January Orientation

January 2023 Orientation

Merrimack College’s January Orientation program is an opportunity for incoming students to get settled before classes start.

Welcome to Orientation

January Orientation is designed for all incoming new students and takes place after Move-In Day. Our program offers various activities, presentations and opportunities for you to get to know your classmates and available campus resources. You’ll meet with our student staff of Orientation Leaders while settling into life as a Merrimack student.

Key Dates

  • Friday, Jan. 13: New student move-in for residential students and check in for commuter students
  • Saturday, Jan. 14: Late check in between 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. in the McQuade Library.
  • Saturday, Jan. 14 – Sunday, Jan. 15: January Orientation program

Select Your Orientation

Resident Students
Commuter Students
International Students


If you will be attending January Orientation, please Register in MackTasks. All new students including Commuter students are expected to attend.

A final schedule for each of these populations is linked above.

Orientation Highlights

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion session
  • Review of campus safety and policies
  • Academic preparedness session
  • Commuter sessions
  • Residence hall floor meetings
  • Group time with Orientation Leaders and fellow incoming students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates for January Orientation?

New student Orientation will be held on January 14 and January 15. This includes new first-year students and transfer students.

International students will also participate in new student orientation and have their own sessions. 

How do I sign up for January Orientation?

Sign ups are via myMack under the student’s MackTasks.

When will I receive my MackCard?

All new students who participate in Orientation will receive their MackCard when they arrive on campus in January. 

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

To know these details students can visit their degree audit located on myMack as well as set up an appointment with their Advisors to go over these details. Every student at Merrimack is given an Academic Advisor in order to help with questions like this. You can find your Advisor’s name by also looking under Student Info on myMack.

Is there a cost for January Orientation?

There is no cost for January Orientation.