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
4,226
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average HS GPA
3.51

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
510 - 600
SAT Math
500 - 600
ACT Composite
21 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
July 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

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
20:1
Total Faculty
353
with Terminal Degree

191
Women
162
Men

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
52%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
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


BG (Retired) David L. Grange
CNN Military Commentator & former CEO of Pharmaceutical Product Development

Mrs. E. Anne Purcell
Founding Member, National League of Families of American Prisoners

Dr. Corbett Thigpen
Psychiatrist & co-author of nonfictional book, The Three Faces of Eve

Mr. Eugene Patterson
Pulitzer Prize Winner of Editorial Writing, 1967

LTG James L. Terry
Current Commanding General, V Corps Wiesbaden, Germany

Mr. Shawn Mullins
Grammy Award Nominee for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Lullaby")

Rep. David Ralston
Speaker of Georgia House of Representatives

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,100

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,900

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,352

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$12,166

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
55%

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,852
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,128
Required Fees
$1,718
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$2,572

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
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

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
Yes

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
5,851
Out of State
6%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
48

Demographics

57% female
43% male
6% are out of state
84% are full time
16% 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
37%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
84%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
94

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
160
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
14

11% join a fraternity
13% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Saints)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Golf
Riflery
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Saints)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Riflery
Soccer
Softball
Tennis

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

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
41

Average Number of PC's per Lab
17

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Discounts available through bookstore

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jonathan Cueva
Assistant Director Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
Chestatee Building
Dahlonega, GA 30597

Phone
7068641800

Email
jacueva@northgeorgia.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Library Technology Center
Drill Field
North Georgia Suites
Rec Center
Dining Hall
Campus tours are tailored based on the demand and interest of the groups visiting.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Historic downtown Dahlonega
Yahoola Creek Resevoir/Park
Amicalola Falls
Appalachian Trail
Chattahoochee National Forest
Nearby outlet mall for shopping; Atlanta - only an hour away for entertainment

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Contact Email Address for Visit
jacueva@northgeorgia.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

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Key Stats

4,226
Applicants
5,851
Size
56%
Acceptance Rate
1100
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists