Application Process

Transferring to Merrimack

We look forward to reviewing your application! And there is no fee to apply! Start (or continue) your application below (choose one) and get in touch with us at if you have any questions.

Have you previously applied to Merrimack? Contact us at to inquire about reactivating your application!

Transfer Deadlines

You can apply for either a fall (August) or spring (January) start. When would you like to begin?

Early ActionMarch 15Within a week of application completionRolling (based on time of admission)
RollingMarch 16-August 15Within a week of application completionRolling (based on time of admission)
Early ActionNovember 15Starting late-October and then within a week of application completionRolling (based on time of admission)
RollingNovember 16 – January 6Starting late-November and then within a week of application completionRolling (based on time of admission)

Transfer Checklist

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

  • Common Application or Merrimack Application (no fee to apply)
  • Your college essay, topic of your choice as outlined in either the Common Application and Merrimack Application.
  • Official final high school, GED or high school equivalency transcripts are required if applying to nursing or less than one year (fewer than 24 credits) of college coursework has been completed.
    • International college transcripts must be evaluated through WES, SpanTran, ECE, or CED. A course-by-course evaluation must be sent directly to the institution from one of these evaluation agencies in order to be considered official.
  • A current letter of academic or professional recommendation.
  • Transfer College Report,  PDF version (We will also accept the Common Application Transfer College Report.)
  • U.S. permanent residents are required to submit a photocopy (both sides) of alien registration card.

Please note the following may be requested during the application review process:

  • Midterm grade report, if final grades are not yet available.
  • Course descriptions and course syllabi.


For International Students

International student applications also require proof of English proficiency:

  • All international applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency if English is not their native language
  • Test scores must be sent directly from the testing authority/institution
  • Test must be completed within the past two years
  • If you meet all the requirements except for English Proficiency, Merrimack College has Conditional Admission options

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

  • Minimum Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 110
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) with no subset score lower than 18
  • Minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no band below 6.0)
  • Minimum SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 510
  • Minimum PTE Academic score of 53
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 23
  • Minimum GTEC score of 1200
  • Minimum Grade of “C” in IGCSE O-level English
  • Minimum Grade of “C” in a college-level course that has been evaluated by Merrimack College and deemed a transfer equivalent to ENG1050-Intro to College Writing (formerly FYW1050)
  • If you feel that you have demonstrated English proficiency in a way not mentioned above, please contact us at, to discuss meeting our requirements.

Submit a declaration of finances form and notarized bank letter.

Download the International Student Declaration of Finances Form

In addition to submitting Merrimack’s Declaration of Finances, we require a letter from your bank certifying available funds. If we have all these materials at time of decision, including a valid copy of your passport, we will be able to supply your I-20 with your offer of admission.

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What We Consider

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


Nursing Requirements 

In order to be considered for Merrimack’s Nursing Program, transfer applicants must:

  • have a grade of C or better in high school and college-level science classes
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all college-level coursework
  • plan to spend at least 3.5 years in the program and complete all relevant nursing coursework at Merrimack


Transfer Credits

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

Check your transfer credits


After you apply 

You applied! Nice work! Once you submit your application, you will receive an email with further instructions to log in to you 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

Mailing Information

Transcripts, recommendations, and Declaration and Certification of Finances forms, and any other admission materials that are not submitted online, should be mailed to:

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