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Merrimack College was founded in 1947 in North Andover, Massachusetts, by the Order of St. Augustine O.S.A.

The Augustinians, at the invitation of Richard Cushing, then Archbishop of Boston, established the college as a direct response to the needs and aspirations of local G.I.’s returning home from World War II.

Merrimack College is a tribute to the man who, more than anyone else, made it all possible: the Rev. Vincent A. McQuade. A native of Lawrence, Massachusetts, Rev. McQuade led the college to eventually become a showcase of the Merrimack Valley, approximately 25 miles north of Boston.

Since that time, Merrimack College has graduated nearly 22,000 students. Today’s 220-acre campus comprises nearly 40 buildings, including:

  • A 125,000-volume library
  • Four classroom buildings
  • The Gregor Johann Mendel, O.S.A., Science, Engineering and Technology Center
  • The 130,000-square-foot Sakowich Campus Center
  • The Rogers Center for the Arts
  • The S. Peter Volpe Athletic Center
  • Austin Hall, which houses administrative offices
  • The Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher
  • Student apartment buildings, townhouses and residence halls
  • The Louis H. Hamel Health Center

Students at Merrimack College now come from all across the United States and around the globe.



  • Quick Facts

    • 1989 The Merrimack College Choir met with Pope John Paul II after singing at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Palm Sunday.

    • 1960 Archbishop Richard J. Cushing of Boston is affiliated to the Order of Saint Augustine and dedicates Monican and Austin (later Ash) Centres.

    • First Commencement at Merrimack, outside Cushing Hall, Sunday June 3, 1951.