Undergraduate Admission

Application Process

Still time to apply to Merrimack

It’s not too late to apply for the Fall 2023 semester. We’re excited to learn more about you. Start (or continue) your application below and get in touch with us at admission@merrimack.edu if you have any questions.

Start or Continue

And a bonus? There is NO fee to apply to Merrimack! And test scores are NOT required as part of your application for admission. Our philosophy is that we want to learn about YOU – your goals, interests and why you’re a great fit to join our Merrimack community. We look closely at your transcript and GPA to evaluate your academic performance and will not use test scores in this process.

Freshman Deadlines

Early Decision November 15 Mid December January 15
Early Action 1 November 15 Mid December May 1
Early Action 2 January 15 Early February May 1
Rolling February 1-August 1 Weekly starting on February 15 Rolling (based on time of admission)
Spring Semester January 6 Within a week of application completion Rolling (based on time of admission)

Learn more about the differences between applying early decision, early action and rolling admission.

Tip: The deadlines above are here to help as your guide to submitting your application. Now, it’s important to remember that Merrimack only requires your application by the deadline. The rest of your supporting documents can be submitted shortly after, and you can always reach out to your admission counselor if you need a little more time.

Freshman Checklist

In order for a freshman application to be considered “complete,” you must complete the following items:

  • Common Application (no fee to apply)
  • High school transcripts
  • Common Application Secondary School Report (SSR)
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor

We encourage you to submit first quarter or trimester grades and any supplemental documents you would like us to review. This can include additional recommendations or resumes. 

Applying as a transfer student?
Applying as an international student?


Nursing Application Checklist

  • Common Application(no fee to apply)
  • Official secondary school transcripts
  • Common Application Secondary School Report (SSR)
  • Two letters of recommendation from a school counselor and teacher (preferably a science or math teacher)

Standardized tests scores will not be required for students applying for nursing for the fall of 2023.

What We Consider

Merrimack’s Admission Committee considers every aspect of your application and credentials, including the following:

  • Academic achievement
  • Strength of curriculum
  • Community involvement
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Interview (recommended)
  • Common Application
  • Essay

Test Scores

We do not use test scores in our application review process. Instead, we look closely at your transcript, GPA and other application documents to evaluate your academic performance and fit.

Standardized tests scores will not be required for students applying for nursing for the fall of 2023.

After you apply

You applied! Nice work! Once you submit your application, you will receive an email with further instructions to log into your application portal. Through this application portal, you’ll be able to see if we are missing any items, update your information, view your documents, and check your application status. This is also where you will be informed of your admission decision.

Myth vs. Fact

There are a lot of misconceptions about the college admission process that can sometimes scare students away from applying. We want to help separate fact from fiction so you can feel good about applying to Merrimack.

Mailing Info

Admission-related materials not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Merrimack College
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845

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Important reminders:

  1. No test scores.
  2. No application fee.
  3. Your application will automatically be reviewed for a merit scholarship.