Students Say

 Merrimack College, a liberal arts school located in Andover, Massachusetts, is "a small school with big ideas" that "takes education very seriously." The "very satisfying" academic experience offered here is only enhanced by accessible professors "who genuinely care and give more to the students than needed." "Their office doors are always open," says a student.

Overview

Applicants
7,044
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average HS GPA
3.09

GPA Breakdown

11%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
23%
3.00 - 3.24
29%
2.50 - 2.99
10%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
-
SAT Math
-
ACT Composite
-

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Overall

Students Say

 Merrimack College, a liberal arts school located in Andover, Massachusetts, is "a small school with big ideas" that "takes education very seriously." The "very satisfying" academic experience offered here is only enhanced by accessible professors "who genuinely care and give more to the students than needed." "Their office doors are always open," says a student. Though there are some unsatisfactory teachers who "just stand up in the front of the class and lecture," for the most part, the rest do a good job of presenting "interesting material that they learned by doing, not from a textbook." One impressed freshman notes, "The professors here at Merrimack are so passionate about the topic they teach, their passion rubs off on students and motivates them." Importantly, they "work with you to examine your future goals and guide you on the right path." Additionally, undergrads applaud the "intimate classroom sizes," top-of-the-line "interactive class rooms," and "hands-on experience opportunities." While students are quick to praise their time in the lecture halls, opinions are mixed when it comes to the administration. Though some claim that dealing with administration can be a "headache" and a "waste," others think that it "does a great job asking the students what they want or what their complaints are and then adjusts or changes accordingly." Still, the supportive atmosphere never fails to seep through, and Merrimack ends up being 'a community made up entirely of smaller communities."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
357
with Terminal Degree

181
Men
176
Women
30
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
93%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
68%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Brian Mitchell
Former President of Bucknell University

Joseph Graziano
Retired CFO, Apple Computer, Inc.

Lee Slattery
VP and Publisher of Family Circle

William Leahy
Vice President, Atlantic Region, AT&T Services, Inc.

Michael K. Crowe
CEO, Crowe Paradis Holding Company

Ken Duane
Vice Chairman, Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.

Bob Unanue
CEO, Goya Foods

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
89
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,057

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,377

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,635

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Many admit that the "small, New England campus" of Merrimack isn't the most diverse, defining the majority as "white, upper-middle-class, and Christian." "We do have a large amount of female students that wear Uggs and North Face fleeces more days than not," says a junior. That said, many undergrads are involved in numerous clubs, since in order "to really fit in and find your place it helps to be involved on campus." Though everyone is "easy to get along with," most everyone "has a group of friends/roommates they always hang out with." Merrimack students like to be active, and "most typical students are former athletes or current athletes." Despite the school maintaining Catholic affiliation, "the average student is not that spiritually involved." The relatively small student population leads to a strong community feeling, and "it strikes you right as you walk onto campus that this is not your average school."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,051
Out of State
28%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
23

Demographics

51% female
49% male
28% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Though Merrimack students must hit the books during the week, they readily push academics aside once the weekend rolls around. The athletic undergrads "love the sports here at Merrimack" and Division I "hockey games are a must for any Merrimack student." "The atmosphere at the games just spreads to the entire campus during big games!" says a student. Social activities tend to focus around dorm life as they are "very conducive to having people over to hang out and have fun, from having a few drinks to sitting around watching TV to having large parties." And one sophomore adds, "On weekends, most people just go to on-campus parties in the senior apartments." The school's Augustinian mission brings to rise "wonderful service opportunities," and there are "many options available from weekly service to fall, winter, and spring mission trips." There are also many school-sponsored activities and events, from comedians and bands to speakers, and the "annual spring concert is a campus-wide event." Students do complain that hometown "North Andover and the surrounding area [are] too quiet for someone looking to have fun after 9 P.M. because everything closes down." There are a number of local (though expensive) dining options, and many people "would rather eat out" when possible. Those in search of some urban action can take advantage of Merrimack's proximity to Boston, and many students do take the occasional weekend trip.  

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
75%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
73
First-Year Students living on campus
88%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
97

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
49
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations
2

1% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Warriors)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Warriors)
14 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UMass-Lowell

Sustainability

Green Rating
66

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
20

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Micros Northeast

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Rachel Hanson
Ast Dir. of Admissions for Campus Events

Address
Office of Admission
Box A22
North Andover, MA 01845

Phone
978-837-5100

Email
admission@merrimack.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sakowich Student Center
Warrior's Den
McQuade Library
Augie's Pub
Fitness Center
Campus observatory open one night a week to the public. Rogers Center and the McQuade Library have art gallerys. McQuade Gallery frequently displays student art.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Boston, MA-North End, Museums, Schools, sporting events
The Claddagh
North Shore Mall
Bertucci's
Chipotle
The T to Boston is just a short walk away.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
4 student operated shuttle vans to surrounding stores, service learning locations, and public transportation. Metro train 1 mile from campus to Boston. Boston Logan Airport, MA. Manchester New Hampshire National Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Boston and Logan Airport: Route 93 North to exit 41, Route 125 to Andover/North Andover. Campus is on the left at intersection of Routes 125 and 114. Approximately 25 minutes to campus. From Points North: Route 95 south to 495 South (traveling from Maine) or Route 93 South or 3 South to 495 North (traveling from New Hampshire) exit 42A. Follow Route 114 toward Middleton, one mile to campus. From Points South and West: Massachussetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Auburn exit. Route 290 East to 495 North to exit 42A. Follow Route 114 East toward Middleton, one mile to campus.

Local Accommodations
Local Accommodations: Wyndham Hotel (123 Old River Road, Andover), Residence Inn (500 Minuteman Road, Andover), Homewood Suites by Hilton (4 Riverside Drive, Andover)
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Key Stats

7,044
Applicants
3,051
Size
78%
Acceptance Rate

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