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Advisory Day Sessions Ease Transition to Merrimack

January 31, 2018
Whether it’s trying to navigate MyMack or figuring out how academic credits transfer from another school, Merrimack’s transfer students have myriad questions before they ever attend their first class on campus.

The good news is that the college now offers a one-stop shopping resource where new students can find answers in a low-stress environment.

Led by Jim Cristiano, the director of admission for transfer students, representatives from offices around campus held two Admitted Students Advisory Day sessions for transfer students during the winter break. Together, they manned tables in the Academic Success Center on the third floor of McQuade Library to guide transfer students through the learning curve.

“We try to make it one-stop shopping for students to connect with college offices on the pre-enrollment check list,” Cristiano said.

Nicole Williams, the assistant director of admission for transfer students, is working with the Registrar’s Office and academic departments to make the transfer of credits easier. “That is one of the key issues for transfer students,” Cristiano said.

“I was very worried about coming here my first day, not knowing what to do,” said Casey Condon ’21, of Billerica, Massachusetts, an undeclared liberal arts major who is interested in international studies or history as a major. She started her collegiate career at UMass Amherst, where she studied equine science but when her focus changed, she decided to look for a smaller college community with the career goal of working in international relations. Condon attended the advisory day, where she took a math placement test, registered for classes, and learned how to use MyMack.

“I feel much better now,” she said.

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  • Incoming transfer students, like Casey Condon '21, are grateful for Admitted Students Advisory Day sessions.
    Incoming transfer students, like Casey Condon '21, are grateful for Admitted Students Advisory Day sessions.

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