Sharing Common Goals

The Office of Residence Life offers a number of living-learning communities for first-year students and upperclassmen.

What is a living-learning community?

Living-learning communities (LLCs) are intentional living arrangements where residents share common goals, engage in a common academic program and participate in hands-on learning. 

Merrimack offers a variety of LLCs, including:

Austin Scholars LLC

As an Austin Scholar, you’ll celebrate Merrimack’s Augustinian roots by serving those in need in the surrounding communities of Lawrence and Lowell. Through service to others, study and learning, and living together in a community, you’ll explore your own personal values, ideals and spirituality. Events throughout the year are designed to help you deepen your self-awareness and the meaning of life. 

Eligibility

Open to all majors — first-year, sophomore and junior residential students.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AUSTIN SCHOLARS

Contact Us

Sr. Jeanne Gribaudo
Director of Austin Scholars Program
gribaudoj@merrimack.edu
978-837-3509

Green LLC

Have a passion for the environment? Then join us in the Green living- learning community. We connect students who have a deep concern for the environment and sustainability. You will live together and share one fall course - with an option of a shared a spring semester course. You’ll take part in extracurricular activities surrounding environmental issues like climate change and campus greening. You may volunteer to work on environmental initiatives in the community. You will also be invited on field trips with Merrimack’s student group, the Green Team

Eligibility

Open to all residential freshmen.

Contact Us

Dr. Peter Ellard
ellardp@merrimack.edu
978-837-5755

Honors Program LLC

The Honors Program living-learning communities were established so that Honors students can immediately become part of a community of learners and leaders. Inspired by St. Augustine, we believe you’ll 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.

Eligibility

Offers two living-learning communities — one for first-year students and one for upperclassmen. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HONORS PROGRAM

Contact Us

Ellen McWhorter
Director of the Honors Program
mcwhortere@merrimack.edu
978-837-3423

iTEC LLC

The iTEC (Innovation Through Engineering and Computing) living-learning community is designed to help first-year students thrive in engineering and computer science majors. You’ll be part of an academically and socially supportive environment, living among your peers who are engineering and computer science majors. You’ll have access to tutoring and review sessions, participate in professional development sessions and engage in social activities. 

Eligibility

All first-year engineering and computer science students are included in iTEC unless they request otherwise.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ITEC

Contact Us

Maureen Sakakeeny
Director of Science and Engineering Programs
sakakeenym@merrimack.edu
978-837-5150

Jumpstart LLC

You’ll work with local schools and agencies to boost early literacy and school achievement as a member of the Jumpstart LLC. You’ll get training and experience in the field to improve your skills in fields such as elementary education, early childhood education and human development/human services. If you volunteer in the program for enough hours during the school year, an educational stipend may be available through the Jumpstart national program.

Contact Us

Russell Olwell
Associate Dean of Education
olwellr@merrimack.edu
978-837-5612

Nursing LLC

The Nursing living-learning community supports first-year nursing students as they learn together throughout their first year at Merrimack. You will participate in a common First-Year Experience Course as part of this community.

Eligibility

Open to all nursing majors.

Contact Us

Prof. Lynne Sheppard
sheppardl@merrimack.edu

Visual and Performing Arts LLC

As a member of the Visual and Performing Arts living-learning community, you’ll explore your own creativity and participate in a variety of artistic experiences. You’ll join creative groups and engage in classes and events designed to enrich your creativity. The Arts are a vibrant part of Merrimack College and living with other creative people will enrich your daily life and the entire campus community.

Eligibility

Open to all freshmen interested in the Arts. Preference will be given to students majoring in visual and performing arts and students in the marching band.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VPA LLC

Contact Us

Nancy Wynn, Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
wynnn@merrimack.edu
978-837-3343

W.E.L.L. House LLC

The W.E.L.L. (Wellness Engaged Living and Learning) House community approaches wellness from a holistic perspective. You will live with others who share similar interests in maintaining or starting a healthy lifestyle — physically, mentally and/or spiritually. 

Eligibility

Open to all residential students

Contact Us

Preston Croteau
Assistant Dean of Students
croteaup@merrimack.edu
978-837-3483

Women in Health Sciences LLC

The Women in Health Sciences living-learning community encourages first-year female students to connect and learn together throughout their first year studying the health sciences. You will participate in a common First-Year Experience Course on health literacy as part of this community.

Eligibility

Open to all health science majors, including exercise science, nutritional sciences, public health, rehabilitation sciences, undeclared health science, the 3+2 athletic training program and nursing. 

Contact Us

healthsciencesadvising@merrimack.edu
978-837-3527

Women in STEM LLC

The Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) living-learning community is designed for first-year female students to connect, explore and share their interest and enthusiasm for science and technology. By building a community of peers, you will support each other academically and socially. This LLC has a community-service component and features career exploration opportunities and visits from guest speakers in the STEM fields.

Eligibility

Open to women in all science, math and engineering majors.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WOMEN IN STEM

Maureen Sakakeeny
Director of Science and Engineering Programs
sakakeenym@merrimack.edu
978-837-5150