Location: North Andover, MA
Percent Women: 48%
Tuition (one year): $35,085
Most Popular Majors: Health Sciences, Business, Education, Communications, Criminology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 88% (2010)
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Merrimack’s website at www.merrimack.edu/admissions/.
Why Choose Merrimack?
“I applied to Merrimack College because it was the size, environment, and distance away from home that I wanted. I loved the campus and the environment when I toured it on Accepted Students Day.”
“I love the small and tight knit community, which was exactly what I was looking for in a college. It is just big enough that you can meet different people every day but it is small enough that most people know each other.”
“Merrimack is an awesome all around school! The size of the school allows for easy communication lines between students, faculty, and professors. The sports teams are out of this world, every game is a fun time!”
“I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the campus. When I visited everyone was so friendly and said hello!”
“I found this school in a Northeastern College book. I knew I wanted to stay in the local area, and found this school as being close to home, but far enough that I could dorm. When I visited I loved the community feel that the school brought and how friendly all the students seemed to be. Overall, I could not be happier with my decision.”
“Getting involved in campus activities made me fully fall in love with Merrimack. We have campus events like spring concerts in the MPR and welcome weeks that are traditional and fun all at the same time!”
“The hockey games are my favorite thing to attend, the atmosphere in the rink at the games is wicked awesome! I love how easy it is to make friends at Merrimack everyone is so nice.”
“My favorite feature of my school is the Career Center because they really focus on helping you succeed as you are leaving college and entering the real business world. I love that my school really focuses on helping students succeed and preparing you for the real world. My favorite thing to do at Merrimack is attend hockey games because the student section is very lively and it's really fun.”
“My favorite part of school is the community feel that is given, along with the opportunity to get involved on campus. There are so many opportunities that are given to the students to get involved including clubs, sports, and church activities. I love being able to know students as I walk by them and being able to say hi.”
“The fitness center expanded and has brand new equipment and great classes to try out such as yoga, zumba, and cross fit!”
“The school needs to expand on res life for the students. Some of the res halls need to be updated also.”
“The only thing I can think of is there is no designated area for commuters. As a commuter, I wish there was a room that was provided to do homework or just get to know other commuters.”
“Sparky’s (the cafe) is not somewhere food lovers would like to eat every night. I'm not saying the food is bed, but its nothing compared to a home cooked meal.”
“The food is not always the best. It is hard to eat healthy here. That's basically it though! I guess there aren't as many fun activities to attend just for fun, or if they could be fun it's boring because no one really participates!”
“What I don't like about school is that there are not many things to do off campus other than taking the train into Boston. If you don't have a car than it is hard to get off of campus.”
“The food could definitely use some improvements and the older dorms some renovations, but everything else is pretty spectacular.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“I am a sophomore at Merrimack. I transferred from a different school and started in the Fall 2013. I enjoyed being able to go to a transfer orientation and meet other transfers. The freshmen and transfers had the opportunity to go on a day trip before classes started. I took full advantage of this and met some wonderful people! Classes gave me the opportunity to meet new people in my grade as well as other grades.”
“The first year at school is scary from the start, but going into any college is scary. Making new friends is tough, but everyone is so willing and eager to meet new people that you aren't lonely for long. There is not separate first year housing, but they tend to keep the freshmen in the same area. Orientation entails a lot of embarrassing games, and awkward conversations, but the overall experience is good. The school does not offer any pre-orientation trips, but they do offer a trip to first-year students at the end of orientation to the aquarium, amusement park, or the museum. First-years mostly stick together, but meeting upperclassmen is easy for everyone is so friendly.”
“There is separate housing for the freshmen. They are closer to the academic buildings and sports complex. Even though the freshmen are kind of in their own little area, it is still very easy to meet upperclassmen from either class or from a club.”
“There are dorms that are mostly freshman that makes for a more comfortable living experience. Orientation involves an overnight stay during the summer and a weekend of activities during the fall before classes begin. There was an orientation trip to either six flag, the Aquarium, or the Museum of Science during orientation weekend. Freshman usual sticks together unless you are in classes or on an athletic team with upperclassman.”
“Being a first year student is fun, but you have to learn the ropes a bit, like time management skills.”
All About Academics
“The workload is average. There is a lot of reading for most classes but time management is key to have time to work and also have time to do other activities such as clubs or going to sporting events.”
“The most popular majors here are sports management and athletic training. The school is very sporty, so a lot of the athletes take these majors.”
“Your classes are what you make of them, using rate my professor is one of the best tools for picking classes. It tells you all about the teachers so you can customize your work load and subject selections to how you would like. As long as you use RateMyProfessor.com you will never have a problem picking the correct teacher and class. Merrimack has wonderful resources for student who need them, in any subject of study.”
“I think the most popular majors on campus is some sort of business and our sport medicine major is getting popular now. It depends on what major you are for considering the amount of workload. From a sport med major, there's a lot of work between classes, labs and clinical hours. My four years are already set up for me, so it is very easy to get into the classes I need. I think a lot of the students like the library but when finals come its really hard to find a seat in there.”
“Business and Sports Management type majors are major here. The workload really depends on the teacher, but it's what you can handle. I am sure I have to write a thesis for being an Education major, but have not heard anything since I'm only a freshman. We set up advising times based on numbering of students. Freshman get last pick in classes, but meetings are very helpful due to advisors informing us our school's requirements are better to sign up your Freshman year and possibly mixed in with your Sophomore schedule too. I have not had issues with getting into the classes I need or wish to get into. I study in my room when it's quiet, if not in the quiet rooms in my building - which people do too. Or you can find students all around the library. It really depends who you are as a worker and where you like to study! Some classes are harder than others to fulfill, but I am almost done with general requirements after this year (Freshman year). I think I only have to take a language and I've fulfilled my requirements!”
“Merrimack is known for being a good business school. The workload isn't bad, it's definitely more than high school but that's to be expected. To pick your classes and/or majors, you meet with your advisers who help you plan your future and what you want to do. Course registration is kind of stressful because you can't always get into the classes you want to, especially if you have a late registration time. Most of the people I know spend a decent amount of time in the library, but also in the study and common rooms in the dorms.”
Learn From The Best
“I love all of my professors that I have had so far! I learned so much from every one of them. The professors are so nice and willing to help us with class work outside the classroom. They always answered their emails and pointed me in the right direction when I was stuck.”
“The best professors, in my opinion, are the communication teachers. They are very friendly and chill, making it easy to get along with them. The classes are informative and a lot of fun to go to. People do go to office hours, but not constantly.”
“I think people have different favorite professors from each major. The classes here are small compared to bigger schools. One of my favorite classes here has to be photography because I could literally do anything for my portfolio. I think more of the science majors go in for office hours because us its a lot of work and some times is hard to complete a lab report without a professors help.”
“My favorite professors have been for both Sociology and Marketing; they are able to teach a lot while making for a fun learning environment. People go to office hours often because the professors are so easily accessible.”
“I love Professor Hsu! She is my Child & Adolescent Development teacher who is so fun loving and young too! She is one to take notes, but relate it to the real world to make facts actually interesting. We're able to interact and participate in different activities through lectures in fun activities so we know we understand the new given information. I do not know of any unique talents or fun traditions.”
“My favorite professor was my engineering professor my first semester, Professor Bowhers. Most of the professors are really nice and will help you with anything you need, from help on homework to extensions on any assignments, as long as you talk to them about it. Office hours are important too because it shows the professors you're trying to learn the material and most professors will be impressed if you go to office hours.”
Interests & Involvement
“Yes a lot of people participate in extracurricular and clubs. We have an involvement fair during the first week of classes where all the clubs have tables and provide more information to those who are interested in joining.”
“I participate in a lot of extracurricular activities including Student Government Association, Her Campus, Relay for Life, and a few others. People find out about clubs through the two club fairs that Merrimack puts on for the students. The most popular club is Merrimack Planning Board, who plans fun activities for all the students including the spring concert. I enjoy being involved in all these clubs because it always for the opportunity for me to make new friends along with staying busy doing activities that I love.”
“Joining clubs is the best way to get out of your dormitory, meet people, and find what you are the most interested in.”
“A lot of people join clubs because that’s how you meet new people here. We always hold an involvement fair in the beginning of each semester. This gives students a chance to sign up for clubs. Relay for life is a huge club for Merrimack. By joining a club, I got to meet so many people that I probably would not have talked to while I am here. It’s very easy to start a new club here.”
“Along with Her Campus Merrimack, I also have participated in intramural sports. The involvement fair makes it easier for people to learn what is open for clubs and activities on campus. It is easy to start your own club as long as there is a demand for it and enough people are willing to join.”
“I don't know anyone who doesn't participate in at least one activity on campus. The activities fairs give you information and you get emails from Merrimack about clubs and events on campus. MPB and Relay for Life are both popular clubs that I'm involved in. I really enjoy feeling involved on campus because you feel like you have a say in things that go on. Starting your own club is relatively easy if there isn't one for what you want already.”
“Our hockey team is division one, and our most popular sport here. All the other sports are division two and are liked by the whole student body. Most students attend sporting events, for sports are so popular here. We offer many intramural, but few club sports. Students come here just for the sports, so a lot of them participate in them. The athlete culture is slightly separate from the rest of the crowd, but they do intertwine more than they are separated.”
“We are a huge hockey school. I would say that it’s either between a football game or a hockey game that is the most popular sports here. We offer intramural and club sports. A lot of students participate in both. I would say that there is a tiny separation form athletes and non-athletes but it has gotten better over the years.”
“Our most well- known sports team is our division 1 men's ice hockey team. It is very popular for at least freshman to attend these games. There are many student athletes at Merrimack between varsity, club and intramural sports and even though they mostly hang out with their own teams, they are open to having friends outside of their teams.”
“Our hockey team is our main focus since we are D1. Hockey games are usually the most fun I have all week because everyone turns out to support our team and cheer them on. There is an intramural for almost every sport you can think of, and a lot of students participate in them. The athletes tend to stick together and be friends on campus.”
"Merrimack girls can either be very dressed up or can rock a laid back look to class and around campus."
"I like that the women at Merrimack are confident in whatever they choose to wear on campus. It's a great atmosphere of smart, beautiful women that are comfortable in their own skin and what outfit they wear."
"The most common outfit that girls at Merrimack wear would have to be leggings with some sort of boots and a big comfy scarf."
"There are a lot of unique groups of girls on campus. We have a few sororities, Her Campus, club teams and sports teams that give girls an opportunity to speak out and make the most of their years here."
Food & Drink
“We have one dining hall. I think that the food in the dining hall is good, there are a lot of options to chose from!”
“We only have one dining hall on campus, but there are many restaurants around campus along with a few restaurants on campus. The food is okay, but extremely repetitive. People usually go to the dining hall the first three years, but as they start to move to apartments, they tend to eat more at their own home. There is no kitchen access, unless you live in the apartments, which usually consist of seniors. The best meals for me are pasta and meatballs just for the fact that I love Italian food, and I enjoy going to Bertucci's which is right across from campus.”
“There is only one dining hall on campus but there are four different places to pick up something to eat other then the cafe. There is the cafe (Sparky's), a sandwich place (ZeBi) in the library, a Dunkin Donuts, and a place called the warriors den where you can get fried food sandwich, Mexican food or sushi.”
“We have one dining hall on campus, but two fast food type locations also. I do not really like the food and I don't have a favorite place to eat here. Most people sign up for the 13 plus meal plan, due to 120 dollars worth of the Den food and 30 dollars for Dunkin. I believe it could somewhat be difficult to access a kitchen, but I haven't looked into it yet since I'm an underclassman. There are restaurants in walking distance of the campus and pharmacies, etc.”
“Our campus has one dining hall but a couple other places to get food to go. The food is alright, my favorite food is from the Warrior's Den but it's really greasy so I try not to eat there much. I see everyone from first-year students to seniors in the dining hall. It's hard to get access to a kitchen unless you live in O'Brien, an apartment, or a townhouse. Everyone always gets excited for chicken nugget day. There are a ton of restaurants nearby, from Burger King to Panera to Fuddruckers to the 99."
“On the weekends, people tend to hang out with each other and go to parties in the apartments. Frats and sororities are not popular here, so parties are usually run by the sports teams on their off seasons. The only true party day is Saturday, other than that the rest of the week is very quiet; therefore alcohol use is not prevalent. Drug use is almost non-existent here as the college has a strict policy on this. People do not feel pressured to drink on the weekends, for there are many alternatives to drinking. These include events such as bingo that are put on by the Merrimack Planning Board. Usually people are open to meet new people, but they will usually have a good friend by their side at all time. The social scene is definitely inclusive, and the college is easy to get around at night for it is not to big that you do not have to worry about getting lost.”
“There are always events programmed by the school to attend including dances, coffee houses, sports games, etc. Otherwise, people could have social gatherings with their friends and make their own fun.”
“People party for the most part is they don't have games the next day. There are no frat or sorority houses on campus. People don't usually pressure kids to drink here. There is usually some sort of entertainment for kids who don't drink on the weekends. I think a lot of the athletes stick together but for the most part people are open to meet new people. During the week is usually the bar scene for students.”
“Many people on campus go out during the weekends but it is also very easy to stay away from. Most people go to the apartments on campus for parties and also the sports team houses. People shouldn't feel pressured on the weekends because there are many people on campus that do not drink or use drugs. Alternatives would be watching movies or going to a sports game or even going into Boston for the night. People are always open to making new friends here and are definitely inclusive. The campus is small enough that it is easy to get around during the night.”
“On weekends people usually hang out together or sometimes go out to parties. There aren't any frat or sorority houses so they don't really have parties. Alcohol use is pretty prevalent but it's definitely not needed to have a good time. I've never seen anyone pressured into drinking, people usually do it because they want to. Most people stick with their friends but mingle with other people. The social scene is pretty inclusive and it's easy to make new friends on the weekends.”
“Freshman have the option of living in Deegan West, Deegan East, or Ashe. The other buildings are mixed with sophomores and juniors. The Seniors usually live in the back apartments.”
“It is uncommon to live off campus as an upperclassman, the juniors and seniors live in O’Brien or the apartments on campus.”
“The RA’s in each building have activities throughout the year like pizza and holiday parties for everyone to enjoy and come together.”
“Students can choose to room with their friends are go to Res Life to find a roommate. The process is simple and Res Life is very helpful to make everyone happy.”
“I like that Merrimack offers so many different dorm styles especially with the new buildings that were an addition at the beginning of this year.”
Exploring North Andover
"Just a few miles away from the campus is a downtown that is great for shopping, restaurants and a fun day with friends."
"The town of North Andover is very safe and provides many restaurants and things to do at night for those who want to go off campus."
"Merrimack is a small beautiful campus that I fell in love with. The town adds to the great location."
"Many students venture off campus, whether it be for internship, or jobs. Merrimack opens up a lot of opportunities within the community."
"I can't imagine being anywhere but Merrimack, the campus and town is so quaint and everyone is very friendly."
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