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Merrimack College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Merrimack College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Merrimack College Ranked?

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Merrimack College was awarded 13 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is human development and family studies.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Merrimack as #500 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 68 colleges in Massachusetts, Merrimack is ranked at #35.

See all of the rankings for Merrimack College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Merrimack?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Merrimack College is 82%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Merrimack is a good fit for you.

Learn more about Merrimack College admissions.

Merrimack College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Merrimack College is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Merrimack College is 48%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  48 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Merrimack College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Merrimack College has a freshmen retention rate of 81%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Merrimack for first-time, full-time students is 65%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  65 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Merrimack College.

Good Overall Diversity at Merrimack

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,230 undergraduates at Merrimack with 3,885 being full-time and 345 being part-time.

Merrimack Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Merrimack is 70.54 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  70.54 out of 100
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How Much Does Merrimack College Cost?

The overall average net price of Merrimack is $33,230. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Merrimack

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$26,767 $29,289 $29,924 $33,096 $36,486

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Merrimack, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Merrimack, approximately 79% of students took out student loans averaging $12,433 a year. That adds up to $49,732 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Merrimack is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Merrimack Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Merrimack make around $57,100 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Merrimack students since it is 43% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Merrimack College make the most money.

Location of Merrimack College

Merrimack College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in North Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Location of Merrimack College

Contact details for Merrimack are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 315 Turnpike St, North Andover, MA 01845
Phone: 978-837-5000

Merrimack College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 61 majors graduated from Merrimack College. Of these students, 825 received undergraduate degrees and 424 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Human Development & Family Studies 87 $29,800
Marketing 76 NA
Business Administration & Management 54 $43,200
General Psychology 50 NA
Communication & Journalism (Other) 39 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 37 NA
Other Health Professions 37 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 37 NA
Accounting 35 NA
Finance & Financial Management 35 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Merrimack College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Merrimack

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 352 students took at least one online class at Merrimack College. This is an increase from the 255 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 352 265
2016-2017 255 174
2015-2016 173 68
2014-2015 121 14
2013-2014 83 8

Learn more about online learning at Merrimack College.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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