Merrimack College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by NEASC indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by NEASC is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Merrimack’s Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering curricula are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
The Chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students through approval of baccalaureate chemistry programs. ACS-approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals.
The teacher preparation programs in elementary, middle, and secondary education as well as Special Education (Moderate Disabilities) have state approval under the Interstate Certification Compact of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.
The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
The Merrimack College Police Department is accredited by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission as established by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
Statement of Community Standards
Before all else, the students, faculty, staff and administration of Merrimack College form an Augustinian community that supports and challenges its members in the pursuit of Truth. The College declares its common purpose, and commits itself:
- To serious study, generous service, and courageous leadership;
- To academic integrity and personal growth;
- To civilized discourse in the exchange of ideas;
- To friendship, diversity, and mutual respect;
- To primacy of conscience and spiritual life;
- To responsibility for the common good, and;
- To pride in our school and ourselves.