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Residence Life

Living Learning Communities

The Office of Residence Life, in collaboration with a variety of academic and administrative departments, offers five Living Learning Communities (LLCs) for first year students, and two LLCs for upperclassmen. LLCs are intentional living arrangements in which residents share common goals, engage in a common academic program, and participate in experiential learning.

Austin Scholars

The Austin Scholars Living Learning Community is open to first-year and Sophomore residential students who have shown exemplary leadership and service in their community. This living learning community combines traditional learning, reflection, and weekly service in Merrimack’s neighboring communities.

Learn more about the Austin Scholars.

Global Leadership in Action

The Merrimack Global Leadership in Action Living Learning Community is a program open to first-year residential students in the School of Education and Social Policy (Education, Criminology, Human Development majors). Students will have an opportunity to learn about critical global problems, and will engage in service projects to address these issues in our community. Residents in this living learning community will develop their leadership skills through common course work, group activities and trips, service projects, and experiential learning.


The Merrimack College Honors Program offers two Living Learning Communities - one for first year students, and one for upperclassmen. These communities were established so that honors students can immediately become part of a community of learners and leaders. Inspired by St. Augustine, the Honors Program believes that students learn best in the company of friends, and can become leaders while engaged in all of the social and co-curricular opportunities that arise while living together with a common purpose.

Learn more about the Honors Program.


The Innovation Through Engineering and Computing (iTEC) Living Learning Community is designed to help first year students thrive in engineering and computer science majors at Merrimack college. As part of this living learning community, students will be part of a supportive environment, living among peers who are engineering and computer science majors, attend specialized workshops and seminars, have free access to tutoring and review sessions, and participate in professional skill building sessions and many engaging social activities. All first year engineering and computer science students will be enrolled in the LLC, unless they specifically opt out.

Learn More about iTEC.

Women in STEM

The Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Living Community is a Living Community which is designed for women students to connect, explore and share their interest and enthusiasm for science and technology. By building a community of peers, the students can support each other academically and socially. Open to first-year female students of all science, math, and engineering majors, including all health sciences (nutrition, athletic training, etc.) and STEM education, this LLC has a community service component to serve as group leaders and mentors for Science Club for Girls after-school program in Lawrence (once/week for 10 weeks, fall or spring) and will include guest speakers in STEM and an exploration of career options.