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Even though I have had some decent professorsBrightBusiness - Management and Administration
Even though I have had some decent professors and have met a few good friends here, this school is not worth the money. The ?sticker price? is around 40 thousand, and if you don't have a scholarship (sports or otherwise) you're looking at roughly 24 thousand a year. Like another reviewer said, I wonder where all the money goes. While it looked like a promising school during the tours and other visits, nothing was really exceptional about Merrimack, and it certainly isn't worth the high price. The social scene sucks, professors in general weren't all that outstanding in my experience, and the campus is dull. One thing about the social scene is that there really isn't much to do. North Andover has nothing to offer the college student, so if you don't have a car or don't feel like going to Boston (a 20 minute walk and then another 20-30 minutes on the train), you're stuck here. Drinking in the dorms gets old fast, and chances are you would get caught if you were being loud, even outside of quiet hours. If you're not a big drinker (like me), other "fun" usually involves movies, xbox, and wandering aimlessly around the tiny campus, at least that's what most of the people I met did on weekends. There are some student clubs and intramurals, but none of them interested me. Many people also chose to either go home (a ton of students live in the north shore area, or less than 20 minutes away) or visit friends at another school, so it sometimes became a ghost town on weekends. Academics aren't much better; the professors aren't terrible, but they're not all that great either. Even worse is that they switched to a 4 course system, as opposed to the 5 course, so you're getting less education for your money, and if you do poorly in a class it matters a lot more GPA wise, if that matters to you. And another thing, the acceptance rate is 79%, higher than both Bridgewater State and UMASS Dartmouth (check collegeboard.com if you don't believe me), so it's obvious that the college is getting desperate and will let almost anybody in. I am happy to be leaving after one disappointing semester and after having given this school many chances to impress me even a little bit. I gave it a chance, but I do not see myself spending my college career here and I do not want to waste any more time or money at this school. Basically, read the other ratings and that will give you a very good idea of what it is like here, except some of the positive ratings sound like they were written by an admissions counselor or something. Hopefully my next college will be better, I can't imagine it being much worse than Merrimack, and if it is at least I won't be spending 100 thousand on a mediocre education and a degree that will get me nowhere.
1st Year Male -- Class 2011
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Social Life: F
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When Applying To Merrimack College there were manyQuite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
When Applying To Merrimack College there were many promises that were made. Such as new accreditation and new Buildings. They were denied the accreditation and have made no progress on a new building. The worst part about Merrimack is the residence life office. They make no attempt to make the college better. They go out of their way to make life harder for students. They do random room searches and go through student's belongings when they are not there. They take what they find and tell you that you cant pick it up for two weeks. The campus police officers treat the school like communist Russia. They search the cars on campus and issue tickets to students after they pay $150 to get a parking permit. The worst thing of all is that they do not abide by the laws of the state. They make up their own rules with regards to drugs and alcohol. Merrimack College sucks so please do not make the same mistake that I made, do not go to Merrimack College.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2012
Friendliness: C+, Education Quality: F
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Please, do NOT go to this high school,AverageCommunications
Please, do NOT go to this high school, oops i mean college. The first two weeks i was here and loved it. But suddenly everyone around you starts forming groups and once your left behind it is impossible to get into a group of friends. Everyone i talk to hates this place, wants to transfer, or already has. I plan on transferring in the fall thankfully i wont be here EVER again. the library is disgusting, noisy, outdated and small. The homeless probably eat better food then this "dining hall" gives us. I find myself and others visiting friends at other schools every weekend because there is nothing on campus to do, and if you do decide to go out, you will probably end the night written up or in major trouble since its such a small school the "cops" catch everything. Library closes at midnight. your backpacks, duffle bags, and even laundry bags get checked everytime u walk in ur dorm because alcohol is apparently the worst thing you could possibly do here. do not come here..there is numerous other reasons everyone despises this school but this would be probably a book long if i included that. so it is not worth ur time or a year of your life please dont come to this hell hole. and the hockey players think they are the shit but every sports team here sucks and there is no school spirit.
1st Year Female -- Class 2011
Perceived Campus Safety: A, Education Quality: F
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