Settle In

Merrimack College’s orientation program is an opportunity for incoming admitted students and their families to get settled on campus before the fall semester begins.

Fall Orientation

August 30 - September 2, 2019

Full Orientation Schedule - coming soon!

New students and family members are all invited to lunch in Sparky’s Dining Hall and the Welcome BBQ on Friday, August 30 from 4:30-7: 00 pm. The Welcome BBQ kicks off Fall Orientation for new commuter and resident students. Family members will be able to talk with staff, faculty and current students before student Orientation programming begins.

Resident Students

Move-In Day: New students will arrive on Friday, August 30. Move-in times are designated by building. You will move in at the designated time based on the following schedule:

  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Monican Centre
  • 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM: Ash Centre & The Townhouses 
  • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Deegan East & Deegan West 
  • 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: O’Brien Hall, Royal Crest, The St. Ann and St. Thomas Apartments, North Residential Village & South Residential Village
Before loading up your car, label your belongings with your name, residence hall, and room number.

You will need your MackCard to receive your keys  - so have it handy! If you do not have your MackCard, you will be directed to the Move-In Day MackCard station before receiving your keys (St. Thomas Apartments, Community Room). 
If you have any additional questions about move-in, please contact Residence Life: or  978.837.5507
Commuter Students
Please arrive for the start of Orientation and the Welcome BBQ on Friday, August 30 from 4:30-7: 00 pm. Commuter students will check in after the BBQ in Cascia Hall. All commuter students are part of the Commuter Student Association

Make sure to secure your parking pass before classes start! Contact the Office of Parking and Transportation with any questions. 

Friday, August 30

7:30am-4:00pm | Resident Student Move-In

7:30am-4:30pm | Mack Card Photos | iPad Pickup

9:30am-2:30pm| Breakfast and Lunch

3:30pm-4:15pm | Merrimack Legacy Welcome

4:30pm-7:00pm | Welcome BBQ for families and students

5:30pm-6:30pm | Dean’s Forum Meeting

7:00pm-7:30pm| Group Time*

7:30pm-8:00pm | Commuter Student Meeting*

7:30pm-8:30pm | Residence Hall Meetings*

8:30pm | St. Clare Court Carnival


*Mandatory Program

Saturday, August 31

7:30am | Breakfast

8:30am-10:00am | MackActs Part 1*

10:00am-1:00pm | Student Services Group Rotations

1:00pm | Campus Safety*

2:15pm | Hamel Health and Counseling

3:00pm | Merrimack Football vs. Virginia of Lynchburg
For families interested in attending the football game, purchase tickets by selecting General Admission and using the code PARENT2023.

5:00pm | Dinner 

6:00pm | MackActs Part II*

8:00pm | Meet Your Commuter Advisor | Meet Your Resident Advisor

9:00pm | Mind Reader Eric Dittelman


*Mandatory Program

Sunday, September 1

8:30am-11:30am | Brunch

9:15am | Group Time | Promise Program Meeting

11:00am | The Program: A Merrimack Tradition*

5:00pm | Dinner

6:00pm | Mass

7:00pm | Campus Ministry Ice Cream Social

8:00pm | First Class Bash


*Mandatory Program

Monday, September 2

8:00am | Breakfast

10:30am | Day Trip to Boston

4:00pm | Pioneer Scholars Meeting

5:00pm | Dinner

6:30pm | Honors Program Meeting

8:00pm | Astonishment Artist Mat LaVore


Contact Us

Email us or call us at 978-837-5508.

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