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The iconic front gates of Mercyhurst University's 75-acre campus in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Carpe Diem... That’s been our motto since we got started in 1926. Officially, it’s Latin for “Seize the Day.” But to us, it means so much more. Carpe Diem means that Mercyhurst students never stop exploring, both within and beyond our gates. Here, you’ll have the freedom to discover not only what you want to do—but who you are and who you can become.

Mercyhurst provides a premier liberal arts education, which blends a diverse core curriculum with practical, hands-on education and professional preparation. Throughout your time at Mercyhurst, you'll gain valuable experience "beyond the gates" as you engage in rich service experiences, internships and co-operative placements, study abroad experiences, and faculty-mentored research and fieldwork. Every program requires a unique capstone experience to showcase your learning and expertise. A Mercyhurst education ensures that you get the knowledge and experience you deserve and that employers and graduate schools value. Learn more about what makes a Mercyhurst education special.

Applying to Mercyhurst

You can apply to Mercyhurst for free using our online application. If you already have a writing sample prepared, our online application takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Mercyhurst also participates in the Common Application. Mercyhurst University adopted a Test-Optional Admissions policy in 2015. We do not require SAT or ACT for admissions, through students who believe that their SAT or ACT scores represent a positive component of their admissions portfolio are invited to submit their official test scores. Student-athletes, however, still must submit SAT or ACT scores in accordance with NCAA’s policy for evaluating athletic eligibility. Learn more about our admissions requirements.

Visiting Mercyhurst

Students enrolled in a bachelor's degree program complete their coursework on our picturesque, 75-acre Erie campus, which overlooks the bayfront and Lake Erie. We strongly recommend that students schedule an individual campus visit or register for an open house. Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, Mercyhurst University is less than a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo.

Ways to Learn More

Interested in learning more about Mercyhurst? We'd be glad to send you and your family information specific to your interests — submit your request more information online. Feel free to contact your admissions counselor for more information, to learn about the application process or to discuss your specific circumstances. 

Affording Your Education

When it comes to affording your education, we don't believe in surprises. Our flat-billing practice allows you to enroll in up to 18 credit-hours per semester at no additional charge (great for picking up an extra major or shaving a semester off graduation). Four-year financial aid awards make financing your education affordable and predictable. Most internal scholarships and grants are automatically renewed as long as you make satisfactory academic progress. 

Consistent with our Mercy mission, Mercyhurst is one of the region's most affordable private universities. Last year, every student who applied for financial aid received some form of Mercyhurst grant or scholarship. The average four-year award was well above $70,000. When combined with federal, state, and external support, many students and families are surprised to find out how affordable a top-notch, liberal arts education can be. In order to qualify for aid, be sure to include Mercyhurst University on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — use school code 003297. Learn more about financial aid opportunities.