School Counselors

We Help Students Find Their Fit

As a school counselor, you are often the first stop in a student’s journey to college. We value your partnership in the college admission process. Together, we have one very important goal in common: to help our students find the right fit so they will be happy, healthy and successful after high school.

We know how hard it can be to keep track of so many different schools and their application requirements, deadlines, academic offerings and more. To help, we’ve gathered everything you need to know about Merrimack on one page to keep you updated and informed quickly and easily.

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Applying to Merrimack is FREE!

Rolling Admission: In addition to our early decision and early action deadlines, we have implemented rolling admission to allow more time and flexibility in the application process.

Test Scores Not Required: We do not use test scores in our application review process. Instead, we look closely at transcripts, GPA and other application documents to evaluate college readiness and fit.

Pass/Fail Grades: Pass/fail grades and other such shifts in transcripts will be reviewed carefully and thoughtfully, with an understanding that each school’s response to COVID-19 has been different. We will also accept unofficial transcripts.

Learn More About Our Application Process

Required Materials

  • Common App
  • High school transcripts
  • Secondary school report
  • Recommendation letter(s)*

*Please Note: Due to the direct-entry nature of our nursing program, we require two letters of recommendation for all nursing applicants; one from the school counselor and one from a teacher (preferably math or science). All other majors only require one letter of recommendation. 

What We Consider

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

Reminder: Test scores are not required for fall 2023 applicants, and will not be considered during the review process. This includes nursing applicants.

Application Deadlines

Early Decision: November 15

Early Action 1: November 15

Early Action 2: January 15

Rolling: August 1

Decisions Released

Early Decision: mid-December

Early Action 1: mid-December

Early Action 2: mid-February

Rolling: Weekly after February 15

Academic Profile Class of 2026

GPA 3.5 – 4.0: 45%

GPA 3.0 – 3.4: 30%

GPA 2.5 – 2.9: 18%

GPA Below 2.5: 7%

GET STARTED WITH SLATE.ORG

Slate.org is a free tool for school counselors, independent counselors, and community-based organizations. It allows counselors to conveniently and securely upload application-related materials, track students’ status in the admission process and receive notice of their decisions. To register, simply visit Slate.org or email info@slate.org for more information. 

4,000 undergraduate students and 1,400 graduate students from 36 states and 42 countries
15:1 student to faculty ratio
22 average class size
97% career outcomes rate of 2021 graduates after nine months
25 miles to Boston
100+ academic programs
86% participation in internships and co-ops