Orientation FAQs

We’ve learned a lot this past year about how to keep campus safe - and we will continue that commitment to keeping your orientation safe - and fun! See below for some of the most common questions we’re asked about Orientation. And if you have any additional questions, contact our team at orientation@merrimack.edu.

When is the deadline to register for Orientation?

Students should register for Orientation via MackTasks by June 9. Students are also able to change their session via MackTasks until this date. If students need to change their session date after June 9 please email orientation@merrimack.edu.

Need help accessing your MackTasks? Start here!

Is Orientation mandatory?

Yes! Orientation is required for all new students to Merrimack including transfer students.

Is there a fee to attend Orientation?

Merrimack College Orientation is free to students! Unlike many other institutions, there is no fee to attend any of our Orientation sessions or programs.

Am I allowed to park on campus for Orientation?

Cars are allowed on campus and no decal is required. We will direct you to where you need to park.

What do you require in order to attend a single day session when it comes to COVID safety protocols?

You are not required to show a negative test or record of vaccinations. Please note that all unvaccinated people on campus must adhere to the CDC and Mass DPH regulations and wear a face-covering inside and outside.

I have a conflict with the Orientation dates. What should I do?

We’ve planned a variety of options for Orientation over a two week span, so we hope one of them works with your schedule. If not, please contact orientation@merrimack.edu.

Are masks required on campus?

All unvaccinated people on campus must adhere to the CDC and Mass DPH regulations and wear a face-covering inside and outside.

I live outside of the US. Should I sign up for virtual?

Yes!  We encourage our international students to join our virtual session date on June 29. Sign up on MackTasks. Sessions will be recorded if students are not able to join live.

Staying Overnight 

What do you require in order to stay overnight when it comes to COVID safety protocols?

If you are staying over for orientation, please send either a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of arrival OR proof of full vaccination to orientation@merrimack.edu before arrival.

What should I pack?

We recommend bringing a pillow, reusable water bottle, bedding/sleeping bag, towel, toiletries, and a fan.

I’m staying overnight. Will I have a roommate?

Yes! When arriving on campus, you will be assigned a double room with a classmate. If there is someone you would like to room with, simply check in together or let our team know at check in, and we’ll take care of the rest. If you have questions, contact orientation@merrimack.edu.

Family Orientation

I’m not sure what session my student is signed up for.

No problem, just contact orientation@merrimack.edu and we can help you out. It’ll help to know when your student is signed up for - because we encourage you to come to that same session as well.

I’m a parent and want to come to Orientation. What session should I choose?

We encourage you to pick the same session that your student will be on campus. If you’re not sure what session your student is signed up for, just contact orientation@merrimack.edu and we can help you out. It’ll help to know when your student is signed up for - because we encourage you to come to that same session as well.

Should I stay in the area while my student is at Orientation? What is there to do?

You should come to Orientation, too! We have a whole schedule just for parents. Take a look around, visit downtown Andover, grab some dinner, and get acclimated with life around campus. And, if you’re student is staying overnight, here is a list of hotels in the area. 

What overnight accommodations should parents make?

Here is a list of hotels in the area with special Merrimack rates. There are no on-campus accommodations for family members.

How many parents can attend orientation? Can my siblings come?

You can bring 2 parents or family members to orientation. We ask that siblings stay home, just for this! (don’t worry - we’ll get the entire family back to campus this fall!)

What do you require in order to attend a single day session when it comes to COVID safety protocols?

You are not required to show a negative test or record of vaccinations. Please note that all unvaccinated people on campus must adhere to the CDC and Mass DPH regulations and wear a face-covering inside and outside.