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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for Orientation?
First things first: let Merrimack know that you’re coming here by paying your enrollment deposit. Have you already done that? Terrific! We can’t wait to meet you!

Even though the enrollment deposit deadline isn’t until May 1, starting April 17, the Office of Admission will email all deposited students with instructions to set up MyMack, your student portal. You should receive an email within 2 days of depositing. If you don’t get an email please email the Office of Admission 

Once you have enrolled in the Merrimack Password Management system, you will be able to:

  1. log into MyMack
  2. select MackTasks from your top menu bar
  3. register for Orientation

I see Session I on June 20-21 is full. What if that is the only session I can attend?
Please contact us by phone at 978-837-5175 or by email if you are unable to attend Orientation Session II or III.

Do family members attend Orientation?
Yes, but family members are not required to attend. The first day of Orientation has special sessions for family members. When you complete the Summer Orientation Registration form, we will ask you how many family members will attend.

Is Orientation mandatory?
Orientation is your official welcome to college and for you to prepare for your transition to Merrimack. Orientation is also a time to meet some of your classmates and learn everything you can about Merrimack. We will make attendance exceptions in cases of significant travel, extreme hardship or emergency. Please contact us by phone at 978-837-5175 or by email if you are unable to attend Orientation.

I am a commuter. Do I have to attend Orientation?
Yes! Our Orientation program is designed for all incoming students. Both commuter and resident students will stay one night in our residence halls during the two-day Orientation program.

I am a transfer student. Is there any special programming for me?
Summer Orientation is for all new students. Feel free to connect with us at if you need more information on this session.

What is the Summer Orientation program schedule?
Summer Orientation is a two-day program. The first day has student and family programming and the second day is exclusively student programming. Only students spend the night on campus.

  • Session I: June 20-21
  • Session II: June 25-26
  • Session III: July 16-17

Living Learning Check In: 9 a.m.
Opens at 9 a.m. for students interested in, or already part of, one or more of the following Living Learning Communities:

  • Austin Scholars
  • Global Leadership
  • iTec
  • Warriors at Work
  • Women in STEM

These meetings will take place between 10am – 11am

General Check In: 9:30 a.m.
For all other students, Check-In begins at 9:30am. Summer Orientation programming officially kicks off at 11 a.m.!

Where is check-in?
Check-in is set up in St. Clare Court located between our Deegan and Ash Residence Halls. There will be signage and staff directing you to this location when you arrive on campus.

What should I pack for Summer Orientation?

  • Comfortable clothing and footwear
  • Layers – this is New England! We recommend windbreakers and rain coats as well
  • Something for notes - pen & paper or your cell phone
  • Your driver’s license, passport, or other form of photo ID
  • Any health forms you still need to turn in
    (email Hamel Health with questions)
  • A pillow and either sheets and a blanket or a sleeping bag.
  • Shower sandals, towel, and toiletries
  • Phone charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle

Can I bring my own car?
Yes, new students are welcome to bring their own cars and park overnight on campus. We will direct you to the appropriate parking lots as you arrive to campus.

How will I register for classes?
How Merrimack approaches your first semester course registration

Complete your Academic Interest Form, Math Placement Exam and Language Placement Exam as soon as possible in order for us to create your schedule!

Do you have accommodations for family members?
We have a relationships with a number of area hotels listed below. Some simply require you letting them know what you are here for while others you will be required to provide a code. Please contact us by phone at 978-837-5175 or by email.

  • Courtyard by Marriott
    10 Campanelli Dr.
    Andover, MA 01810
  • Holiday Inn Express
    (please call 978-837-5175 for the current discount code)
    224 Winthrop Ave
    Lawrence, MA 01843
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites
    (please call 978-837-5175 for the current discount code)
    131 River Road
    Andover, MA 01810
  • Sonesta ES Suites
    4 Tech Drive
    Andover, MA 01810
  • Springhill Suites
    550 Minuteman Road
    Andover, MA 01810

Other resources:

Contact Information

Office of Student Affairs