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Considering Applying to Merrimack?

Merrimack College offers a distinctive academic experience - rigorous curriculum across 100+ programs in our four schools complemented by enriching hands-on learning opportunities and excellent career preparation. Along with an active, close-knit campus community, there are endless opportunities for you to pursue your interests and chase personal and professional goals.

Our goal is to enroll students who are involved in their school and community, possess leadership skills, have had a solid college preparatory curriculum, and are driven to pursue their goals while taking advantage of all Merrimack has to offer.

We greatly look forward to reviewing your application.


Select Your Application Process Below

Freshman Application Process

Merrimack students are passionate about learning, care about their community, and want to make a difference in the world. We seek students best suited to take advantage of everything Merrimack has to offer.

Accordingly, Merrimack's Admission Committee considers every aspect of a student's application and credentials, including the following:

  • Academic achievement
  • Strength of curriculum
  • Community involvement
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Interview (recommended)
  • Common Application
  • Essay

Deadlines

  Application Deadline Admission Decision
Freshman Early Decision November 15 late-December
Freshman Early Action 1 November 15 late-December
Freshman Early Action 2 January 15 late-February
Freshmen Regular Decision February 15 late-March
Freshmen for Spring Semester January 6 Rolling

Check out our admission options for more information.

Completing Your Application

In order for a freshman application to be considered “complete,” the following items are required:

Merrimack College is test optional. Standardized test scores (such as the SAT or ACT) are not required for admission. However, we encourage you to submit your scores if you feel they will support or enhance your academic background.

We encourage you to submit first quarter or trimester grades as part of your application when available.

Once you have submitted your application you will receive an email containing your Merrimack Admission ID and instructions for setting up your application status check portal.

Mailing Information

Transcripts and recommendations that are not submitted online should be mailed to:

Merrimack College
Undergraduate Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 937
North Andover, MA 01845

Fed-Ex, UPS, Priority Mail packages and Declaration and Certification of Finances form (DCF) should be mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Merrimack College
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845

Transfer Application Process

Merrimack students are passionate about learning, care about their community, and want to make a difference in the world. We seek students best suited to take advantage of everything Merrimack has to offer.

Accordingly, Merrimack's Admission Committee considers every aspect of a student's application and credentials, including the following:

  • Academic achievement
  • Strength of curriculum
  • Community involvement
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Interview (recommended) - Register online
  • Transfer Application through Merrimack or the Common Application
  • Essay
  • References

Deadlines

  Application Deadline Admission Decision
Transfer for fall semester priority deadline March 15 Rolling (beginning in March)
Transfer for fall semester regular deadline August 15 Rolling (beginning in March)
Transfer for spring semester priority deadline November 15 Rolling (beginning in October)
Transfer for spring semester regular deadline January 6 Rolling (beginning in October)

Completing Your Application

In order for a transfer application to be considered “complete", the following items are required:

  • Transfer Application through Merrimack or the Common Application (Applicants may select from either of the two Transfer Application options. Please submit only one version of the application, not both.)
  • Official Transcript(s) from each College/University attended
  • Course Catalog/Course Descriptions from each College/University attended (in order to determine transfer credit
  • A current Letter of Recommendation
  • Your college essay (Your college essay as outlined on the Common Application.)
  • Transfer College Report
  • Mid-Term Report if final grades are not yet available
  • US Permanent Residents are required to submit a photocopy (both sides) of Alien Registration card
  • High School transcripts are required if less than one year (less than 30 semester hours of credit) of college coursework has been completed.

For international students, a completed application also requires proof of English proficiency:

  • Test scores must be sent directly from the testing authority or institution
  • All international applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency if English is not their native language
  • If you meet all the requirements except for English Proficiency, Merrimack College has Conditional Acceptance Options

English proficiency to satisfy Merrimack College’s requirement can be demonstrated by the following:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) with no subset score lower than 18 for all students whose native language is not English
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no band below 6.0) for all students whose native language is not English
  • A minimum SAT Critical Reading score of 500 or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 510
  • A minimum PTE Academic score of 53
  • A minimum ACT composite score of 23

If you have any questions, or would like to come to Merrimack for a personal meeting, please contact Jim Cristiano, Associate Director of Admission for Transfer Students, at 978-837-5411; Nicole Williams, Assistant Director of Admission for Transfer Students, at 978-837-5568; or email transfer@merrimack.edu.

Mailing Information

Transcripts and recommendations that are not submitted online should be mailed to:

Merrimack College
Undergraduate Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 937
North Andover, MA 01845

Fed-Ex, UPS, Priority Mail packages and Declaration and Certification of Finances form (DCF) should be mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Merrimack College
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845

Freshman International Application Process

A freshman applicant is one entering college directly after secondary school (high school). If you are applying as a freshman, follow the steps listed below. A freshman has not completed any college level courses.

Completing Your Application

1. Complete the Common App (including the 650 word essay)

2. Submit an official secondary school transcript with an official English translation.

  • Transcripts must include every year attended
  • Transcripts need to be sent directly from your high school

3. Submit proof of English proficiency.

  • Test scores must be sent directly from the testing authority or institution
  • Tests must be completed within the past two years
  • All international applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency if English is not their native language
  • If you meet all the requirements except for English Proficiency, Merrimack College has Conditional Admission Options

English proficiency to satisfy Merrimack College’s requirement can be demonstrated by the following:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) with no subset score lower than 18 for all students whose native language is not English
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no band below 6.0) for all students whose native language is not English
  • A minimum SAT Critical Reading score of 500 or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 510
  • A minimum PTE Academic score of 53
  • A minimum ACT composite score of 23
  • If you feel that you have demonstrated English proficiency in a way not mentioned above, please contact us at international@merrimack.edu, to discuss meeting our requirements.

4. Submit one letter of recommendation from high school teacher or counselor.

  • Must be sent directly from author
  • Recommendation letters from English language school teachers will be accepted as a supplement to your application, but you will still be required to submit a recommendation letter from a high school teacher or counselor.

5. Submit a declaration of finances form and bank statement.

  • Download the form here. In addition to Merrimack's Declaration of Finance form, we require a letter from your bank certifying available funds. Download an example letter here. If we have all these materials at time of decision, we will be able to supply your I-20 with your offer of admission.

6. While optional, it is highly encouraged that applicants also submit a resume and schedule an interview.

Deadlines

  Application Deadline Admission Decision
Freshman Early Decision November 15 late-December
Freshman Early Action 1 November 15 late-December
Freshman Early Action 2 January 15 late-February
Freshmen Regular Decision February 15 late-March
Freshmen for Spring Semester January 6 Rolling

Did you miss the Application Deadline?

Please email the International Admission Office for assistance at international@merrimack.edu

Mailing Information

Transcripts and recommendations that are not submitted online should be mailed to:

Merrimack College
Undergraduate Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 937
North Andover, MA 01845

Fed-Ex, UPS, Priority Mail packages and Declaration and Certification of Finances form (DCF) should be mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Merrimack College
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845

International Transfer Application Process

A transfer applicant is a student applying for a bachelor's degree who has completed high school and has taken additional coursework in one or more post-secondary institutions (college or university).

Deadlines

  Application Deadline Admission Decision
Transfer for fall semester priority deadline March 15 Rolling (beginning in March)
Transfer for fall semester regular deadline August 15 Rolling (beginning in March)
Transfer for spring semester priority deadline November 15 Rolling (beginning in October)
Transfer for spring semester regular deadline January 6 Rolling (beginning in October)

Completing Your Application

1. Complete the online application

  • Complete the Transfer Application through Merrimack or the Common Application. Applicants may select from either of the two Transfer Application options. Please submit only one version of the application, not both.

2. Submit a Transfer College Report.

3. Submit an official secondary school transcript with an official English translation.

  • Transcripts must include every year attended.
  • Transcripts need to be sent directly from your high school.

4. Submit a catalogue or syllabus of university courses taken with an official English translation

Merrimack College Office of Admission requires that applicants with coursework or degrees from a non-U.S. university have their transcript evaluated for potential transfer credit. Students must obtain a professional transcript evaluation from one of the following companies:

Type of Transcript Evaluation Report to Order: Course-by-Course Report

This evaluation will list the classes you have taken and give course equivalency information, making it possible to transfer international credit or to fulfill prerequisite requirements. If you have earned a degree, the report will show whether your degree is evaluated to be the equivalent to an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution, and will provide a grade point average (GPA) on a 4-point scale.

Please note: you must order a course-by-course report; other types of transcript evaluation reports are not accepted. If you have ordered an evaluation in the past, you can contact the company to order an additional official copy.

If your transcripts and diplomas are in languages other than English, you must provide Merrimack College with a translation, including a course description. English course descriptions will be essential when reviewing for possible transfer credit.

It is critical that you read and follow the “Required Documents” information specific to your country of study to ensure that your evaluation is completed as quickly as possible.

Transcript Evaluation Reports (including English translated transcript and course descriptions) should be sent from the evaluation company to:

Merrimack College
Office of Admission
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845
U.S.A 

If you are transferring from a school within the United States, we must also receive a completed transfer form from your current school. After we receive each of the required documents, we will evaluate your application. We will notify you of acceptance by sending your acceptance letter (and I-20 Form to F-1 Visa applicants) to the address on your application.

For specific questions regarding your application status, please contact Paulina Bula at +1-978-837-5753 or at bulap@merrimack.edu.

5. Submit proof of English proficiency

  • Test scores must be sent directly from the testing authority or institution.
  • All international applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency if English is not their native language.
  • If you meet all the requirements except for English Proficiency, Merrimack College has Conditional Admission Options.

English proficiency to satisfy Merrimack College’s requirement can be demonstrated by the following:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) with no subset score lower than 18 for all students whose native language is not English.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no band below 6.0) for all students whose native language is not English.
  • A minimum SAT Critical Reading Score of 500
  • A minimum PTE Academic score of 53
  • If you feel that you have demonstrated English proficiency in a way not mentioned above, please contact us at international@merrimack.edu, to discuss meeting our requirements.

6. Submit one letter of recommendation

  • The Common App International Supplement is preferred, but not required
  • Must be sent directly from the author
  • Recommendation letters from English language school teachers will be accepted as a supplement to your application, but you will still be required to submit a recommendation letter from a high school teacher or counselor.

7. Submit a certification of finances form and bank statement

  • Download the form here. In addition to Merrimack's Declaration of Finance form, we require a letter from your bank certifying available funds. Download an example letter here. If we have all these materials at time of decision, we will be able to supply your I-20 with your offer of admission.

8. While optional, it is highly encouraged that applicants also submit a resume and schedule an interview.

Please email the International Admission Office for assistance at international@merrimack.edu

Mailing Information

Transcripts and recommendations that are not submitted online should be mailed to:

Merrimack College
Undergraduate Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 937
North Andover, MA 01845

Fed-Ex, UPS, Priority Mail packages and Declaration and Certification of Finances form (DCF) should be mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Merrimack College
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845