Merrimack College

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Merrimack College
Merrimack College seal.png
MottoPer Scientiam Ad Sapientiam (Latin)
Motto in English
Through Knowledge to Wisdom
TypePrivate
Established1947
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Order of Saint Augustine)
PresidentChristopher E. Hopey[1]
Academic staff
220
Administrative staff
330
Undergraduates3,653
Postgraduates575
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 220 acres (350,515 sq. meters)
NewspaperThe Beacon
ColorsNavy, Gold    
AthleticsNCAA
Div INEC
Hockey East (men's and women's hockey)
NicknameWarriors
AffiliationsNAICU
AICUM
ACCU[2]
Sports24 varsity teams
Websitemerrimack.edu

Merrimack College is a private Augustinian college in North Andover, Massachusetts.[3] It was founded in 1947 by the Order of St. Augustine with an initial goal to educate World War II veterans. The college has grown to a 220-acre campus with nearly 40 buildings. The library is named after Rev. Vincent A. McQuade, the founder of the college.[4]

History[edit]

The college was established in 1947 by the Order of Saint Augustine following an invitation by Archbishop of Boston, Richard Cushing.[5] It is the second Augustinian affiliated college in the United States after Villanova University.[6] Church leaders saw a need to create a liberal arts college largely in a commuter school format for veterans returning from World War II.[7] Archbishop Cushing tabbed Reverend Vincent McQuade to lead the college. McQuade was a native of Lawrence, Massachusetts and longtime friend of Archbishop Cushing. McQuade joined the effort after working on the faculty at Villanova working with veterans transitioning home from the war.[5] McQuade organized the creation process, including land purchases and zoning, securing a charter from the state, establishing curriculum, and managing the college's campus construction.[5] In March 1947, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts granted a charter to The Augustinian College of the Merrimack Valley in March 1947 and the college officially opened in September of the same year.[5]

Campus[edit]

The main campus of Merrimack College is situated on 220 acres (1 km2) of suburban land 25 miles (40 km) from Boston in North Andover, Massachusetts.[4] The campus features over 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 Merrimack Athletic Complex; Austin Hall, which houses administrative offices; the Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher; student apartment buildings and residence halls; and the Louis H. Hamel Health Center.[4]

In 2017, the college received a $29.7 million tax-exempt bond from MassDevelopment. Merrimack designated several major projects for the funds, including construction of two academic buildings and three residence halls; renovations to renovate O’Reilly Hall, McQuade Library, and several other campus buildings; and upgrades to athletic facilities.[8]

Athletics[edit]

Logo of Merrimack Warriors

The athletics teams, except for ice hockey, participate in the Northeast Conference of NCAA Division I. They began their four-year transition to Division I during the 2019–20 season and will be full Division I members by 2023–24.[9] The college currently has 22 teams participating in intercollegiate sport (9 men's teams and 13 women's teams).[10] The men's and women's college ice hockey programs are currently NCAA Division I programs, participating in the Hockey East conference.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2010-03-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ ACCU Member Institutions[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Fernandes, Deirdre (July 17, 2017). "Small private schools are financially struggling, but Merrimack has found its footing - The Boston Globe". Boston Globe.
  4. ^ a b c "History". Merrimack College. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "The History of Merrimack College". merrimack.edu. Merrimack College. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Olde St. Augustine's Church", USHistory.org
  7. ^ Douglas, Craig (March 3, 2014). "How Merrimack College got its groove back". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  8. ^ Staff (August 25, 2017). "Merrimack College Expands Facilities With MassDevelopment Bond". Boston Real Estate Times. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  9. ^ Dauster, Rob (September 10, 2018). "Division I men's basketball set to add another member". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  10. ^ "Merrimack College Athletics - Official Athletics Website". Merrimack College Athletics. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  11. ^ "Merrimack Warriors - Hockey East Association". hockeyeastonline.com. Retrieved 2019-02-04.

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