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School of Science & Engineering

STEM Housing

Merrimack iTEC Housing offers a dedicated Living & Learning Community, complete with enriching STEM community activities and specially chosen Resident Advisors and Peer Mentors, for first-year Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering Students.

Benefits of the iTEC Living & Learning Community

Choose to live in a community where:

  • you will be part of our supportive environment living among other engineers and computer scientists;               
  • you will attend career workshops and seminars, tutoring sessions specifically for you               
  • you will participate in professional skill building sessions and social activities.

The iTEC Living & Learning Community at Merrimack College provides Engineering and Computer Science students with academically and socially focused living quarters in Deegan Hall, where students can live  and study together.

The iTEC Living & Learning Community will include:

  • Social programs: trivia night, game night, robotics competition, a talent show, and fieldtrips to local museums
  • Professional programing: career exploration, graduate school nights, resume writing workshops, summer internship exploration, career nights, alumni coffee socials, and visits to local research labs and technology companies
  • Service Learning: involvement in the Lawrence Math and Science partnership, Thinkfest!, and Merrimack’s Day of Service.

 

The iTEC Living & Learning Community was made possible by the Innovation through Engineering and Computer Science (iTEC) grant that the college recently received from the National Science Foundation. Read more about the grant by clicking here.

 

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Quotes regarding the success of Living Learning Communities:

  • “The data show that the first-year retention rate of students living in the Quad or Andrews Hall exceed that of students who lived elsewhere on campus 98.6 percent, respectively, vs. 78.0 percent for those students who lived elsewhere)” (American Society of Engineering Education, 2010, p.21).

  • “[Living Learning] participants do report higher scores than traditional residence hall students in a variety of key environmental measures, including positive interactions with peers and faculty, use of residence hall resources, perceptions of an academically and socially supportive residence hall climate, and positive peer diversity interactions” (National Study of Living-Learning programs, 2007,   p.VI-1).

  • “Studies show students are more likely to accomplish difficult tasks when engaged with individuals facing similar challenges”  (Roberts & Styron, Students Satisfaction and Persistence, Research in Higher Education Journal)