Visit Our Campus

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Old Main, constructed in the 1920s, is the 'heart' of Mercyhurst's Erie campus.

Many students and families find campus visits to be one of the most important considerations when deciding on a college or university. The campus visit helps you and your family understand the unique culture and climate of a campus — helpful in deciding whether or not a certain school is "right" for you. With one of the most picturesque and friendly campuses in the region, our student Ambassadors would love to show you around. 

Campus Visits

Individual campus visits are the best way to enjoy our campus experience. On an individual visit, one of our outstanding Ambassadors will give you and your family a campus tour — tours generally average about one hour. Following that, you’ll meet with your admissions counselor to discuss the application and financial aid process. Your counselor will also use the meeting to learn more about you and how a ‘Hurst education might benefit you. If you and your family would like, we’re also glad to arrange for you to eat in the campus dining hall, sit in on a class in a major of interest, or arrange a one-on-one meeting with a faculty member.

Individual visits are available throughout the summer months according to the following schedule:

Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. 

Fridays at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Tours will not be available on Friday, June 24, Monday, June 27 and Friday, August 5 due to Summer Orientation for new students

To schedule your visit, please contact us at (800) 825-1926 x 2202. To ensure we can arrange the best visit experience for you, we recommend scheduling your visit at least one week in advance (though we're glad to show you around whenever you're in the area).

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Summer Preview Days

Our Summer Preview Days are a great way for high school students to learn more about Mercyhurst University. Summer Preview Days begin with an admissions presentation where you’ll learn about Mercyhurst, the application process, and financial aid opportunities. In addition, attendees will hear from faculty members and current students during panel discussions. Group tours led by one of our Ambassadors will be provided and the day includes lunch in Herrmann Student Union (June 25th) or an ice cream social (August 25th). Please see the registration page below. Contact Andrea Grady, associate director of admissions, with questions. Andrea can be reached at (800) 825-1926 x3021 or by email at

Summer Preview Day Registration

Summer Preview Day Schedule of Events -- June 25th

Summer Preview Day Schedule of Events -- August 25th

Explore Erie

Students unfamiliar with the Erie area are encouraged to spend time exploring the Erie region while in town for a campus visit or open house. With just over 100,000 residents, Erie is one of the largest cities in Pennsylvania and has most of the offerings you’d expect of a city its size. Consider exploring the Millcreek Mall and Upper Peach areas for shopping and entertainment amenities, enjoying a meal at one of Erie’s downtown restaurants, having fun at a local amusement or water park, learning more about the rich cultural and performing arts opportunities in the area, or the jewel of the region — the Lake Erie bayfront and Presque Isle State Park (with over 13 miles of beaches). Mercyhurst University students enjoy free transportation throughout the Erie area through a cooperative agreement with Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority and a campus shuttle supported and managed by Mercyhurst Student Government.

Mercyhurst Visit Grant

The Mercyhurst Visit Grant program allows students traveling long distances to visit Mercyhurst some assistance with travel expenses.  Eligible students receive up to a $500 award, distributed on the first semester of in-class study, as a reimbursement for certain travel expenses related to an official campus visit or admissions event.  Freshmen and transfer students applying to the College of Baccalaureate Studies are eligible for the grant.  To be eligible, students must live at least 200 miles away from Mercyhurst's Erie, PA campus and submit original, itemized receipts along with the Request Form.  Eligible expenses include economy travel by train, plane, bus, and car (fuel and toll expenses for car travel, provided receipts are kept) and one standard hotel room for one night.  Due to NCAA regulations, student athletes are ineligible for the grant.  See the Request Form for additional details and deadlines.

Campus Map

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