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{{Infobox university
name = Merrimack College
motto = “Per Scientiam Ad Sapientiam”

(“Through Knowledge to Wisdom”)
established = 1947
type = Roman Catholic
Order of Saint Augustine
president = Dr. Ronald O. Champagne
city = North Andovermarker
state = MAmarker
country = USAmarker
undergrad = 2,000
postgrad =
Faculty = 220
campus = Suburban, 220 acres (350,515 sq. meters)
Newspaper = “Beacon”
yearbook = “Merrimackan” |Athletics = 16 athletic teams;
15 Division II
1 Division I (Men’s Ice Hockey) |mascot = Warriors (a Spartan warrior) |colors = Blue and Gold
www.merrimack.edu}, Merrimack Beacon}}

Merrimack College is a small, independent, liberal arts, Catholic, Augustinian college in North Andover, Massachusettsmarker, 25 miles north of Boston, Massachusettsmarker. It offers programs in business, science, engineering, and the liberal arts. Approximately 2,000 students from more than 26 states and 17 countries are enrolled at Merrimack, 80% of whom reside on campus. The vast majority of the student body hails from the New Englandmarker states.

Overview

U.S. News & World Report recognized Merrimack College among the nation’s top 178 liberal arts colleges in the 2010 America’s Best Colleges Guide. US News has consistently ranked Merrimack highly among peer institutions for more than ten years.

Merrimack College has nearly 50 major and minor programs of study , including new programs in biotechnology, criminology, sport management and an honors program. Merrimack has one of the longest running cooperative education programs for students of all majors.

Activities and shopping are within walking distance, and downtown Boston is accessible by train and bus for those without cars. There are currently three sororities, Alpha Sigma Tau, Theta Phi Alpha, and Zeta Tau Alpha, and two fraternities, Phi Kappa Theta, Tau Kappa Epsilon.The Merrimack Beacon, founded in 2002, functions as Merrimack's student-run news source. It was formerly known as The Merrimack Argus. The school's yearbook is called the Merrimackan.

There are over 50 student organizations and clubs available to students including a growing and popular intramurals program.

History

Merrimack College was founded in 1947 in North Andover, Massachusetts, by the Order of St. Augustine O.S.A.

The Augustinians, at the invitation of Richard Cushing, then Archbishop of Boston, established the College as a direct response to the needs and aspirations of local G.I.'s returning home from World War II.

Merrimack College is a tribute to the man who, more than anyone else, made it all possible, the Reverend Vincent A. McQuade. A native Lawrencianmarker, Reverend McQuade, led the College to eventually become a showcase of the Merrimack Valley.

Since that time, the now 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 state-of-the-art Gregor Johann Mendel, O.S.A., Science, Engineering and Technology Center; the , state-of-the-art Sakowich Campus Center which opened in 2001; 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; the college's newest residence building, Santagati Hall, named in honor of Merrimack's former president; student apartment buildings, townhouses and residence halls; and the Louis H. Hamel Infirmary.

The Augustinians in North America

The North American foundation of the order was founded in 1796 when Irish friars arrived in Philadelphia. Michael Hurley was the first American to join the Order the following year. Friars established schools, including universities throughout the Americas, including the only two Augustinian institutions of higher learning in the U.S. Villanova Universitymarker in Villanova, PAmarker and Merrimack College in North Andover, MA.

Academics

The emphasis on active learning at Merrimack involves students and faculty in intensive interaction to build understanding through conversation and dialogue on civilizational issues. Through active learning, students also develop critical skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, thinking, judgment, research, mathematics, and computing—the tools of conversation and inquiry. With this preparation and background, graduates are prepared to succeed in the 21st century, when individuals will need a broad range of knowledge and skills to succeed. They have the tools to meet new situations, to bring coherence and insight to chaotic and diverse events, and to engage others in dialogue to further enhance their communities and lives together.

Merrimack also has unique centers to support academics such as: a Radio Frequency Identification technology; the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations; the Center for Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences, and much more.

Athletics

Merrimack offers 16 varsity sports for men and women. The only NCAA Division I sport at Merrimack is men's ice hockey. The Warriors participate in the highly competitive Hockey East conference. NCAA Division II sports include men's and women's soccer, lacrosse, and basketball. There is also men's American football and baseball, men's and women's tennis, field hockey and volleyball. Highlights of Merrimack athletic history include the 1978 men's hockey team Division II national championship, and the 1994 women's softball team Division II national championship. 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. Merrimack College has started a rugby program in the 2007 season, and is now a full-time squad in the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) and in USA Rugby.

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.

Merrimack's teams are known as the "Warriors". The symbol, or mascot, was formerly a Native American warrior; the use of this mascot was criticized by members of the college community as being disrespectful, or insufficiently sensitive to Native American culture. Following a contentious debate among students, alumni, faculty, and the college administration, the mascot was changed to an Ancient Greek warrior, modeled after a Spartanmarker. The teams play at the on-campus Volpe Center, which has a hockey arena and basketball arena.

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