Merrimack releases fall 2015 freshmen admission decisions

After receiving a record number of first-year applications for admissions, Merrimack College began releasing admission decisions on March 19. This is Merrimack’s second online release of first-year admission decisions, and follows the inaugural online release of decisions for Early Action and Early applicants in December.

“Releasing admission decisions online is the future, and we are pleased to have arrived at this process well ahead of similar institutions,” said Director of Admissions Darren Conine.

For students offered admission, the online experience is followed by information designed to celebrate the occasion and support the student and his or her family as the enrollment decision is made.

“We are excited about the increase in applications to Merrimack,” Conine said. “It reflects the momentum the college continues to experience. From our extensive list of academic programs, growing graduate degree programs and our award winning career center that delivers the comprehensive eMpower Career Development Program to a multitude of experiential opportunities and a vibrant campus life, Merrimack is a great value and a college on the rise – a perfect place to spend the next four years.”

When reviewing applications, the admission committee considers a variety of factors, including academic achievement, strength of curriculum, community involvement, extracurricular activities, interviews, Common Application, essay and references, Conine said.

Admission was based on the academic program for which the student applied. Including the Girard School of Business, the School of Science & Engineering, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Education and Social Policy.

The students admitted to Merrimack represents 41 states and 41 countries.

The admissions office is also inviting a selected group of students to join the Honors Program. Merrimack hopes to enroll 10-15 percent of the entering class into the honors program which will translate to at least 90 first-year honors students between the early decision, early action and regular decision processes. This is an exciting time for the honors program as Merrimack will be opening new dedicated and living-learning space this fall.

“We are pleased that interest by young people tracks the rise in Merrimack’s value and reputation, which has been borne out by national rankings and by the enthusiasm of current students,” said Vice President for Enrollment & Retention David L. Hautanen Jr.

In 2014, Money Magazine named Merrimack no. 21 in the country — out of more than 600 institutions — for “adding value” to students’ degrees. U.S. News named Merrimack one of the top liberal arts colleges in the Northeast, and the only one voted “up and coming” by academic peers.

Admitted students and their families are invited to attend Admitted Students Days on April 12 and 18. They’ll have the chance to meet with faculty and other admitted students while learning more about campus life.

“We also encourage admitted students to tweet a shout out about their decisions, post a picture of their welcome packet, and join the Class of 2019 Facebook group, said Christina Edler, ’05, director of enrollment marketing.

The group is a perfect spot to meet other students, ask questions, and learn more about Merrimack while they enjoy the excitement of becoming a Warrior.

By Office of Communications
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