Honoring the Past, Looking to the Future


Merrimack College’s vision is to be a highly ranked, internationally respected, selective master’s, comprehensive Catholic college that is residential, student-centered, professionally focused and rigorous in the liberal arts, sciences and business.

We will advance this vision through excellence in classroom teaching and scholarship, diversity and globalization, development of professionally oriented graduate programs, investment in faculty, enhancement of student life and experiential learning, expansion of athletics, and refocusing our values on our Catholic roots and the teachings and principles of Saint Augustine.


Merrimack College was founded in 1947 in North Andover, Massachusetts, by the Order of St. Augustine. The Augustinians, at the invitation of Richard Cardinal Cushing, then archbishop of Boston, established the College as a direct response to the needs and aspirations of local G.I.s returning home from World War II.

Since that time, the now 220-acre Merrimack College has graduated nearly 22,000 students and grown to nearly 40 buildings including a 125,000-volume library, the Rogers Center for the Arts, the Merrimack Athletics Complex and the Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher. Students from across the United States and around the globe travel to attend Merrimack College.


Merrimack College embraces its mission to enlighten minds, engage hearts, and empower lives. Faithful to our Augustinian tradition, this mission calls us to actively engage the passion and emotion of our hearts with the discipline provided by intellect and reason.