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Honors Program

Honors Program Benefits

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:

Small Classes

  • Small, dynamic classes with some of the Merrimack’s most experienced professors.
  • Honors classes average 18 students per section.

Research Opportunities 

  • One-on-one research opportunities with professors in student’s major.
  • Opportunities to present research at conferences.

Specialized Advising

  • Special honors advising in addition to student’s academic adviser.
  • Peer mentoring from upperclass students.

Priority Registration 

  • Honors students may 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, research or credit-bearing travel experiences. 


  • 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 Program” will be noted on transcripts and diplomas to signify student’s achievement.

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 $1,000 scholarship. The award is renewable each year the student remains in good standing in the honors program.