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Who We Are

Mercyhurst University is a Fully accredited, four-year, Catholic, liberal arts institution founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy. Mercyhurst has evolved considerably since, earning university status in 2012. Today we are home to more than 3,000 students, offering more than 50 undergraduate majors with 67 concentrations as well as unique adult programs and eight graduate degrees.


Our 75-acre main campus is in Erie, Pennsylvania, the state's only Great Lakes port city. We're approximately 100 miles from Cleveland, Ohio and Buffalo, New York and 130 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Admission Details

Mercyhurst is a competitive higher education institution. Campus visits are strongly recommended, and application requirements are listed below:

  • Mercyhurst University Application or Common Application. There is no fee to apply
  • Official high school transcript. Transcripts can be submitted electronically through Naviance/The Common App, eSCRIP-SAFE, or Parchment. Hard copy documents can be mailed to Mercyhurst University, Office of Admissions, 501 E 38th St, Erie, PA 16546
  • ACT or SAT scores. Test scores listed on official high school transcripts will be accepted.  Scores can be sent directly to Mercyhurst using SAT code 2410 or ACT code 3629
  • Test-Optional consideration request. We do not require the SAT or ACT for admissions. Students must sumbit the Request for Test-Optional Consideration to have test scores omitted from their application:  Test Optional Form
  • Untimed 250-word personal statement
  • Academic recommendation
  • Audition for Dance or Music students
  • TOEFL and/or SAT scores are required for international students

Mercyhurst accepts students based on rolling admissions:

  • Our recommended application deadline is March 1
  • Offers of admission are sent on a weekly basis beginning in early November
  • Accepted student reply date is May 1
  • Enrollment deposit is $400 (non-refundable)

Campus Visits 

Come see Mercyhurst yourself! To schedule an appointment, please contact the admissions representative that represents your location. We'd love to show you our beautiful campus and provide you additional information on our innovative programs.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit campus when school is in session. Admissions appointments for prospective students are available Monday through Friday. In addition to campus tours and meetings with admissions representatives, arrangements can be made to attend classes and meet with faculty. There are also Open House programs available in the fall and spring of each academic year.

Clubs & Athletics

At Mercyhurst, 99 percent of students join a club or organization. Our more than 80 Recognized Student Clubs and Organizations (RSCOs) offer something for every interest, from Equestrian Club to Drama Guild. Athletics also play a major role in the life and spirit of the 'Hurst. In fact, 25 percent of our students compete in one of our 24 varsity sports, all of which are competitive in either NCAA Division I or II.

Most Popular Majors

Mercyhurst offers more than 50 majors, plus a variety of minors and concentrations. For a complete list of our degree programs, go to academics.

Some of our most popular majors for new students include:

Students & Courses

Mercyhurst offers a world-class liberal arts education with a hands-on approach to learning. Every major requires a capstone course that provides students with the opportunity to apply what they've learned in the classroom and in a practical setting.

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,850
  • 300 full-time graduate students
  • Average class size is 20 students
  • All courses are taught by faculty, no graduate or teaching assistants


  • US News & World Report -- top tier (#46 in 2012), Northern Universities
  • President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (four years in a row)
  • US Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership -- leadership level


  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • The Council on Social Work Education
  • The Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
  • National Association of Schools of Dance
  • The National Athletic Trainers Association
  • The American Physical Therapy Association
  • The National Association of Schools of Music
  • International Assembly of Collegiate Business Educators

2015 Freshman Profile*

  • 2,800 Applications
  • 2,245 Admits
  • 606 Freshmen
  • 255 Freshmen Men
  • 351 Freshmen Women
  • 3.28 Average GPA
  • 1520 Average SAT
  • 23 Average ACT

*As of August 24, 2015

Geographic Distribution

  • Pennsylvania 39%
  • New York 23%
  • Ohio 11%
  • And more than 30 states and 26 countries

Cross Applicant Institutions

Mercyhurst University applicants also seek admission to a wide variety of other colleges and universities.  The most popular choices in the previous few years include:

  • Duquesne University
  • John Carroll University
  • Gannon University
  • Penn State University
  • Ohio University
  • University of Dayton
  • Allegheny College
  • Canisius College
  • Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Niagara University
  • Miami University (OH)

Your Admissions Representative

Your school's admissions representative is available to answer and questions, provide more information, and to schedule a visit at your location or ours.