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Admissions Requirements

Admissions decisions for enrollment at Mercyhurst University are made on a rolling basis; we continue to review applications and accept students until the freshman class is full. Application review begins in October and decision letters are mailed weekly beginning in November. There is no fee for Mercyhurst University’s application.

Application to Mercyhurst University requires:

  • An application — Use our streamlined online application or include Mercyhurst University when you complete the Common Application.
  • An official copy of your SAT or ACT scores — To send your scores directly to Mercyhurst University, use SAT Code 2410 or ACT Code 3629. Some high schools include official ACT and SAT scores on high school transcripts; if your high school follows this practice, we’ll use the scores on your transcript in lieu of a separate report from the College Board or ACT Inc. If you’ve taken the test multiple times, we consider the highest score you’ve received on each section of the test to generate your SAT or ACT “superscore.”
  • An official high school transcript — Talk to your school counselor to request an official transcript be sent to Mercyhurst. Transcripts for all coursework completed in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades are required. If you are granted admission, you’ll also need to send a final transcript following high school graduation.
  • A writing sample — Writing is a foundational part of our curriculum and we require a 250- to 500-word writing sample from all applicants. You submit your writing sample when you complete the online application or Common Application. You can respond to one of several writing prompts or, if you’d prefer, submit a sample of writing you’ve completed in high school which you feel best represents your ability.
  • A letter of recommendation — All applicants must submit a letter of recommendation, preferably from a teacher, school official, or employer.
  • Audition (for dance/music students) — Students applying to dance or music programs must also complete a performance audition. Both programs require supplemental application materials. Learn more about dance auditions and music auditions.
  • TOEFL (for international students) — International students from non-English speaking countries must complete the TOEFL and submit copies of their official scores.

Application materials should be sent to:

Mercyhurst University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546

Evaluation Criteria

Mercyhurst University evaluates applicants in terms of their academic abilities, leadership and extracurricular involvement, and the potential contributions they might make as members of our campus community.

Generally, we look for students who took a college preparatory curriculum in high school, completing 4 units of English, 5 units of social studies, 3 units of mathematics, 2 units of science (with corresponding labs), and 2 units of foreign language. These are strongly recommended minimums, though your admissions counselor will consider the totality of your high school curriculum when evaluating your application.

Because we are committed to fostering a community of students with a wide variety of interests, skills, abilities, and backgrounds, we strongly recommend that applicants meet with their admissions counselor, either through a campus visit, high school visit, or conversation by phone. These meetings help your counselor understand how you might enrich our community of learners and provide him or her with a sense of your character, individuality, and integrity.

Admission to Mercyhurst is competitive. Generally, students who are performing better than average within their high school are considered for admission. The median SAT score for last year’s accepted students was 1570.