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Merrimack Admits Early Action/Early Decision Applicants

December 16, 2015
A record number of high school students applied early to attend Merrimack College, with the college releasing decisions Tuesday, Dec. 15.

“The record number of early action-early decision applications follows increased interest levels we have seen over the past year — with large numbers of visitors attending our on-campus and off-campus events,” said David Hautanen Jr., Vice President for Enrollment and Retention. “This growth continues the trend we’ve seen over the last five years of tremendous momentum and innovation at Merrimack.”

Admission decisions were released through an online portal, with admission packets subsequently mailed home.

This year, the admission leadership also hand-delivered the good news to students who applied early action or early decision at Andover and North Andover high schools. Admitted students were personally welcomed to the Merrimack community by Hautanen, Darren Conine, the associate vice president for admission, and a number of admission counselors.

“It was thrilling to see the looks on students’ faces as David delivered the news. This was a terrific experience for our admitted students, the high schools of our host communities, and Merrimack,” Conine said.

For the second straight year, Money Magazine named Merrimack to its list of Top 50 schools that “add the most value” to students’ degrees, and U.S. News & World Report ranked Merrimack in its Top 10 for the fifth straight year.

The School of Science and Engineering admitted the most in this cycle, at 35 percent; 28 percent were admitted to the School of Liberal Arts, 22 percent to the Girard School of Business and 15 percent to the School of Education and Social Policy.

Fifty-nine percent of applicants were from Massachusetts, 25 percent from New England, 10 percent from the Mid-Atlantic states, and 6 percent from across the United States and internationally.

Merrimack is inviting 506 of the early action and early decision students to join the Honors Program. Another 44 students were offered admission into the Compass program, which offers intensive student support.

During the application review process, the admission committee considered multiple factors, including academic achievement, strength of curriculum, community involvement, extracurricular activities, interviews with college officials, the Common Application, essay and references.

Admitted Student Day is scheduled for Feb. 6, where admitted students and their families will meet with faculty and prospective classmates while learning about campus life.

Merrimack is accepting regular decision applications until Feb. 15, with admission decisions to be released in March.


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