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US News & World Report

  • Mercyhurst University climbed to #41 among Best Regional Universities in the North.
  • The university tied for fifth among the 32 Pennsylvanian universities, achieving top-tier honors in the North Region.
  • Mercyhurst was ranked No. 32 out of 50 among Best Colleges for Veterans (North).
  • U.S. News and World Report ranks Mercyhurst 13th among more than 180 colleges and universities in the region for “Most International Students.”

College of Distinction

  • Mercyhurst University is the only university in Erie County to earn a College of Distinction, and the first and only Catholic College of Distinction in the region. Check out Mercyhurst’s profile

50 Most Affordable Private Colleges (Nation)

  • Money Magazine determined that generous aid packages combined with lower-than-average tuition earned Mercyhurst the honor of being one of the most affordable private universities in the nation.

2015 College Choice

  • Mercyhurst is ranked as #29 among Northern Regional Universities by the 2015 College choice Rankings.
  • The 2015 college Choice Rankings also ranks Mercyhurst as #35 among National Catholic Colleges and Universities.

Community Service

  • For the third consecutive year, Mercyhurst University was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for its commitment to volunteerism, service learning and civic engagement.
  • Winner of the 2008 WQLN Collegiate Challenge, which pits area colleges against each other in a friendly fundraiser in support of public broadcasting.

Academic Distinctions

  • Home to the Mercyhurst College Institute for Intelligence Studies, the world's largest full-time academic enterprise educating intelligence analysts for government and the private sector.
  • Home to the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute, the only division-level program of its kind in North America.
  • Mercyhurst University was named a Military Friendly School for 2014.
  • Mercyhurst was named by as offering one of the “Top 25 Fashion Merchandising Programs" in the nation. We are ranked No. 16.

99 Colleges the Give Every Freshman a Scholarship (nation)

  • Money Magazine named Mercyhurst as one of the 99 colleges and universities in the nation that provide every incoming freshmen with a scholarship. Mercyhurst joins 17 other Pennsylvania colleges on this list, but is the only one named in Erie County.

Environmental & Green Initiatives

  • Achieved leadership level recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, which recognizes organizations making a significant commitment to renewable energy initiatives.
  • Earned Generation E Green Business Award  

Athletics/Scholar Recognitions

  • '11 Mercyhurst men's lacrosse team wins NCAA Division II National Championship
  • 09-10 Mercyhurst wins the award for the highest cumulative GPA among all athletes in the PSAC conference
  • 58.7 winning percentage (273-190-8)
  • 1 National Championship (NCAA II Rowing, Varsity 8)
  • 12 teams selected to respective NCAA Tournament
  • 20 teams qualified for respective conference tournament
  • 63 All-Conference selections
  • 12 All-America selections
  • 2 Coaches of the Year
  • 2 Players of the Year
  • 2 Rookies of the Year
  • 326 Mercyhurst Scholar-Athletes
  • 233 PSAC Scholar-Athletes
  • 2 PSAC Top 10 Winners
  • 83 Members of the National College Athlete Honor Society, Chi Sigma Alpha, Pi Chapter
  • 2 NCAA Elite 88 Award Winners
  • 2 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-Americans
  • 7 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First Team
  • 2 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Second Team
  • 2 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Honorable Mention


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