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A Proud and Contributing Member of the Community

Since its founding in 1947, Merrimack College has played an important role in the overall growth and well-being of the Merrimack Valley region.

Merrimack has evolved into a residential college with 80% of our students living on campus. We are both an environment for learning as well as a community within the Merrimack Valley, and we work diligently to be a contributing and good-standing member of the community. A charitable 501c3 nonprofit organization, Merrimack makes significant contributions to the economic, educational, recreational, religious and human service needs of the area and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The 2008-2009 Community Benefit Report provides an overview of Merrimack’s contributions to our local communities. In addition:

  • Merrimack helps to generate economic activity by attracting hundreds of visitors to the Merrimack Valley every year through admission activities, conferences, athletic events, alumni and class reunion events, and more. These visitors eat in local restaurants, stay in local hotels, purchase gas, etc.
  • Merrimack students and faculty members also generate economic activity in the Merrimack Valley and surrounding communities. This spending is in the areas of food, entertainment, personal services (hair and dry-cleaning), clothing, school supplies, medical/professional, banking, automobile/gasoline, etc.
  • Our students are important resources to the community. More than 8000 hours of community service was performed last year by our students throughout the Merrimack Valley.  Still others participate in traffic, parking and other municipal studies.
  • Hundreds of area businesses benefit from cooperative education and internships placements of Merrimack students, as well as hiring of new graduates.
  • We are a public space for area residents, inviting them to attend educational, cultural, athletic and other events, as well as to use the McQuade Library and our observatory.