. Graduate school was easy in comparison. The lessons I learned there have lasted a life time. The gibberish I read from some of the posts take me back to all my friends who were MT majors tying knots freshman year. I would tell prospective students to go engine and you will never regret the decision.
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