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Merrimack College

North Andover, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate82%

Merrimack College Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Merrimack College. Around 82% of applicants get into Merrimack College each year. Out of 10,202 applications received in 2023, 8,329 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Merrimack College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 9/1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Merrimack College for fall should hear back from Merrimack College by January 1.

Merrimack College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Merrimack College's admissions stats.

Merrimack College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 10%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 2%
Waitlist Yes

Merrimack College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Merrimack College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15 February 15
Regular Decision Yes 9 1 January 1

Applying Early to Merrimack College?

Merrimack College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Merrimack College will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Merrimack College is 78%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 82%.

Merrimack College accepts approximately 83% of early action applicants and 82% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Merrimack College admitted 62 of the 79 students who applied early decision. In 2022, Merrimack College admitted 7,23 of the 8,497 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ See a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Merrimack College Admissions

Is Merrimack College Challenging To Get Into?

Merrimack College is a moderately difficult school to get into. Merrimack College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Merrimack College accepted 82% of students, approximately 8,329 from 10,202 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Merrimack College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Merrimack College

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Merrimack College

Merrimack College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Merrimack College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Merrimack College

What does Merrimack College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Merrimack College for more information on admission factors.

Merrimack College Application Requirements

To apply to Merrimack College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Merrimack College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Secondary School Report (SSR)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Merrimack College?

Students admitted to Merrimack College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3. Merrimack College considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Merrimack College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 10% of Merrimack College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 2% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Merrimack College students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 460 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Merrimack College students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 460 or higher.

More Information on Transferring to Merrimack College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Merrimack College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is September 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Merrimack College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Merrimack College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Merrimack College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Merrimack College.

Does Merrimack College accept transfer credits?

✅ Merrimack College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Merrimack College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Merrimack College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Merrimack College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Merrimack College?

✅ Merrimack College is not test optional.

What is Merrimack College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Merrimack College is 82%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Merrimack College?

✅ Merrimack College's early decision acceptance rate was 78% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Merrimack College?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Merrimack College was 83% in 2021.

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Merrimack College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Merrimack College? Merrimack College is a somewhat selective institution. The Merrimack College acceptance rate is 82%. This means that the institution accepts 81 out of every 100 applicants.


Merrimack College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Sep 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Sep 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Merrimack College is Sep 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Merrimack College is Sep 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Merrimack College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

470 - 660


Reading SAT Range

460 - 650

Merrimack College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Merrimack College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.3. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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