January Orientation for Resident Students

January Orientation for Resident Students

We are excited to officially welcome our newest class of Merrimack Warriors to campus!
Looking for a different Orientation session? Commuter | International

Schedule of Events

As a new residential student, we have a full calendar of January Orientation activities planned to help you get acclimated, provide a chance to meet your fellow Warriors and to have some fun. Reference the calendar below to guide you through the daily sessions, both in person and virtually. Check your Merrimack email for a message about your group from your Orientation Leader – it will provide specific instructions on your group number, locations and more. If you have any questions, contact your Orientation Leader or email orientation@merrimack.edu.

Blessing for Students and Their Families on Move-In Day
Female: pdf | video
Male: pdf | video

Prepare for Orientation

Friday, January 13, 2023
TimeEvent Details
2:30-5:15 p.m.

Student Check In- McQuade Library

Students will check in with Admission staff, Hamel Health Center staff, receive their Merrimack ID Card, and pick up their iPad. Residential Students will also move into their residence halls during this time.

5:15-5:30 p.m.Orientation Kick Off- McQuade Auditorium, McQuade Library
5:30-7 p.m.Dinner- Sparky’s, Sakowich Campus Center
7 p.m.

Men’s Ice Hockey Game- Lawler Ice Rink

Join the Orientation Team as we support our Warriors on the ice as they play Providence College. Tickets will be provided.

Saturday, January 14, 2023
Time Event Details
9 a.m. Breakfast- Sparky’s, Sakowich Campus Center
8:30-9:45 a.m.

Student and Family Check In- McQuade Library

Students that could not join us on Friday will check in with Admission staff, Hamel Health Center staff, and receive their Merrimack ID Card.

9:45-10 a.m.

Welcome- McQuade Auditorium, McQuade Library

Orientation kicks off with a welcome by Merrimack College leadership and our Orientation Team! Become immersed in the Merrimack culture and community and learn why every day is a great day to be a Warrior!

10-10:30 a.m.

Mission and Merrimack- McQuade Auditorium, McQuade Library

Join Fr. Ray Dlugos, vice president of mission and ministry, in this session to learn more about the Augustinian values upon which Merrimack was founded as expressed in the College’s Mission and Vision Statement, and the pivotal role that it plays on campus every day. After this session, students will go to their sessions with their Orientation Team Leaders.

10:30-noon

First Year Student Experience- Crowe 207

Transfer Student Experience- Crowe 208

International Student Experience- Crowe 209

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Decompression Zone- Hub 102

Opportunity for students who are feeling overwhelmed to take a break and practice some wellness activities before rejoining the Orientation sessions or groups.

noon-1 p.m.

Assistant Deans Meet and Greet Lunch – Cascia Hall

Dine over lunch with the Academic Assistant Deans of the College.

1-1:45 p.m

Educated Choices – Hub 101

Students will learn more about the College’s Policies and ways to support your time at Merrimack from our Assistant Dean of Students along with our Wellness Educator & CARE Coordinator.

1:45-3 p.m.

MCPD / Emergency Preparedness – Hub 101

Campus safety is a priority at Merrimack College. The Merrimack College Police Department will share safety strategies and services that are available on campus.

3-3:45 p.m. Counseling and Wellness Education- Hub 101
Transitioning to a new college experience is exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. Our Counseling and Wellness Education team will share some tips and tricks to keep health as a priority during this transition.
4-5 p.m.

Unpacking Identities – Hub 101

Our Assistant Dean of Intercultural Initiatives will lead us in this educational session on diversity, equity and inclusion on our campus. Campus resources will be provided at this session.

5-6 p.m.

Residence Life and Commuter Student Social – Cascia

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of being a commuter or residential student. This session will be facilitated by members of our Residence Life staff, Commuter Student support staff and fellow students.

6-7 p.m.

Dinner & Unity House Open Hours – Sparky’s & Unity House

Join your Orientation group for dinner in Sparky’s and then visit Unity House. The Unity House promotes diversity and multiculturalism across campus.

8-10 p.m.

Late Night Social- 47 Lounge

Join fellow students and members of the Orientation Team for snacks, games, trivia and a movie.

 
Sunday, January 15, 2023
TimeEvent Details
9 a.m.Breakfast- Sparky’s, Sakowich Campus Center
9:30-10:30 a.m.

What Does It Mean to Be a Warrior Part 1- Hub 101

This session will assist you in exploring who you are and the Merrimack College community you will be joining.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Decompression Zone – Hub 102

Opportunity for students who are feeling overwhelmed to take a break and practice some wellness activities before rejoining the Orientation sessions or groups.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

What Does It Mean to Be a Warrior Part II – Hub 101

The best way to learn about being a Warrior is to hear from fellow Warriors! Student leaders will share how they have explored who they are and helped make change on campus through their leadership experiences.

11:30 a.m-12:15 p.m.

Academic Preparedness – Hub 101

This session is filled with important information for your academic success at Merrimack including; how to read your academic schedule, understanding how advising works and more to prepare you for a successful spring semester. 

12:15-1:30 p.m.Lunch-Sparky’s, Sakowich Campus Center
1:30-3 p.m.

Group Time | Various Locations

Wrap up your Orientation session by meeting with your Orientation Leaders. Ask questions and discuss opportunities that will be helpful to you as a new student such as the Involvement Fair, CORQ app and Community Coffees. Orientation Leaders can also answer questions to help get you excited for classes to start on Tuesday such as textbooks and a tour for class locations.

5-6 p.m.Dinner- Sparky’s, Sakowich Campus Center
8-10 p.m.

Late Night Social- 47 Lounge

Join fellow students and members of the Orientation Team for snacks, video games, board games and football game viewing.

 


Connect With Us

Social Media

Get to know your future classmates and stay up to date on what’s happening at Merrimack.
Class of 2026 Facebook group
Office of Student Involvement Instagram

Campus Events Calendar

Programming throughout the fall to connect with your new classmates.
View the Campus programming calendar

 

Mack Chat: Ask Me Anything!

Our chatbot, Mack, is your go-to for any questions you have. You ask! We’ll answer! (Tip: look at the bottom right corner of this page.)

 

Meet the Team

Our Orientation team is here for you. Stay in touch – we can’t wait to see you in person!
Meet the Team