Orientation Information and Schedules

Merrimack offers a customized international student orientation to help acclimate students academically, socially and culturally to campus. Students will be informed of all the resources available to them during orientation.

Each international student joining us for the fall 2018 semester will be assigned an international orientation leader, who is a Merrimack sophomore, junior or senior student. Your assigned leader will contact you prior to your arrival and act as a resource as you adjust to Merrimack and American culture. Your leader will accompany you to orientation and various activities throughout the year.

Students who will be living on-campus that are interested in purchasing items to be delivered can order online.

Undergraduate Schedule
Graduate Schedule

Important Dates

  • Mandatory Arrival and Check-In Date: August 29, 2018
  • International Orientation Date: August 30, 2018

Undergraduate Schedule

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Arrival Date to Campus

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    Check-In and SEVIS Registration, first floor - Sakowich Center
    • Representatives from different cell phone providers and banks will be here to help you set up cell phone plans and bank accounts.
    • Campus partners and services will also be here to help you with your additional needs.
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    MackCard and My Mack Registration, second floor- McQuade Library
  • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Math Placement Exam* (if needed), second floor - McQuade Library
  • 1 to 3 p.m.
    Campus Tour, Meet at first floor - Sakowich Center 
  • 2 to 5 p.m.
    Optional Shopping Trip, Meet at Cascia Hall 
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
    “What Makes a Warrior a Warrior,” 47 Lounge 
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
    Pizza, S’mores and Music, 47 Lounge 

Thursday, August 30, 2018
International Student Orientation

  • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 
    Breakfast and Overview, Warriors Den and Main Street - first floor of Sakowich Center
    • Representatives from different cell phone providers and banks will be here to help you set up cell phone plans and bank accounts.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Academic Orientation and First Year Experience, Alden Lab - third floor McQuade Library
  • 12 to 1 p.m.
    International Welcome Luncheon, Atrium - Rogers Center for the Arts
  • 1 to 2 p.m.
    Break in Schedule
    • Please note: Representatives from different cell phone providers and banks will be here to help you set up cell phone plans and bank accounts, first floor - Sakowich Center
  • 2 to 3 p.m.
    Health, Community and Safety, Stevens Auditorium - Cushing Hall 
  • 3 to 4 p.m.
    Library Tour and Academic Success Center, first floor lobby - McQuade Library 
  • 4 to 5 p.m.
    Maintaining F-1 Visa Status, Stevens Auditorium - Cushing Hall 
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Dinner, Cascia Patio
  • 8 to 9:30 p.m.
    Culture Show, Stevens Auditorium - Cushing Hall

Friday, August 31, 2018
International Student Orientation

  • 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
    Breakfast and Lunch, Sparky’s Dining Hall - Sakowich Center
  • 2:45 to 3 p.m.
    International Student Check-In with Fall Orientation

Graduate Schedule

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Arrival Date to Campus

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    Check-In and SEVIS Registration, first floor - Sakowich Center
    • Representatives from different cell phone providers and banks will be here to help you set up cell phone plans and bank accounts.
    • Campus partners and services will also be here to help you with your additional needs.
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    MackCard and My Mack Registration, first floor- McQuade Library
  • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Math Placement Exam* (if needed), second floor - McQuade Library
  • 1 to 3 p.m.
    Campus Tour, Meet at first floor - Sakowich Center 
  • 2 to 5 p.m.
    Optional Shopping Trip, Meet at Cascia Hall 
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
    “What Makes a Warrior a Warrior,” 47 Lounge 
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
    Pizza, S’mores and Music, 47 Lounge 

Thursday, August 30, 2018
International Student Orientation

  • 8 to 9:00 a.m. 
    Breakfast, Warriors Den and Main Street - first floor of Sakowich Center
    • Representatives from different cell phone providers and banks will be here to help you set up cell phone plans and bank accounts.
    • Campus partners and services will also be here to help you with your additional needs.
  • 9 to 10:30 a.m.
    Library Tour and Academic Success Center, McQuade Library
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m
    Academic Success, Merrimack Club
  • 12 to 1 p.m.
    International Welcome Luncheon, Atrium - Rogers Center
  • 1 to 2 p.m.
    Meet Your Advisors, Various Locations
    • School of Health Sciences - Room 310, O’Reilly Hall
    • Girard School of Business, Lucy Center - Crowe Hall
    • School of Science and Engineering, Room 167 - Mendel Hall
    • School of Liberal Arts, Room 16A - Cushing Hall
  • 2 to 3 p.m.
    Health, Community and Safety, Stevens Auditorium - Cushing Hall 
  • 3 to 4 p.m.
    Considering Your Career, Merrimack Club
  • 4 to 5 p.m.
    Maintaining F-1 Visa Status, Stevens Auditorium - Cushing Hall 
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
    New Graduate Student Welcome, Hammel Court - Merrimack Athletic Complex 
  • 8 to 9:30 p.m.
    Culture Show, Stevens Auditorium - Cushing Hall

Pre-arrival Guide for international students