College of the Week


Merrimack College is a small, private Roman Catholic school located in North Andover, MA. This 2,900 student campus, offers over 55 extracurricular activities, and participates in Division I and II sports.  There are 90+ academic offerings, and has a faculty-student ratio of 13-to-1.

Throughout the curriculum, students can take advantage of hands-on opportunities including cooperative education and internships, research with faculty, study abroad and service learning.


Tuition & Fees + Room & Board: $47,235 for the ’13-’14 school year.

75% of student live on campus.

Application Deadline for Fall 2016: Early Action: November 15    Early Decision: November 15  

Regular Decision: February 15

Avg GPA of an accepted Melrose Applicant: 3.3

Avg SAT score on 1600 scale of an accepted Melrose Applicant: 1031

Application History
2015 36 29 6
2014 34 25 3
2013 35 25 5
2012 29 20 3



UMass Lowell 

UMass Lowell is a national research university committed to preparing students for work in the real world— solving real problems and helping real people— by providing an affordable, high-quality education.

In accord with the UMass System’s mission, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a public research university committed to excellence in teaching, research and community engagement. The university is dedicated to transformational education that fosters student success, lifelong learning and global awareness. UMass Lowell offers affordable, experience-based undergraduate and graduate academic programs taught by internationally recognized faculty who conduct research to expand the horizons of knowledge.

Located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community, the university offers more than 17,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in six colleges.

Naviance Facts:

School type: Public

Enrollment: 12,986   (Undergraduates) 

Application Deadline for Fall 2016: Early Action: November 1   Regular Decision: February 1

Percentage Accepted in 2015: 63.97%

Financial Aid met: 90%

UMass Lowell is on the Common Application


Annual Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)

Tuition & Fees Room & Board Total
Undergraduate In State $13,427 $11,670 $25,097

Application History

Class Applications Accepted Enrolled
2015 58 29 9
2014 74 41 12
2013 46 27 10
2012 60 29 9

Westfield State University

As part of the Massachusetts public higher education system (state university school system), Westfield State University is dedicated to equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to succeed. Founded in 1838 by Horace Mann, Westfield State was the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, creed, or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.



Westfield State University in one of the top 40 public institutions in the north, according to US News & World Report, 2012. It is one of the largest producers of new teachers among the Massachusetts state universities. Westfield was also Designated as a “Top Military Friendly College” by Advanced Military Education Magazine for a second consecutive year.

Westfield State University Quick Facts:

  • Westfield State is located 10 minutes from the Mass Pike, 30 minutes from the Berkshires, and 2 hours from Boston and Albany.
  • Highest percentage of undergraduate students who choose to live on campus among the state universities
  • Winner of ten MASCAC athletics conference Smith Cup championships
  • Best education value in Massachusetts, public or private, when measuring quality and success of programs and relative costs of higher education (Mass Inc. study, 2010)

Naviance Facts:

School type: Public

Enrollment: 5,692 

Application Deadline for Fall 2016: March 1

In State Tuition Cost: $970

Room and Board Cost: $9,975

Percentage Accepted in 2015: 74.87%

MHS/ Westfield State Statistics

Class Apply Admit Enroll
2015 29 21 9
2014 25 10 2
2013 28 18 6
2012 33 20 9


Westfield State University is not on the Common Application. Visit for more information and to apply!







Assumption College

Founded in 1904, Assumption College stands today as one of the top New England Catholic colleges, combining a foundation of liberal arts and sciences with more than 40 majors across the life sciences, business, education and communications fields. Assumption is a scenic campus located in Worcester, MA. Just 45 miles from Boston and Providence, travel to and from Worcester is very convenient. The Boston commuter rail runs a number of times each day and there is also regular bus service to both cities. The Boston international airport and the Providence airport are each an hour away and Worcester has a regional airport.

The college is home to 2,240 undergraduates who thrive for a successful future. 95% of graduates who respond to an annual survey were employed or in graduate school within 6 months of Commencement.Almost 60% of the 2012 graduates completed at least one professional internship while studying at Assumption. Assumption college has a reputation of outstanding athletic programs in Division II sports. One of the most unique aspects of Assumption is that they have a campus in Rome!

Location: Worcester, MA

School Type: Private

Affiliation: Roman Catholic

Enrollment: 2,240

Application Deadlines for Fall 2016

Early Action: November 1/ Early Action II: December 15/ Regular Decision: February 15

MHS Stats

2015 12 9 1
2014 16 11 4
2013 24 20 0
2012 13 11 2
2011 15 14 3

In 2015, there were a total of 4659 applicants, and 3458 were accepted, therefore Assumption College’s percentage of acceptance is 74.22%.

Assumption college is on the Common Application.

Assumption is a TEST OPTIONAL school which means you can choose not to send your SAT or ACT scores with your application.

Tuition (full time): $34,475

Room & Board: $10, 746















Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. With a diverse and talented student body representing 96 countries, and alumni who have collectively won more than 250 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

Berklee attracts the most creative young musicians in the world who know that no other music college or institution offers such a rich diversity of people, music, and programs. They come here to discover their true music calling, pushing themselves past their own expectations and into the forefront of every aspect of the global music community.

Location: Boston, MA

School Type: Private

Enrollment: 4,402

Application Deadlines:

–          Early Decision I – November 1/Regular Decision- January 15


Number of MHS students that applied:

2013: 3 Applied 1 Admitted
2012: 1 Applied 0 Admitted
2011: 1 Applied 1 Admitted
2010: 1 Applied 1 Admitted

This university does not accept the Common Application./

SAT or ACT’s are not required.

Tuition (full year): $36,514

Room and Board: $17,200




The University of Vermont combines faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major research institution. The university is home to 9,970 undergraduates, 1,317 graduate students, 454 medical students and 1,364 full- and part-time faculty. Located in Burlington, Vermont (perennially voted one of America’s most exciting small cities), UVM’s setting in a valley on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and the Green mountain ranges, inspires visitors and residents.

  • Top-flight academics with choices — 100 majors to choose from;
  • Graduates who get jobs — 85% are satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs one year after graduation;
  • Accessible faculty who are experts in their fields — 92% of full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field;
  • A fun campus life, rife with activities and events — more than 170 campus organizations keep things lively

Location: Burlington, VT
School Type: Public
Enrollment: 9,970
Application Deadline: January 15


Number of MHS students that applied:
2014: 21 Applied 11 Admitted
2013: 19 Applied 15 Admitted
2012: 19 Applied 14 Admitted
2011: 36 Applied 28 Admitted

This university does accept the Common Application.

SAT or ACT scores are required

Tuition (full year out of state) $34,656/Room and Board $10,432





Elon University is a selective, independent university renowned as a national model for engaged learning, along with excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs. Elon’s beautiful and historic campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden.

Elon’s rich intellectual community is characterized by active student engagement with a faculty dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarly accomplishment. The curriculum is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional and graduate programs. Elon’s 385 full-time faculty teach in more than 60 undergraduate majors.

Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master’s-level school in the nation, and was named one of the top three universities in the nation for community service by the federal government’s Corporation for National and Community Service.

In its 2014 “America’s Best Colleges” guide, U.S. News & World Report rates Elon #1 among Southern Regional Universities and among the top colleges and universities in the nation “with an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.”Newsweek-Kaplan has named Elon the nation’s “leader in engaged learning” and Princeton Review ranks Elon among the nation’s 378 “best colleges.” Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and the Fiske Guide to Colleges both name Elon one of the nation’s “best value” private universities.

Location: Elon, NC
School Type: Private
Enrollment: 5,357
Application Deadline: January 10


Number of MHS students that applied:
2013: 4 Applied 1 Admitted
2012: 8 Applied 4 Admitted
2011: 2 Applied 0 Admitted
2010: 2 Applied 2 Admitted

This university does not accept the Common Application.

SAT or ACT’s are required

Tuition (Full Year)- $30,149 / Room & Board- $9,897





The University of New Hampshire is a vibrant place: a land-, sea-, and space-grant university where undergraduate and graduate students engage in daily discovery and the intellectual excitement of doing research with their faculty mentors.  It is among the top-tier research institutions nationally. The University is made up of dozens of academic departments, interdisciplinary institutes, and research centers that attract students and faculty from around the world. As state-of-the-art facilities are built to support academic growth, and new residence and dining halls are built to meet the growing popularity of campus life, the University continues to rest lightly on the Durham landscape.

13,000 students and hundreds of faculty and staff live and work amid the rolling hills and riverbeds of one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. There are over 100 majors to choose from at UNH.  It attracts a special kind of student: one with a hunger for discovery, a love of the active life, and a desire to make a positive impact on the world.

Location: Durham, NH

School Type: Public
Enrollment: 14,761

Application Deadlines:

– Early Action– November 15

– Regular Decision- February 1


Number of MHS students that applied:
2013: 45 Applied 32 Admitted
2012: 41 Applied 31 Admitted
2011: 44 Applied 31 Admitted
2010: 44 Applied 34 Admitted

This university does accept the Common Application.
SAT or ACT’s are required.

Out of State Tuition: $28,882

Room and board charge (full year): $9,764




Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) is an independent, co-educational, technical design and engineering college located in Boston, Massachusetts. Wentworth was founded in 1904 and offers career-focused education through its fifteen bachelor’s degree programs in areas such as architecture, computer science, design, engineering, engineering technology, and management, as well as Masters degrees in architecture and construction management.[2] Wentworth is one of six institutions of higher learning known collectively as the Colleges of the Fenway.

Boston provides Wentworth with an expanded learning laboratory. Design students visit the city’s premier buildings, study its sites, and learn from Boston’s professional leaders as part of their studios. Engineering and construction students engage with the city’s sophisticated culture of technology and its infrastructure. The campus is only steps away from one of the world’s most important medical research centers, the Longwood Medical Area. As a Wentworth student, you will be encouraged to learn from all Boston has to offer.

Location: Boston, MA
School Type: Private
Enrollment: 3,838

Application Deadlines:
– Regular Decision- February 15

Number of MHS students that applied:
2013: 6 Applied 4 Admitted
2012: 16 Applied 6 Admitted
2011: 8 Applied 6 Admitted
2010: 2 Applied 2 Admitted

This university does accept the Common Application.

SAT or ACT’s are required.

Out-of-state tuition (full year): $27,950
Room and board charge (full year): $12,250





Worcester State University is a public institution of higher learning set on 58 acres in the residential west side of Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester State offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, teacher education, biomedical sciences, business, and the health professions.

Worcester State University is dedicated to offering high quality, affordable undergraduate and graduate academic programs and to promoting the lifelong intellectual growth, global awareness, and career opportunities of students.

Worcester State University was named the “Best College in Worcester County” in Worcester Magazine’s Readers Poll eight out of the past eleven years. The Princeton Review also designated the University a  “America’s Best Value College” in 2007 and 2013 and a “Best Northeastern College” from 2005-2013.

Location: Worcester, MA

School Type: Public
Enrollment: 6,221

Application Deadlines:

–          Early Action– November 15

–          Regular Decision- March 1



Number of MHS students   that applied:
2013: 11 Applied 4 Admitted
2012: 11 Applied 4 Admitted
2011: 6 Applied 5 Admitted
2010: 15 Applied 7 Admitted

This university does not accept the Common Application.
SAT or ACT’s are required.

In-State Tuition (full year): $8,157

Room and board charge (full year): $11,000