Merrimack College

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Merrimack College
Seal of Merrimack College.png
Seal of Merrimack College
MottoPer Scientiam Ad Sapientiam (Latin)
Motto in EnglishThrough Knowledge to Wisdom
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliationRoman Catholic
Order of Saint Augustine
PresidentDr. Christopher Hopey Ph.D.[1]
Academic staff220
Admin. staff330
LocationNorth Andover, MA, USA
CampusSuburban, 220 acres (350,515 sq. meters)
NewspaperThe Beacon
ColorsBlue, Gold          

NCAA Division I, Division II

24 varsity teams
AffiliationsNAICU, ACCU, NEASC
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Merrimack College
Seal of Merrimack College.png
Seal of Merrimack College
MottoPer Scientiam Ad Sapientiam (Latin)
Motto in EnglishThrough Knowledge to Wisdom
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliationRoman Catholic
Order of Saint Augustine
PresidentDr. Christopher Hopey Ph.D.[1]
Academic staff220
Admin. staff330
LocationNorth Andover, MA, USA
CampusSuburban, 220 acres (350,515 sq. meters)
NewspaperThe Beacon
ColorsBlue, Gold          

NCAA Division I, Division II

24 varsity teams
AffiliationsNAICU, ACCU, NEASC
Logo of Merrimack College

Merrimack College is a private college in the Roman Catholic, Augustinian tradition located in North Andover, Massachusetts, 25 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. It offers undergraduate degrees in business, education, science, engineering, and the liberal arts. Merrimack also serves non-traditional students through part-time undergraduate degree programs; masters programs in education; and a range of certificate, licensure and degree completion offerings. There are over 2,200 students from more than 25 states and 17 countries enrolled at Merrimack, 75% of whom reside on campus.

Merrimack College has over 70 major and minor programs of study, including new programs in biotechnology, criminology, environmental studies and sustainability, information technology, sport management, and an honors program. Merrimack has one of the longest running cooperative education programs for students of all majors and minors.

President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D. is an experienced higher education leader who has brought to Merrimack a strong academic and entrepreneurial background. He has more than twenty years of comprehensive leadership experience within very complex and highly decentralized colleges and research universities. He has a breadth and depth of academic experience that spans from innovative undergraduate and graduate programming to enrollment strategy to academic leadership to research. Prior to joining Merrimack, Dr. Hopey was vice president and dean for the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. Previously, Dr. Hopey was vice dean at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.


Saint Augustine, Patron Saint of Merrimack College

The Irish Augustinians came to Philadelphia in the United States in 1796. From a humble beginning, a small number of Augustinian Friars eventually became the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova and in 1842, the Province established Villanova College, today a flourishing university about twelve miles west of the city of Philadelphia. The same Province of St. Thomas of Villanova established Merrimack College in 1947 in North Andover, Massachusetts at the invitation of Richard Cushing, then Archbishop of Boston, to serve the needs of G.I.'s returning home from World War II. In March 1947, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts granted a charter to what was then called “The Augustinian College of the Merrimack Valley.” Merrimack College, as the school eventually came to be called, especially seeks to relate to and to serve the inhabitants of this valley. A native Lawrencian, Reverend McQuade O.S.A., initially led the College. Since that time, the now 220 acre Merrimack College has graduated nearly 22,000 students; has grown to nearly 40 buildings including a 125,000-volume library; four classroom buildings; including the Gregor Johann Mendel, O.S.A., Science, Engineering and Technology Center; the Sakowich Campus Center; the Rogers Center for the Arts; the S. Peter Volpe Athletic Center; Austin Hall, which houses administrative offices; the Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher; student apartment buildings, townhouses and residence halls; and the Louis H. Hamel Health Center.

Roman Catholic and Augustinian Tradition[edit]

Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher

Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher[edit]

The Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher was dedicated with a Solemn Pontifical High Mass by then Archbishop Richard J. Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, on April 26, 1955, the Augustinian Feast of Our Mother of Good Counsel. It was built to seat 1,000 persons. The lower level of the church has an auditorium with a stage. Over the years, this church has been the site of religious services including ordinations to the priesthood, marriages of graduates, funerals of Augustinians and faculty members, Baccalaureate Masses for graduating classes and Sunday Eucharist for the campus community. The dedication of one of the stained glass windows in the Church offers an interesting bit of ecclesiastical history. Entering the Church by way of the main door, the third window on the left is dedicated in honor of Archbishop Cushing by his friend, Cardinal Spellman. In 1955, the time of the Church’s dedication, Archbishop Cushing had not been made a cardinal. At that time, however, another priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, Francis J. Spellman, who had been an auxiliary bishop of Boston, was both the Archbishop of New York and a cardinal.

Seal of the College[edit]

Seal of Merrimack College.png

Merrimack College’s official seal was designed by heraldry expert William F. Ryan in New York. Circular with a blue peripheral band, edged in gold, it bears the title MERRIMACK COLLEGE with “A.D. 1947” between two crosses fleurette also in gold.

The center of the seal is a shield, whose upper portion bears the image of a book with the words “Tolle Lege Tolle Lege” (“Take up and Read”) across it. Incorporated in the shield are wavy lines and a cross, superimposed on a trimount figure at the bottom. Encircling the base of the shield on a silver background is a golden scroll displaying the college’s motto “Per Scientiam Ad Sapientiam” (“Through Knowledge to Wisdom”) in blue letters.

Wavy lines represent water in heraldry, so wavy pallets were chosen to represent Merrimack, which meant “swift water” to some of the Indians who once lived in the Merrimack Valley. The seal is an unusually good example of canting arms of which the medieval heralds were so fond. Canting arms, or “arms parlantes” sing out the name of the bearer. The thirteen wavy pallets recall that Massachusetts was one of the thirteen original colonies. And-over (Andover) all in the base is a trimount, charged with a cross fleurette, from the coat of arms of the Archdiocese of Boston. The old name of Boston was Trimountain or Tremount. The cross fleurette refers to the French ancestry of Bishop Cheverus, the first Bishop of Boston (1810-1823). Thus the shield refers to the name of this Augustinian college and to its location in the Archdiocese of Boston. The trimount also is a charge on the coat of arms of Pope Pius XII, in whose pontificate Merrimack College was established.

The Order of Saint Augustine is represented in the College seal by the image of a book imprinted with the famous words connected with Saint Augustine's conversion, "Tolle Legge" ("take up and read"). The school colors, blue (color of loyalty and the cold, rippling waters of the Merrimack) and gold (symbol of wisdom and a papal color), predominate on the shield.

Alma Mater[edit]

O Merrimack, how shall we honor you?
With mind and heart awakened to the truth.
We shall build God's city in ourselves and in our world,
reaching out in service, our hearts a fire with love.
The restless quest for wisdom in the company of friends,
calls us ever onward 'til in God our hearts find rest.
Our guides are faith and reason on a path that yet unfolds
and come we will to wisdom through knowledge and love.
O Merrimack how shall we honor you?
With mind and heart awakened to the truth.
We shall build God's city in ourselves and in our world,
reaching out in service, our hearts a fire with love.'
Alma Mater of Merrimack College by Rev. Joseph L. Farrell, O.S.A.

College Ranking[edit]

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report recognized Merrimack College as the nation's 8th best northeast college. Merrimack College has been ranked in the Best Regional Colleges – North.

In 2012, The Princeton Review recently acknowledged Merrimack as one of 218 Institutions in its "Best in the Northeast" section.

In 2011, Merrimack College was named one of "America's Top Colleges" by Forbes magazine, for the second consecutive year. Merrimack College was ranked 274 out of 650 accredited colleges and universities chosen by Forbes' in the fourth annual listing. In addition, Merrimack College was listed #229 among private colleges and #96 in the Northeast.

In 2011, Merrimack was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


Academic Divisions of Merrimack College
Undergraduate, Graduate & Professional StudiesGraduate & Professional Studies
School of Business
School of Education
School of Liberal Arts
School of Science and Engineering
School of Business - School of Education - School of Science and Engineering

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

  • Accounting
  • Art & Art History
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Design
  • Ecology and Environmental Biology
  • Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education with Moderate Disabilities
  • Embedded Controller
  • English
  • Environmental Studies and Sustainability
  • Finance
  • French
  • Health Science
  • History
  • History and Economics
  • History and Political Science
  • Human Performance and Wellness
  • Human Development
  • Information Technology
  • Integrative Biology
  • International Business
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Italian Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Middle School Education
  • Nutrition
  • Organizational Communication
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Religious & Theological Studies
  • Romance Languages
  • School and Society
  • Secondary Education
  • Self-Designed Major
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Medicine
  • STEM Education
  • Theater

Graduate Programs[edit]

Master of Education

Master of Science in Engineering

Master of Science in Management

Merrimack also has additional academic support centers

Arts and Entertainment[edit]

Boston-based band WALTHAM headlines at Rock for a Cause in December 2005.

Rogers Center for the Arts[edit]

The Rogers Center for the Arts, named in recognition of the early leadership pledge made by the Rogers Family Foundation, is a regional performing and visual arts center that serves the Merrimack College community, the Merrimack Valley region as well as the entire community north of Boston. It includes a theater style auditorium with a seating capacity of 600, an orchestra pit, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The theater is noted for its outstanding acoustics. The center also includes a separate art gallery for student and professional exhibitions. From music and magic to dancing and drama, the Rogers Center provides artistic excellence through prominent lectures, concerts, theatrical offerings and art exhibitions.

The Tambakos Film Series[edit]

The Tambakos Film Collection presents a series of classic Hollywood films as part of the Rogers Center for the Arts programming. Approximately 12 films are screened each year, and are preceded by commentary provided by film expert Arny Klayman. These films are open to the public and are free of charge.

To complement the Classic Film Series, the Tambakos Film Collection also co-sponsors with the Girard School of Business and International Commerce a series of International Films. This series is designed to introduce to the students of Merrimack College and the surrounding community to the wonderful world of films from a variety of cultures.

Rock for a Cause[edit]

The student body of Merrimack College put on a charity event annually called Rock for a Cause. The annual concerts feature local musicians who donate their time and talent to the event.

International programs[edit]

Merrimack College’s International Programs serve students at Merrimack who wish to study abroad and international students who wish to study at Merrimack. In addition to programs for students, the Office of International Programs develops opportunities for faculty cooperation and exchanges between Merrimack college and partner institutions.

Student life[edit]

The Office of Student Involvement[edit]

The Office of Student Involvement engages students in purposeful out of classroom experiences which enlighten students through social, cultural, spiritual, transitional, and interpersonal development. Student Involvement empowers students to live the mission of Merrimack College by promoting leadership, community building, awareness, scholarship, and service in daily life. Student Involvement accomplishes its mission through various programs and services including Greek Life, Intramural Programs, Leadership Programs, Student Organizations, and the various Social and Educational programs sponsored or supported by the office.

There are over 50 student organizations and clubs available to students. Through a popular intramurals and recreation programs, students can choose from 15 different leagues and a growing number of club sports including rugby and lacrosse.

Greek life[edit]

Merrimack College is host to two Fraternities as well as three Sororities. Each Greek Letter organization on Merrimack College’s campus has specific values and philanthropies they are aligned with. The Greek Letter Organizations are run through varying governing bodies run by students.

There is also a Greek Life honor society on campus called the Order of Omega.



Campus Ministry and religious life[edit]

Campus Ministry is committed to meeting students at all points in their relationship with God and faith. Campus Ministries faith/spiritual life enrichment includes retreat experiences, daily liturgy, sacramental preparation, interfaith prayer, and forums for discussing Catholic theology and how it impacts issues of today. All of these programs encourage students to explore, question and grow in spirituality so as to integrate faith with daily life.

Campus Ministries service programs encourage students to experience the reality of poverty first-hand, and have a positive impact in the lives of people. These include weekly opportunities in the local community and a week long Alternative Spring Break that sends students to service sites across the United States. In keeping with Campus Ministries Catholic Augustinian tradition, Campus Ministry pursues issues of social justice and peace, exploring the causes of poverty and oppression.

Campus Ministries many activities for both students and faculty include MerrimAction, Hike for Hope, Thanksgiving Basket Drive, Christmas Drives, Alternative Spring Break (ASB), Merrimack in the City Day, Sweeps Week.


Logo of Merrimack Warriors

Merrimack offers 21 varsity sports for men and women, including NCAA Division I men's ice hockey competing in the highly competitive Hockey East conference. Merrimack's NCAA Division II sports compete in the Northeast Ten Conference and include men's and women's soccer, lacrosse, track and field, and basketball. There is also men's American football and baseball, women's field hockey, and rugby, men's and women's tennis, field hockey and volleyball, and cross country.

Highlights of Merrimack athletic history includes two national championships: the 1978 men's hockey team Division II Men's Ice Hockey Championship; and the 1994 women's softball team won Division II Women's College World Series. In 2006, Merrimack football became Northeast 10 Co-Champions and received their first NCAA Division II playoff bid to go on to win their first NCAA playoff game. In 2012, Merrimack Men's Tennis became Northeast 10 Champions, led by Senior captains Max Eppley and Sean Pahler, and first year head coach Sean Tully. This was Merrimack's first ever Men's Tennis Championship.[2] Merrimack College intramurals and recreation started a rugby program in the 2007 season, and is was a full-time squad in the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) and in USA Rugby. Merrimack College Rugby (M) is now a part of the first ever Division II rugby conference in the United States, by joining Rugby Northeast.

Merrimack College men's soccer team made school history in 2012 with the programs first ever NCAA Division II National Tournament berth. After finishing in first place in the Northeast 10 regular season, the men's soccer team went on to win the first round of the tournament against rivals Franklin Pierce University, but were knocked out the following round by Northeast 10 rivals Southern New Hampshire University. The 2012 men's soccer team was led by Head Coach Anthony Martone and assistant coaches Derek Valego, Michael Allen, Eric Ernst, and Sam Nunes. The team was led on the field by captains Alejandro Fuchs of Caracas, Venezuela and Nelson Santos de Graca of Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Merrimack College Dance Team made it to Finals in April of 2013 on their annual trip to Daytona Beach, FL for the NCA/NDA competition. This is the team's first chance at performing in The Ocean Center on the main stage in the history of the MC dance team. The MC dance team hopes to continue on this dream for years to come.

The College's combination of academic and athletic success has garnered Merrimack the #4 ranking in the country among NCAA Division II schools in the Top 100 Collegiate Power Rankings that are published by the National College Scouting Association. In addition, Merrimack finished 96th in the overall NCSA Power Rankings across all three NCAA divisions.

NCAA DII National Championships

Men's Ice Hockey: 1978

Softball: 1994

NCAA DII Regional Championships

Women's Basketball: 2004, 2005

Women's Soccer: 1996

NCAA Appearances

Men's Basketball: 1977, 1978, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010

Women's Basketball: 2003, 2004, 2005

Football: 2006

Hockey: Div. II: 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984. Div. I: 1988, 2011

Men's Lacrosse: 2009

Men's Soccer: 2012

Women's Soccer: 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

Softball: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2011

Men's Tennis: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Women's Tennis: 2009

Volleyball: 2007, 2008

Merrimack vs Boston College (Andrew Braithwaite pictured)

Northeast-10 Conference-Tournament Champions

Baseball: 1990, 1995, 1996

Men's Basketball: 2000

Women's Basketball: 2004

Women's Cross Country: 1997, 1998, 1999 [3]

Men's Lacrosse: 2000, 2010

Men's Soccer: 1995, 1996, 1997

Women's Soccer: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1999

Softball: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2002

Men's Tennis: 2012

ECAC Championships

Hockey: 1967, 1968, 1977, 1980, 1987, 1988, 1989

Men's Soccer: 1997

Women's Soccer: 1988, 2000

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ [1], Northeast-10 Women's Cross Country All-Time Champions.

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