Mar 03, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Admission Policy

Admission to Merrimack College is competitive and selective. We seek to enroll students who are academically prepared and demonstrate the background, interest and willingness to contribute to advancing the Merrimack experience.

When considering applicants for first year admission, the admission committee considers whether the applicant’s secondary school transcript reflects the preparation and performance for the academic program for which they have applied. Merrimack’s Augustinian heritage is reflected in our supportive community and we seek to enroll students who have positively contributed to their school and larger community.

Merrimack is a member of the Common Application. Students may apply online at In addition to the Common Applications, applicants must submit official copies of all secondary school transcripts, one reference or recommendation from a school counselor, and one recommendation from a teacher. Test results from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Board or the American College Testing Program (ACT) are optional, if submitted they will be used as part of the evaluation process. On the basis of these criteria, the Admission Committee determines the academic strength of candidates in relation to the course of studies for which they have applied.

Merrimack College admits students of any race, creed, color, handicap or disability, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, national ancestry or ethnic origin or any other lawfully protected categories in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Admission Requirements

The subject requirements listed below are expressed in terms of secondary school units. A unit represents one academic year of study.

Business Administration, Humanities, and Social Sciences

  English 4  
  History, Government and Social Sciences 2-3  
  *Mathematics 3-4  
  Science (With Lab) 2-3  
  Foreign Language 2-4  

Health Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and Exercise Science

  English 4  
  History, Government and Social Sciences 2-3  
  *Mathematics 4  
  **Science (With Lab) 3  
  Foreign Language 2-4  

* Mathematics subject matter should include the equivalent of Algebra I, II and Geometry. An additional, advanced mathematics course is required of all Science and Engineering applicants.

**Prospective Engineering students must have three units in the sciences including Physics.

First year applications for admission should be submitted before the following dates.
  Fall Term:
    Early Decision: November 15
    Early Action 1: November 15
    Early Action 2: January 15
    Regular Decision: February 15
  Spring Term: January 6

The Admission Committee notifies fall term first year applicants of their admission decision between December 15 and December 24 for Early Action 1 and Early Decision candidates, between February 15 and March 1 for Early Action 2 candidates, between March 15 and April 1 for Regular Decision candidates, and between November 1 and January 25 for spring term candidates.

The Admission Office only accepts first year applications from the Common Application. Additional information concerning the Common Application is available by contacting the Office of Admission directly. Information requests are also accepted by email at the following address: and in the admission section of the Merrimack web site. The web address is: The Admission fax number is +1-978-837-5133.

Early Decision

Merrimack College offers an Early Decision program for first year applicants who consider Merrimack their first choice college. The deadline for submitting an application under Early Decision is November 15 of their senior year and Early Decision applicants will learn of their admission decision prior to December 25. Decisions include admission, deferral to the Regular Decision process and denial of admission.

Students applying under Early Decision should be aware that this is a binding program. If offered admission the student must enroll at Merrimack College and decline all other offers of admission.

Early Action

Merrimack College offers two Early Action program deadlines for first year applicants who consider Merrimack among the colleges at the top of their list and wish to learn of their admission decision early. The deadline for submitting an application under Early Action 1 is November 15 of their senior year. Decisions include admission, deferral to the Regular Decision process and denial of admission. The deadline for submitting an application under Early Action 2 is January 15 of their senior year. Decisions include admission, deferral to the Regular Decision process and denial of admission. Both Early Action options are non-binding.

Regular Decision

Merrimack also offers a Regular Decision program for first year applicants. The application deadline for the Regular Decision program is February 15 and applicants will learn of their admission decision between March 15 and April 1. Decisions include admission, placement on the waitlist or denial of admission.

Pre-Secondary School Graduation Admission Plan (Early Admission)

Students may be considered for admission after completing their junior year of their secondary school if they demonstrate a consistently superior secondary school academic record. Students must meet all high school graduation requirements as well as the Merrimack College general admission requirements (except in the total number of academic units). In addition to submitting all credentials required for admission, applicants applying under this plan must also submit a recommendation by their high school principal or director of guidance indicating their readiness for admission. An interview will be required for students applying under this plan. Students who qualify for this plan must apply under the Regular Decision deadline and submit first semester/trimester or first two quarters grades on an official transcript. Decisions include admission, placement on the waitlist or denial of admission.

Confirmation of Enrollment

Admitted students must submit their enrollment deposit no later than May 1 for the fall term or by January 20 for the spring term. Final transcript(s) indicating graduation or General Education Development (GED) test results and Health Forms must be submitted before matriculation. Merrimack also asks that students who have not submitted SAT or ACT test results as part of the admission process submit their scores for institutional research purposes.

Deferral of Admission

Merrimack College offers the option for students who wish to defer the offer for admission for up to one full year. The request for deferral must be submitted in writing to the Office of Admission. The letter must state the reason for the request and the specific term the student plans to enroll. The full enrollment deposit is required of the all students who wish to defer enrollment. The student will be contacted by the office of admission to re-activate their application for the new term of enrollment. If a student who applied for first year admission matriculates at another institution, the deferral will be void and the student will need to reapply as a transfer student.

Students who defer their admission will keep the merit scholarship offered during the admission process. However, the FAFSA form must be filed and a new financial aid package will be awarded for the new term of enrollment.

Refund of Deposit

Deposits for freshman entering for the fall semester are refundable until May 1 only. Transfer enrollment deposits are not refundable.

Admission Requirements for GED Candidates

Individuals without a high school diploma who wish to pursue post-secondary education may be admitted to Merrimack College. Candidates for admission must successfully complete the General Educational Development tests (GED) and submit the Official Report of Test Results with their completed application. Test results from the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the American College Testing Program (ACT) are optional. Candidates who submit their GED test scores are required to follow the same admission procedures as those required of graduating seniors and high school graduates.

Home School Candidates

Merrimack College welcomes applications from students who have chosen homeschooling. In addition to completing the standard admission application, we require that students forward to the Office of Admission the following materials:

  • State certificate of completion, or a high school diploma, or the GED
  • List of coursework or transcript
  • Test results of SAT, SAT II or ACT are optional.
  • Admission Interview (highly recommended)
  • Essay
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a parent/teacher and one from a person outside the home - e.g., tutor, employer, minister, priest, etc.) Each candidate will be assessed on an individual basis for college readiness and academic strength.

Change of Status on Admission Applications

Any change of application status must be forwarded to the Office of Admission by the student in writing. Change of major, housing status or other changes will be made only upon written receipt of the request unless otherwise authorized and documented by a member of the admission staff. Internal requests for status change will be made only after the student has forwarded the appropriate documentation to the Office of Admission. Final approval of the request will be determined by the Admission Committee.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Air Force ROTC is a leadership development program that ultimately produces second lieutenants for the United States Air Force. Air Force ROTC is designed to run concurrent with a student’s degree curriculum. Students do not go on to active duty until after they graduate from college, with a four year degree. Although the environment is somewhat fraternal, promoting military structure and culture, it is not a club or activity, but rather, a bona fide academic program, through which scholarships are available.

Merrimack College students may enroll in Air Force ROTC courses at UMass Lowell, through a cross-town agreement between the two schools. The Air Force ROTC program qualifies men and women for a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Two-year, three-year and four-year programs, as well as scholarships, are available. Details, including information on how to enroll Air Force ROTC credited class and lab, can be obtained calling Air Force ROTC Detachment 345, UMass Lowell, at 978-934-2252 or via email Detachment 345’s local web site is Air Force ROTC national web site is Registration for ROTC courses is done via NECCUM cross-registration. Please visit the Merrimack College Registrars Office for a NECCUM cross-registration form.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

College credit for international baccalaureate exams are subject to review. An official IB examination report is required for consideration. Higher Level exams with a score of 5 or better are considered for credit.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Course credit may be granted through the CLEP program, in which students can take an equivalency examination in an academic area instead of a course offered by the college in that area. The examinations are offered by the College Entrance Examination Board and are available in most academic disciplines. Like the Advanced Placement Tests, the CLEP examinations are usually offered to replace courses at the introductory level. CLEP examinations should be taken prior to the start of the student’s junior year, but no later than the start of the student’s senior year. Students seeking further information about the program should be directed to the department chair of the appropriate discipline and/or to the College Registrar. A transfer applicant to the college who has taken CLEP exams is required to have official CLEP score report sent to Merrimack College (code #3525) for potential transfer credit.

Military Training

Merrimack College awards academic credit for military training based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations.

Advanced Placement (AP)

As a participant in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board, Merrimack College will grant credit to students who present examination scores of at least 3 on Advanced Placement tests offered by the Educational Testing Service. Students who have taken the test should have their official scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Admission Office at Merrimack College (Merrimack College code number: 3525) prior to matriculation. It should be noted that chairs of each academic department establish the number of Merrimack College credits and the advanced placement level for successful students under the Advanced Placement Program.

College Level Courses/Dual Enrollment

Students who elect to take college level courses during high school may have those courses evaluated for transfer of college credit. The student is required to forward to the Merrimack College Office of Admission an official college transcript. It is also necessary for evaluation of such courses, that the student submits a course catalog and/or course syllabi offering course descriptions. With a grade of “C” or better, three credit and four credit courses that are similar in content and scope to courses offered at Merrimack College will be evaluated by a department chairperson for transfer of college credit. “C-” grades are not accepted in transfer.

Transfer Admission

Students wishing to transfer from another accredited college or university may be considered for admission to Merrimack College. We define a transfer student as any student who has earned a high school diploma or GED and has attempted 12 credits or more in college-level courses. The transfer applicant must follow these guidelines:

  1. Documents needed:
    1. Completed transfer application and essay.
    2. Official college transcript from each college attended. International transfer applicants must submit post secondary records which are original or certified copies of original documents. These must be translated into English.
    3. College catalog/course descriptions from each college attended. Course descriptions are needed in order to evaluate and determine appropriate transfer credit. International students are required to submit college catalog/course descriptions translated into English.
    4. One letter of recommendation from a current professor or advisor or an employer.
    5. High school/secondary school transcript is required if applicant has completed less than 30 college credits. Test results of SAT or ACT are optional.
    6. A test of English proficiency is required of the applicant for whom English is not his/her native language. An official score report of either TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required.
  2. The applicant must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The student must not be under disciplinary censure and eligible to return to the institution s/he previously attended.
  3. Transfer of course credits:
    1. Transfer credit will be granted for courses having a grade of “C” or better from each institution(s). “C-” grades are not accepted in transfer. The institution(s) must hold accreditation from a major regional accrediting association. These courses also must meet the requirements of the curriculum selected by the applicant and be comparable in content and scope to courses offered by Merrimack College.
    2. If a student has an earned an Associate’s degree from a two-year college and meets admission requirements, all courses and credits will be accepted in transfer.
    3. Credit for coursework taken 10 years or more prior to admission is subject to review to determine exactly how the courses will transfer in.
    4. Internships, cooperative education, courses taken pass/fail, and remedial or developmental courses do not transfer. Transfer credit Advanced Placement (AP) and/or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations will be determined provided the “official” examination score report/s are forwarded directly to the Office of Admission (Merrimack School code number: 3525).
    5. The grades from other institutions do not enter into the computation of quality grade point average at Merrimack College.
    6. All credits to be transferred must be identified at the time of application for transfer admission to Merrimack. Merrimack College reserves the right to deny credit for coursework taken by the student prior to admission if it is identified and presented after transfer.
    7. Admission for transfer applicants currently enrolled at other institutions are made with the condition that courses will be completed successfully. Final and official transcripts of all completed courses must be forwarded to the Office of Admission.
  4. A transfer credit evaluation of transferable courses is prepared and forwarded to the student at the time of admission. In some instances, the student may be asked to submit more detailed course descriptions or syllabi than that which appears in the catalog of the prior institution(s). Final determination of transferability of courses is made by the Registrar’s Office at Merrimack College in conjunction with the appropriate academic departments.
  5. Students may transfer up to a maximum of 76 credits from previous college or university coursework.
  6. Students who transfer from other institutions must complete at least 48 credits at Merrimack College. Please refer to the Merrimack College catalog sections: “Requirements for Bachelor’s Degree” and “Residence Requirements” for more detailed information.
  7. Applications for admission for transfer students should be submitted by the following deadlines:

Fall Term: August 15
Spring Term: January 6

For fall admission (classes beginning in September) decisions will be sent out on a rolling bases from Mid-March until August. For spring admission (classes beginning in January) admission decisions will be sent out on a rolling basis from mid-October until early January.

Community College Articulation Agreements

Merrimack College has entered into a set of “Transfer Articulation Agreements” with several of the Massachusetts community colleges. Please contact the Office of Admission for more detailed information about these agreements.

International Students

Merrimack College welcomes applications from international students. An international student is a student who is neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States of America. Such students, according to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, “must have successfully completed a course of study equivalent to that normally required of an American applicant seeking admission to the school at the same level.”

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting a test of English proficiency. Applicant must have a minimum score of 80 and with no single subset score lower than 18 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no band below a 6.0. An official score report of either TOEFL or IELTS is required. Appropriate official transcripts, or certified copies of academic records and their English translations validated by an official public translator, must be forwarded to the Office of Admission. If the international student has completed college/university level coursework, official transcripts (translated into English) for all such coursework is required.

As part of the application process, a Declaration and Certification of Finances and Bank statement must be completed which certifies that sufficient funds are on deposit/available to meet the cost of one year of academic study. A Certificate of Eligibility (form I-20A) will be issued to the student after the student has been admitted.

The completed admission application should be received by the following dates:

    Freshmen Transfers  
  Fall Term: February 15 July 15  
  Spring Term: December 15 December 15  

Merrimack Senior Citizen Program

The Merrimack College Senior Citizen Program allows any student 62 years of age or older having a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma to audit undergraduate credit courses or to take them for credit, on a space-available basis, at no charge. A total of five courses may be taken for credit and an unlimited number of undergraduate course may be audited under this policy. Courses taken for credit may serve to meet the requirements for the college’s associate’s and bachelor’s degrees if and when the student matriculates. The Senior Citizen program is not applicable to graduate courses.

Senior citizens will be responsible for paying any fees associated with specific courses, such as laboratory and computer fees. Certain courses may be closed to tuition-free registration because of heavy enrollment, and courses may be cancelled if registration is insufficient. Courses having pre-requisites cannot be taken without first completing the required pre- requisite for credit.

Senior citizens will register with the Registrar’s Office at the scheduled time for this registration, but determination of space will only be confirmed after all Merrimack students have had the opportunity to register.

Course Limitations:

A student may register for no more than 32 credits before applying to the school.