Application Process

Merrimack students are passionate about learning, care about their community and want to make a difference in the world.

We seek students best suited to take advantage of everything Merrimack has to offer.

Accordingly, Merrimack’s admission committee considers every aspect of a student’s application and credentials, including the following:

  • Academic achievement
  • Strength of curriculum
  • Community involvement
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Interview (recommended) Register online
  • Transfer application through Merrimack or the Common Application
  • Essay
  • References

For additional information, please refer to the Merrimack College application guide.

Application Deadlines

 Transfer Period Deadline Admission Decision
Transfer for fall semester priority deadline March 15 Rolling (beginning in March)
Transfer for fall semester regular deadline Aug. 15 Rolling (beginning in March)
Transfer for spring semester priority deadline Nov. 15 Rolling (beginning in October)
Transfer for spring semester regular deadline Jan. 6 Rolling (beginning in October)

Transfer Credits

As a prospective transfer student, you are encouraged to review your possible transfer credit equivalencies.

Check your transfer credits

Completing Your Application

In order for a transfer application to be considered complete, the following items are required:

  • Transfer application through either Merrimack or the Common Application. Please submit only one version of the application, not both.
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended.
  • Course catalog/course descriptions from each college/university attended.
  • A current letter of recommendation.
  • Your college essay, as outlined on the Common Application.
  • Transfer College Report.
  • Midterm report, if final grades are not yet available.
  • U.S. permanent residents are required to submit a photocopy (both sides) of alien registration card.
  • High school transcripts are required if less than one year (fewer than 30 semester hours of credit) of college coursework has been completed.

For International Students

International student applications also require proof of English proficiency:

  • Test scores must be sent directly from the testing authority or institution.
  • All international applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency if English is not their native language.
  • If you meet all the requirements except for English proficiency, Merrimack College has conditional acceptance options.

English proficiency to satisfy Merrimack College’s requirement can be demonstrated by the following:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based), with no subset score lower than 18 for all students whose native language is not English.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no band below 6.0) for all students whose native language is not English.
  • A minimum SAT Critical Reading score of 500 or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 510.
  • A minimum PTE Academic score of 53.
  • A minimum ACT composite score of 23.