About Merrimack

About Merrimack College

Merrimack College is a private catholic institution that was founded in 1947. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3000+, and is growing at a rapid pace, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 220 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Merrimack College’s ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), 9.

Unique Qualities

Founded in 1947, by the Order of St. Augustine, Merrimack College is a private, selective college located just outside of Boston. The College offers 90 undergraduate programs in liberal arts, science and engineering, business, and education. Merrimack also offers 15 graduate programs in business, criminology, education, engineering, health sciences, and public affairs as well as part-time degree completion and certificate programs. The College’s 3000+ undergraduate students and 400+ graduate students come from 32 states and 24 countries to form an engaged community of thinkers, learner’s and achievers who are driven to making a difference in the world. Merrimack welcomes international students each year from countries like India, China, Saudi Arabia and several others.

Known for a distinctive and personal approach to learning, students can take advantage of hands-on opportunities including cooperative education and internships, research with faculty, study abroad and service learning. In addition to traditional majors and minors, students can choose programs tailored for high-demand fields including biotechnology, digital media arts and sports medicine. A special point of pride is ABET-accredited engineering programs, unusual in a small college.

Three quarters of the students live on campus, contributing to a strong sense of community. Small classes, a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, an active campus ministry, varied housing choices and continuously improved facilities also support the close-knit atmosphere.

Merrimack students are involved outside of the classroom in more than 50 clubs and organizations and over 500 students participate in club, intramural or collegiate sports.


2016 Best Regional Colleges North

U.S. News & World Report ranked Merrimack a Top 10 college in the United States’ North region for the fifth year in a row.

2016 Best Colleges for Veterans

U.S. News & World Report ranked Merrimack a Top 5 college in the United States’ North region for veterans.

Princeton Review 2016 Best College in the Northeast

The Princeton Review has named Merrimack among the “Best of the Northeast” in its “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

Money Best Colleges

Money Magazine has again named Merrimack College one of the top U.S. colleges for ensuring its graduates’ economic success.

U.S. News 2015 Best Regional Colleges Up-and-Coming

Merrimack is one of the top 10 colleges in the northern United States for the fourth year in a row — and the only regional college judged “up and coming” by higher education leadership in the northern United States.

2014 - 2015 College of Distinction

Merrimack is one of a select group of colleges to earn this prestigious designation, based on its excellence in four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes.

Educate to Career College Rankings Index

Merrimack is named the Top College for “Best Value” in the 2015 edition of the Educate To Career (ETC) College Rankings Index.

The ETC Index analyzes the quality of students when they enter a given college, the total costs related to attending the college, and the outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market.

Affordable Colleges High ROI Colleges

ROI refers to the cost of attending college (investment) versus the graduate’s future earnings (return). Because college students will be spending tens of thousands of dollars a year on education, it’s important to determine a college’s ROI before making any commitments.

2014 The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

President Obama’s Corporation for National & Community Service has named Merrimack to its 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, recognizing all the community service work done by its students.
It’s the fourth straight year Merrimack has been recognized by the award, which was created in 2006.

Forbes 2013 Top College

According to the magazine, “Whether they’re in the top 10 or near the end of the list, all 610 schools in this ranking count among the best in the country: We review just 9% of the 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions in the U.S., so appearing on our list at all is an indication that a school meets a high standard.”