Merrimack's Orientation Program

Get Ready for Merrimack!

We are excited to welcome you to Merrimack!  Our Orientation program is for all new first-year and transfer students and is a major step in getting ready for your time at Merrimack. It is typically offered in January, June and August. 

Missed June Orientation?

Register for a July in-person or virtual My Mack in Action session.

We’ll catch you up on what you missed at June Orientation. We’ll get you connected with campus offices and resources to make sure you’re ready for the Fall semester!

Reminder: All new students (residents and commuters) must participate in Orientation or My Mack in Action. You are also required to attend the August Orientation before your classes start.

Next Steps

June 2024 Orientation

Session Dates

  • You may choose a single-day session or spend the night on the Merrimack campus by selecting an overnight session.

  • All new students (residents and commuters) must participate in one June session. You are also required to attend the August Orientation before your classes start.

August 2024 Orientation

Fall 2024 Orientation is August 23-25. August Orientation is mandatory for all resident and commuter students. You should expect to be in sessions most of the day on these days. More information regarding the schedule will be available soon.

There is no cost to attend Merrimack's Orientation programs.

June 2024 Orientation Details

Orientation Dates

Single-Day Sessions: 6/11 & 6/20
Overnight Sessions: 6/12-13 & 6/17-18

Schedule of Events

Selecting your session date above will bring you to the day's schedule.

Mandatory Orientation

All new Merrimack students must attend, including transfer students and commuters.

Signing Up

Orientation Registration is one of your MackTasks!


There are no costs for students and families attending Orientation sessions.


Accommodations are available by contacting the Office of Accessibility Services.

What Our Orientation Leaders Are Saying

Lily Schaefer-Calderon
"At Orientation, it's okay to be completely yourself! It’s okay to be nervous about making new friends. But if you are just yourself, then I promise you’ll find your people!"
Lily Schaefer-Calderon ’23
Former Orientation Leader
Brian Dervin
"My favorite part of Orientation was being able to interact with the new students. We created a positive environment for them and made them feel comfortable attending Merrimack!"
Brian Dervin '22
Former Orientation Captain
"Come to Orientation with an open mind. If you go in with a positive outlook, you’ll leave with a positive outcome… I promise!"
Maddie Smith '22
Former Orientation Leader

FAQs About Your Transition to Merrimack

What is the adjustment like when you arrive at Merrimack?

Adjustments are different for everyone, especially in college and especially as a transfer student. Merrimack has many support systems to help you adjust to your new lifestyle. Some of the support systems include Hamel Health, The Counseling Center, the Academic Success Center, and Resident and Commuter Advisors.

How can I get involved on campus?

Getting to know your peers and the orientation staff is a great way to start connecting with different student organizations and clubs! The Office of Student Involvement also holds an involvement fair during the first couple weeks of the semester which is a great place to learn about what Merrimack has to offer. 

What are the weekends like at Merrimack?

Merrimack College prides itself on not being a suitcase school. Most students stay at Merrimack through the weekends and the Office of Student Involvement runs at least one program every weekend. 

Can I have a car on campus?

All commuter students are guaranteed on-campus parking. The Student Vehicle Registration Form is in MyMack> Quick Links. Resident students are welcome to complete the Student Vehicle Registration Application. However, parking spaces are not guaranteed and will be prioritized based on class year, students with approved accommodations from the Accessibility Services Office, and students with confirmed off-campus experiential-education placements. As a general rule, freshmen and sophomore resident students should not expect to have a vehicle on campus, and opportunities for juniors will be limited. 

When will I receive my MackCard?

You will receive your MackCard when you arrive on campus for Fall Orientation.  

How do I know if my credits transfer over to Merrimack and if classes count towards my major?

Please ensure your score reports or official transcripts with final grades are submitted electronically to Merrimack College by emailing More information about the transfer credit awarding process can be found on our Transfer Credit page. If you have any questions, please contact