Brett Julian, Staff Writer
Roughly 700 freshmen are currently enrolled at Merrimack College, about 200 more than last fall’s freshmen class. The real questions here are: how in the world is this small school finding a way to accommodate this unique and certainly challenging reality in the midst of dynamic changes at 315 Turnpike St., and are there enough classes for freshmen?
To best facilitate this transition, the college hired 11 full time professors and a suitable number of adjunct professors who have received at the bare minimum, masters degrees and have well recognized industry applicable background in their respective fields of teaching.
Because of these changes there are most certainly sufficient classes for this year’s freshmen class. Freshmen Pat Florence and Jill Trip have both reported positive feedback thus far on the subject of registering for classes. Jill stated, “My schedule worked great, just the way I wanted!” Pat Florence a freshmen student-athlete was very pleased with registration stating, “All my classes were set up the way I wanted for me. My advisor walked me through them and I was good to go.”
Thus far, Elaine Grelle, Head of the Registars office, has reported a smooth maneuver in helping freshmen manage their schedules and transition into college life. Grelle stated that, “From orientation onward, the staff at Merrimack has been extremely upfront with incomers about this challenge of increasing enrollment.
Although it has been a challenge thus far to keep classroom caps at 19 students per class, the Dean’s have been involved and sensitive to students who must be accommodated for.” Why is the cap attempting to be set at 19?
The answer to that is, in order for the school to properly market itself and to score well on the U.S. & World Report, they will open more classes and hire more full time or adjunct professors to sustain Merrimack’s close-knit feel, which they hope to make better than comparable schools.
Ultimately Merrimack hopes to attract itself to the consumers, who are the parents and potential students. In order to do so, they must use analytical and keen marketing tactics to highlight its benefits. These tactics are the ones that benefit the school’s image when outsiders begin to do their research. The other challenge is coping with students who do not register on time and do not get into their desired class times.
Vice Provost Patricia Sendall urges students to “register on time so that the registrar can be progressive and coordinate the best scenarios for students. It’s stubborn on ones behalf to not acknowledge their registration time, it is there for a reason.”