Merrimack’s Early College Program Expands Opportunities for Underserved Students

Early College programs in Massachusetts, including Merrimack’s partnership with Lawrence High School, address educational equity and economic recovery.

  • In 2017, Merrimack College advanced its longstanding commitment to the City of Lawrence through the creation of the Early College Program, a unique dual enrollment program that enables high school students from Lawrence to earn college credits on Merrimack’s campus. 

Merrimack is one of 19 colleges and universities in Massachusetts offering disadvantaged high-school students the opportunity to earn free college credits while still in high school.

When Simonai Santiago was a junior at Lawrence High School, she signed up for early college and took several classes, including biology, at Merrimack College. “My high school didn’t even offer a biology class, so my only real learning experience in biology was from Merrimack,” Santiago said.

Featured in the Boston Globe on Feb. 6, 2021.

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