The Four Pillars

Every aspect of the the honors program — academic, extracurricular and social — is organized around what we call the Four Pillars of a Merrimack honors education: community, service, research and leadership.

Community

Learning is best and most lasting when it is done in the company of friends. Merrimack honors seeks students who strive to excel and who challenge, support and celebrate one another in their efforts to do so.

Service

What we learn finds its greatest value in the ways it benefits others. In a college nationally recognized for service, the students in Merrimack honors participate in — and often take the lead in — service projects that enrich the classroom, the campus and the larger community.

Research

To effect meaningful change in today’s world requires a knowledge that is both deep (disciplinary expertise) and aware of connections to other fields (interdisciplinary competence). The Merrimack honors curriculum is designed so that our students practice and master essential research skills in their chosen field, while always keeping in mind the larger picture, in all its scientific, social and human complexity.

Leadership

Merrimack honors imparts the skills needed for true leadership. Through opportunities ranging from topics in classroom discussions, to the Honors Student Council, to our emphasis on educating the whole person, we strive to prepare students for when they will no longer be students, in whatever their chosen field and way of life.