January Orientation for Students

January Orientation for Students

We are excited to officially welcome our newest class of Merrimack Warriors to campus! As a new 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 have some fun.

  • Questions

    Contact your Orientation Leader or email us

  • Blessing for Students & Families on Move-in Day

    Female: pdf & video; Male: pdf & video

Next Steps

  1. Review the calendar below to guide you through the daily sessions.
  2. 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.

January Orientation 2024 Student Schedule

Monday, January 15, 2024



12-3 p.m.

Student and Family Check In  - McQuade Library 

Residential students living on campus will check in with Admission staff, Hamel Health Center staff, receive their Merrimack ID Card, pick up their iPad and move into their residence halls. 

2:45 p.m.

Meet with your group leader at the Warrior’s Den                        

3 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Game - Hammel Court

Join the Orientation Team as we support our Warriors on the court as they play Providence College.

5:30-7 p.m.

Dinner with Groups - Sparky’s

Students will attend dinner with members of the Orientation Team.

*Go to hub and then break into groups*

7 p.m.

Group Time - Crowe Classrooms 

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 prepared for classes to start on Wednesday such as textbooks and a tour for class locations. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2024



8-9 a.m.

Breakfast with Groups - Sparky’s

All Student and Family Check In - McQuade Library    

Residential students that could not join us on Monday will check in with the Office of Admission and Hamel Health Center staff, as well as receive their Merrimack ID cards.

9-9:15 a.m.

Welcome - McQuade Auditorium

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!                       

9:30-11 a.m.

Student Experience

  • First-Year Students - Crowe 207
  • Transfer Students - Crowe 208
  • International Students - Crowe 209

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Decompression Zone - Hub 102

Throughout the day, this space is available for students who are feeling overwhelmed to take a break and practice some wellness activities before rejoining the Orientation sessions or groups.

11-12 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.

12-1 p.m.

Assistant Deans Meet and Greet Lunch - Crowe Executive Room

Enjoy lunch with the Academic Assistant Deans of the College. 

1-2 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. 

2:15-3:45 p.m.

What Does It Mean to Be a Warrior Part I and Part II- Hub 101

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

4-4:45 p.m.

Residence Life and Commuter Student Social - Crowe Executive Room

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.  

5-7 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- Hub 101

Join fellow students and members of the Orientation Team for snacks,

games, trivia and a movie.