Merrimack College: Narrative Description

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315 Turnpike St.
North Andover, MA 01845-5800
Tel: (978)837-5000
Fax: (978)837-5222
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1947. Setting: 220-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $28.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $97,269. Educational spending 2003-04: $9089 per student. Total enrollment: 2,326. Faculty: 244 (139 full-time, 105 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 3,547 applied, 64% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 83% from top half. 20 class presidents, 4 valedictorians, 197 student government officers. Full-time: 2,027 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 277 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 16 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 2% 25 or older, 74% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Northeast Consortium of Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, American University, Massachusetts Bay Marine Studies Consortium. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.8 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/30 for early action. Notification: continuous until 4/1, 12/20 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $31,300 includes full-time tuition ($21,850), mandatory fees ($250), and college room and board ($9200). College room only: $5200. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $805 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $35 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course level, and course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 48 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 16% of eligible men and 19% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Merrimaction Community Outreach, MORE Retreat Program, Merrimack Marketing Association, Orientation Committee Coordinators, Developing Leaders Program. Major annual events: Parents' Weekend, Homecoming, Winter Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,590 college housing spaces available; 1,497 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. McQuade Library with 115,639 books, 11,624 microform titles, 1,044 serials, 1,972 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 175 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

North Andover is approximately 25 miles north of Boston and has rail and bus service to the city. Andover is used extensively for relaxation, shopping and eating. The local area is rich in cultural and historic attractions.

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