Orientation FAQs

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.

Fall Orientation

Is Fall Orientation mandatory?

Yes, Fall Orientation is mandatory for all new Merrimack students to attend. New residential students move onto campus a few days prior to upperclassmen, so the first week is all about getting you ready for your first semester at Merrimack.

When is Fall Orientation and what can I expect?

Fall Orientation begins after move-in day and runs during the last week of August from the 25th to the 29th. Orientation will allow you to reunite with your Orientation Leaders, attend info sessions and settle into your new life here at Merrimack!

When do I move into my Residence Hall?

First-year and Transfer Student move-in day is on Wednesday, August 25th. Our Orientation and Residence Life staff will be there to help you and your family move into your hall as soon as you arrive on campus. Move information regarding the move-in process and what your first day will look like will be announced in mid-August. Check back soon!

Can I bring my parents, family and guardians to Orientation?

While we don’t have a formal program for parents, families and guardians during Fall Orientation, your loved ones, if fully vaccinated, are welcome and encouraged to join you for move in day and help you get acclimated to your new home.

Is there a fee for Fall Orientation?

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