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Merrimack College Overview

Located in North Andover, Massachusetts, Merrimack College is a private not-for-profit institution. North Andover is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Merrimack College Known For?

825 Undergraduate Awards
$44,334 Avg Cost After Aid
82% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Merrimack is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at Merrimack is the post-master's certificate.
  • In 2017-2018, 48% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Merrimack makes roughly $57,100 a year. This is 40% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average Merrimack student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Merrimack College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Merrimack.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#24 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#86 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#96 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#132 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Merrimack College?

Location of Merrimack College

Contact details for Merrimack are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 315 Turnpike St, North Andover, MA 01845
Phone: 978-837-5000
Website: https://www.merrimack.edu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/merrimack

Admission Requirements for Merrimack

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Merrimack?

82% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 82%, Merrimack may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 49% of accepted students are men and 51% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 79%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Can I Afford Merrimack College?

$44,334 Net Price
79% Take Out Loans
3.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Merrimack is $44,334. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Merrimack, approximately 79% of students took out student loans averaging $12,433 a year. That adds up to $49,732 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Merrimack is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Merrimack College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,572 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,853 undergraduate students at Merrimack, with 3,572 being full-time and 281 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Merrimack

There are also 790 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,572 full-time undergraduates at Merrimack, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Merrimack

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Merrimack College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Merrimack Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 62
Black or African American 118
Hispanic or Latino 260
White 2,741
International Students 89
Other Races/Ethnicities 302

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Merrimack College. At this time, 21 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 37 countries are represented at Merrimack. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Merrimack College

265 Took All Classes Online
352 Took At Least One Class Online
167.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 352 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Merrimack has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 24th most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Merrimack

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Merrimack College was 167.2%. This is the #270 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Merrimack regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Merrimack majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer & Information Sciences 12%
Education 12%
Educational Administration 5%
General Education 45%
Information Science 87%
Special Education 32%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 5%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 7%
Teaching English or French 25%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Merrimack ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Merrimack.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Teaching English or French #2
Special Education #7
Teacher Education Grade Specific #11
General Education #13
Education #42

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Merrimack College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Human Development & Family Studies 87 0 0 87
Teacher Education Grade Specific 37 0 48 85
Business Administration & Management 54 0 28 82
Marketing 76 0 0 76
Other Health Professions 37 0 36 73
Health Sciences & Services 29 0 32 61
Special Education 1 0 59 60
Accounting 35 0 19 54
General Psychology 50 0 0 50
General Education 16 0 33 49
Criminal Justice & Corrections 37 0 11 48
Educational Administration 0 7 36 43
Communication & Journalism (Other) 39 0 0 39
Mechanical Engineering 32 0 7 39
Finance & Financial Management 35 0 0 35
Health & Physical Education 29 0 0 29
Civil Engineering 23 0 5 28
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 28 28
General Biology 21 0 0 21
Allied Health Professions 9 0 9 18
Political Science & Government 18 0 0 18
Other Computer & Information Sciences 17 0 0 17
Natural Resources Conservation 17 0 0 17
Information Science 0 0 15 15
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 14 14
Teaching English or French 0 0 12 12
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 11 11
Electrical Engineering 11 0 0 11
General English Literature 11 0 0 11
International Business 10 0 0 10
Public Health 4 0 6 10
History 10 0 0 10
Nutrition Science 9 0 0 9
Economics 9 0 0 9
Ethnic Studies 8 0 0 8
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 8 8
Liberal Arts General Studies 8 0 0 8
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 7 0 0 7
Design & Applied Arts 7 0 0 7
Mathematics 6 0 0 6
Sociology 5 0 0 5
Public Administration 0 0 5 5
Drama & Theater Arts 3 0 0 3
Student Counseling 0 0 2 2
Romance Languages 2 0 0 2
Applied Mathematics 2 0 0 2
Interdisciplinary Studies 2 0 0 2
International Studies 2 0 0 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2 0 0 2
Philosophy 2 0 0 2
Chemistry 2 0 0 2
Human Resource Management 1 0 0 1
Other Education 0 1 0 1
Health/Medical Prep Programs 1 0 0 1
Fine & Studio Arts 1 0 0 1
Music 1 0 0 1
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0 0
Physics 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 825 8 424 1,257

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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