Mercyhurst University

Visit Our Campus

For those who have visited Mercyhurst, no explanation is necessary...
For those who have not, no explanation will suffice.

Located on a hillside overlooking Lake Erie, our campus is known as one of the most beautiful in the region. Visiting Mercyhurst is really the best way to get to know the Laker Life—not only the history and academic culture, but a sense of the hospitality and spirit of community that animate life on campus. As you decide on which college or university is right for you, there are few considerations more important than a campus visit. For many Lakers, that’s the time they know they’ve found their place, the moment they know they’re home.

Old Main


Individual visits for you and your family are the best way to get to know the spirit of Mercyhurst, offering a customized campus experience that fits your interests and goals. During your one-on-one visit, you and your family will have the option to tour campus with a Student Ambassador, meet with an admissions counselor, speak with a faculty member or student, sit in on a class and enjoy lunch on us in Grotto Commons. Campus visits are available Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.


The Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosts different types of events throughout the year open to prospective students and their families.

Day-In Events

If you want a closer look at a specific academic program or set of disciplines, check out our Day-In events! These events are excellent opportunities to explore academics at the Hurst. You’ll get an in-depth look at our majors and the broader disciplines associated with each academic college, as you sit in on a class and meet with faculty and current students from your program—or programs—of interest. And, lunch is on us!

Day in Sports Medicine
Friday, January 25

Day in Intelligence Studies
Monday, February 11

Day in Education
Monday, February 18

Day in Computing and Information Science
Friday, February 22

Day in Hospitality Management
Thursday, March 14

Day in Intelligence Studies
Friday, March 22

Day in Criminal Justice
Monday, January 28

Day in Fashion Merchandising
Friday, February 15

Day in History
Monday, February 18

Day in Zurn College
Monday, February 25

Day in Applied Forensic Sciences
Friday, March 15

Day in Hafenmaier College
Monday, March 25


The Mercyhurst Visit Grant program allows students to travel long distances for a Mercyhurst visit by providing some assistance with travel expenses. Eligible students can receive up to a $500 award.

To be eligible, students must live at least 200 miles away from Mercyhurst’s Erie campus and submit original, itemized receipts and a 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 Visit Grant Request Form for additional details and deadlines.


The only thing that does our campus justice is our campus. From Mercyhurst’s beginning in 1926, founder Mother Borgia Egan sought to establish our campus as the “beauty spot in the diocese of Erie.” The English Gothic elements of Old Main, designed by prominent Philadelphia architect F. Ferdinand Durang, are carried throughout our academic buildings, athletic facilities and student residences, effecting an ideal setting for university life. As you walk under the Gothic arches and across the open greens and brick courtyards, you’ll find places on campus for everything from quiet study to a pickup game of Frisbee with friends.