Merrimack College
North Andover, MA 01845


Room and board:
Fees, books, misc.:
$1,810 approx.

Currently, 75 percent of all Merrimack students receive scholarships and financial assistance through federal, state, and College funds.

142 full-time
75% hold Ph.D degree

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Merrimack College
North Andover, MA

College Description/Campus Visit
Founded by the Order of St. Augustine in 1947, Merrimack College is recognized as a superior Catholic coeducational institution of higher learning. The 2,100 undergraduates come from more than twenty-nine states and more than thirty-two countries. Merrimack is located in northeastern Massachusetts, 25 miles north of Boston. From campus, it's a 35-minute drive to the city of Boston, ocean beaches, or outlet shopping. Two hours north are the Lakes Region and White Mountains of New Hampshire. Cape Cod is two hours south. New York City is a four-hour drive. The area provides a wealth of interesting historical sites, cultural opportunities, and recreational pursuits Merrimack is a small college of liberal arts and professions; however, it is its size, personalized academic and social environment, and campus location that attract many students. Seventy-five percent of the students reside on campus in the College's residence facilities, town houses, or apartment-style housing.

The College strives to provide continued growth in its academic, professional, and support services. These services include Academic Support Services; the Faculty Advisement Program; a Career Services and Cooperative Education Office, which provides students with career development and job placement; the Counseling and Health Offices; the Campus Ministry Office, which is involved with social-action projects through its Merrimaction Corps; and the Student Activities Office. A writing center, a math resource center, and a science help center offer students additional assistance in academic areas.

Academic Life
Merrimack College awards the B.A. and B.S. degrees through both day and evening programs, as well as the A.A. and A.S. degrees within the Division of Continuing Education. In addition, numerous certificate programs are offered through the Corporate Education Office. Bachelor of Arts degree programs in the liberal arts include communication, digital media/graphic design, economics, English, fine arts, French, history, modern languages, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, self-designed major, sociology, and Spanish. Teacher certification is available for elementary, middle, and secondary education.

Students in the sciences or engineering may attain the Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and mathematics and the Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental science, health science, physics, and sports medicine.

Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in business administration with academic concentrations in accounting, finance, information technology, international business, management and organization studies, management operations, and marketing.

Merrimack College also awards a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in elementary education. The M.Ed. program offers both standard and advanced provisional certification for elementary teachers.

The Division of Continuing Education offers programs leading to either the associate or the bachelor's degree in accounting, computer and information sciences, human services administration, liberal arts, and management. The associate degree only may be earned in engineering science and the ministry. The bachelor's degree only may be earned in electrical engineering.
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It is the mission of Merrimack College to provide students, in a Christian values-sensitive environment, the opportunity to develop a mature intellectual, cultural, social, emotional, and moral awareness. The College seeks to provide sound professional training with a commitment to an integrated liberal arts component in all courses of study.

The Merrimack College academic calendar consists of two 15-week semesters, beginning in early September and mid-January. Summer sessions are also available.

To receive a bachelor's degree, all students must complete forty semester courses with a final quality point average of 2.0 or better. Students usually take five academic courses each semester. All bachelor's degree programs revolve around a fifteen-course liberal arts core curriculum. The remaining semester courses in a student's program, following completion of core, major, and cognate requirements, are open electives. The liberal arts core curriculum consists of courses in religious studies and philosophy, humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics and science.

Merrimack College also offers interdisciplinary courses, study-abroad programs, and internships through the departments of English, history, management, political science, psychology, and sociology. Special academic programs include a double major in the Division of Arts and Sciences; a contract Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, consisting of a special interdepartmental program in two or more fields; and a double-degree program, usually involving five years, through which the student earns two bachelor's degrees (B.A. and B.S.).

Campus Life
The 220-acre campus offers a beautiful New England setting. The College has recently opened new residences. The Rogers Center for the Arts is a 600-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium and art gallery. Most recently, the Sakowich Campus Center opened with new dining areas, study lounges, and resident life and student activities offices. A multipurpose gymnasium, an indoor running track, and weight and aerobic rooms also enhance this center of student life.

The College offers a full calendar of academic, cultural, ecumenical, athletic, and social activities. The Student Government Association sponsors a film series and hosts leading musical artists and prominent lecturers on campus. Students also may participate in the On-Stagers, one of the College's more than fifty cocurricular activities; join a sorority or fraternity; or become involved in the many class-sponsored events. The College also has a student newspaper and a chorus.

Facilities and Resources
The McQuade Library's book collection now stands at more than 130,000 volumes, and more than 900 journals are received, with access to the Noble Database, a source of more than seventy Boston libraries. The library offers a computerized catalog, circulation, and acquisition system. It provides 450 private study carrels, seminar rooms for small classes and group study, and a collection of tapes and records in audio rooms for either private or group listening. The library also houses Alumni Hall, a 200-seat auditorium that is used for film shows and lectures, and an art gallery, in which artwork by faculty members, students, and local artists is displayed. The Information Technology Center, which features a Digital Equipment Corporation VAXcluster, is located in McQuade Library. It accommodates multiple languages, including BASIC-Plus, FORTRAN, COBOL, APL, Pascal, C, Ada, MODULA-2, and LISP. The center is also equipped with microcomputers, Digital Equipment Corporation Gigi graphics terminals, and CRTs. The microcomputers can be used as stand-alone systems or as devices to access the VAX system. A group of twenty-five Macintosh personal computers are available to students for word processing.

The Girard School of Business offers smart classrooms that are completely wired for Internet access; computer labs; and a technology auditorium with videoconferencing capabilities. The Gregor Johann Mendel, O.S.A., Center for Science, Engineering and Technology provides students with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and facilities.

Sports/Varsity Athletics
Athletic programs are offered at both the intercollegiate and intramural levels. As a member of the Hockey East Conference, NCAA, and Northeast Ten Conference, Merrimack has varsity teams in eight sports for men and eight sports for women. The Volpe Physical Education Center has exercise rooms, squash and racquetball courts, a 3,600-seat hockey rink, and a 1,700-seat gymnasium for basketball. Outdoor facilities include athletic fields and eight tennis courts.

Financial Aid/Scholarships
Merrimack College sponsors financial aid through federally and state funded grants, loans, and work-study awards. Merrimack also provides scholarships and campus employment from College operating funds. To be eligible for any scholarship or financial aid program, an applicant must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and PROFILE by February 15. Students who receive scholarships or other financial aid through Merrimack College are notified between March 15 and April 30. Currently, 75 percent of all Merrimack students receive scholarships and financial assistance through federal, state, and College funds.

Admission Requirements/Application
Merrimack College seeks academically prepared students who are eager to improve themselves intellectually and socially within the College community. The Admission Committee considers each applicant on an individual basis and evaluates a candidate's strengths in light of personal accomplishments, motivation, and the academic major selected. The Admission Committee places primary emphasis on the secondary school record (courses selected and rank in class), SAT I or ACT scores, and teacher or guidance counselor recommendations. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to visit the campus for an interview. The Admission Committee does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, sex, religion, or national origin; in fact, the College welcomes diversity among students. Applicants must have earned the following high school units: 4 years of college-preparatory English, 2 years of social studies, 3 years of mathematics (including algebra II), 2 years of science, and 5 electives. Applicants for the sciences or engineering programs, however, are expected to have at least 4 years of mathematics and 3 years of science (including physics for engineering) but need have only 3 electives.

Merrimack offers early action and deferred admission to properly qualified applicants. Merrimack also gives credit and advanced placement for scores of 3 or better on the Advanced Placement examinations sponsored by the College Board in certain academic areas.

Transfer applicants for the fall or spring semester should be in good academic standing at the institution last attended, not be on academic or disciplinary probation at that institution, and have a quality point average of at least 2.5 on the Merrimack College scale.

International applicants must also submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT).

Early-action candidates applying for entrance for the fall term should apply by November 30. Regular-decision candidates should apply by February 15. All applications for the spring term should be made by December 1. Merrimack College adheres to the NACAC deposit deadline of May 1.

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