Merrimack College is located in the charming, wooded town of North Andover, Massachusetts, about 25 miles north of Boston. The school, an Augustinian Catholic college has offered student living in the community since it was founded in 1947, and continues to attract students with a sterling academic record and beautiful surroundings. Today, about 2,000 students from around the country and the world enroll at Merimack, and often live in off campus student housing. With a population of more than 28,000 residents and an abundance of recreational activities, North Andover makes a comfortable home to students of many backgrounds.
Students at Merrimack College may earn a masters in education, undergraduate degrees in business, education, science, engineering, or the liberal arts, as well as a range of certificates and licenses offered through pre-professional courses. For non-traditional student living arrangements, students may enroll in Merrimack's part-time undergraduate programs. Overall, the college offers more than 70 major and minor programs, including recent additions, such as biotechnology, criminology, environmental studies and sports management. In 2012, the U.S. News & World Report raked Merrimack College as the 8th best college in the Northeast.
About 25 percent of students rent a Merrimack College apartment during their period of study. Largely upperclassmen and graduate students, the off campus community benefits from their proximity to the college, and to North Andover's highlights. Students may swim in the nearby Steven's Pond, or hike and bike around Weir Hill or the Harold Park State Forest.
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