MMA enrollment spike due to reputation, economy

Posted July 12, 2009, at 6:28 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:04 p.m.

CASTINE, Maine — Maine Maritime Academy’s president last week attributed the school’s expected spike in enrollment this fall to the college’s growing academic reputation and its high career placement record despite a weak national economy.

MMA President Leonard Tyler last week announced in a press release that the college would start the year with the largest undergraduate student enrollment in the college’s 68-year history.

Based on the June admissions report, college officials anticipate an incoming class of approximately 290 students, and overall student enrollment is likely to exceed 900, approximately 100 students more than the college’s average enrollment goal set by the MMA board of trustees.

“Even in economically depressed times, when families may be concerned about their ability to commit to the college process, we’re seeing a higher than normal yield,” Tyler said. “It’s tremendous to be doing this well in these times and speaks volumes about the strength of Maine Maritime Academy’s academic programs and career opportunities for our graduates.”

Tyler acknowledged that the gain for the college would have an impact on the community. “We have considered and will continue to look for ways to lessen any effects of this increase in students,” he said.

Citing parking as one of his highest priorities, he said emphasis would be placed on further enforcement of the college’s long-standing policy prohibiting first-year students from having a car on campus. MMA provides parking for first-year students at an off-campus parking lot in Penobscot.

“We are exploring options to expand the satellite parking in Penobscot and continue to offer shuttle service on weekends to students who wish to park there,” Tyler added.

Tyler acknowledged the potential strain on local utilities, saying, “We have instituted a number of water conservation measures on campus, including low water usage toilets and shower heads. We trust that any increased water and sewer usage by our off-campus population will be offset by municipal service fees.”

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