Benefits Galore

Joining the Honors Program entitles students to a wide range of opportunities for fostering community, engaging in service, participating in research, and growing into leadership. These include:

Honors Program Scholarship

  • Upon admission to the college, every invited entering first-year student who commits to the honors program by May 1 will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship. The award is renewable each year the student remains in good standing in the honors program.

Small Classes

  • Small, dynamic classes with some of the Merrimack’s most experienced professors.

Research Opportunities 

  • One-on-one research opportunities with professors in a student’s major.

  • Opportunities to present research at national and regional conferences.

Specialized Advising

  • Special honors advising in addition to student’s academic adviser.

  • Peer mentoring from upperclass students.

Priority Registration

  • Honors students register for classes before their peers.

Research and Travel Grants

  • Honors students can apply for research and travel grants through the Honors Program. These monies may be used to fund summer internships, study-abroad opportunities, and research or credit-bearing travel experiences.

Career/Graduate School

  • Guaranteed internships or co-ops on or off-campus.

  • Automatic admission into many Merrimack master’s programs with continued Honors status.


  • Co-curricular and extracurricular events throughout the year (banquet, plays, concerts, etc).
  • Honors Student Council
  • Opportunities to participate in service with other Honors students.

The Honors Commons

Honors Housing

Graduation Recognition 

  • Honors graduates will wear an Honors Program Medallion and the Honors Program seal will be noted on diplomas to signify a student’s achievement.