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  • View of McQuade Library from Cushing Hall, 1970s. View of McQuade Library from Cushing Hall, 1970s.
  • The Merrimack College Choir meets with Pope John Paul II after singing at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Palm Sunday, 1989. The Merrimack College Choir meets with Pope John Paul II after singing at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Palm Sunday, 1989.
  • Student in the library, basement of Gildea Hall (currently Sakowich Center), 1964. Student in the library, basement of Gildea Hall (currently Sakowich Center), 1964.
  • Aerial View, 1960s. Aerial View, 1960s.
  • First Commencement at Merrimack, outside Cushing Hall, Sunday June 3, 1951. First Commencement at Merrimack, outside Cushing Hall, Sunday June 3, 1951.
  • View of Austin Hall, mid-70s View of Austin Hall, mid-70s
  • Baccalaureate Mass, late 1980s, Fr. John Deegan, O.S.A. Baccalaureate Mass, late 1980s, Fr. John Deegan, O.S.A.
  • Sullivan Hall view from Cushing Hall, 1960s. Sullivan Hall view from Cushing Hall, 1960s.
  • Aerial View, c. 1970. Aerial View, c. 1970.
  • Computer Lab, McQuade Library, late 1980s. Computer Lab, McQuade Library, late 1980s.
  • Wilson’s Corner, future location of Merrimack College, looking toward Andover, now the intersection of routes 114 and 125, with Elm Street straight ahead, circa 1930. Wilson’s Corner, future location of Merrimack College, looking toward Andover, now the intersection of routes 114 and 125, with Elm Street straight ahead, circa 1930.

History

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 soldiers 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, O.S.A. A native of Lawrence, Massachusetts, 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:

  • McQuade Library
  • Five academic buildings, including Crowe Hall and the Gregor Johann Mendel, O.S.A., Science Engineering and Technology Center
  • Gladys Sakowich Campus Center
  • Rogers Center for the Arts
  • Merrimack Athletics Complex
  • Austin Hall
  • Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher
  • Student apartment buildings, townhouses and residence halls
  • Louis H. Hamel Health Center

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

Watch a brief video (approximately six minutes) on the life St. Augustine.

  • 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.