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Admitted Student Day Sets Attendance Record

February 09, 2018
Merrimack’s first Admitted Student Day of the new year was an overwhelming  success, officials said, as a record 690 prospective students came to campus for sessions with faculty, current students and admission staff.

The number— which topped 1,700 when figuring in family members who accompanied their student — represents an increase of more than 35 percent over last year’s first ASD event.

Dean of Admission Darren Conine opened the event by welcoming a packed theater of future Warriors.

“Admitted Student Day is really about students finding their fit on where to attend for the next four years,” Conine said. “We are very fortunate that the entire Merrimack community comes out to support these students in this important decision, and we hope to welcome them into our community this fall.”

Next, current Merrimack student Lauren Emmons ’18 led a talk-show-style panel discussion on stage at the Rogers Center for the Arts. The panel featured five faculty members — one from each of Merrimack’s schools: Roselita Fragoudakis, science and engineering; Daniel Herda, liberal arts; Benjamin Larkin, business Julianna Cohen, health sciences; and Kate Kurkel, education and social policy.

Each school also hosted an academic colloquium in which faculty and current students offered information about various departments to admitted students and their families. Academic student organizations were also present to answer questions.

After the colloquium, students participated in a “student confidential” — a question-and-answer session led by orientation coordinators, the student government president and admission ambassadors. At the same time, their families attended a parent and family social led by Vice Provost Jonathan Lyon, who led a toast congratulating them on their students’ admission to Merrimack.

Upcoming ASD events are scheduled for April 8 and 15.

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