Mercyhurst University

Welcome, Adult Students

The Flexibility You Desire

Whether you are preparing for a new career, looking to expand your knowledge or returning to complete your degree, Mercyhurst University is committed to serving the diverse needs of adult students.

Adult students are defined as those who are 24 years of age or older, married, a veteran of the armed services or responsible for the majority of financial support of a dependent. Mercyhurst will engages adult students through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education, sometimes referred to as Adult Admissions.

Applying to Mercyhurst

Applicants are considered adult students if they have graduated from high school or earned a GED at least five years ago, or are veterans of the armed forces, married, or are financially responsible for dependent.

Adults wishing to complete undergraduate coursework as an 'adult student' may apply as one of the following:

  • Adult First-Time Student - adults who have never before attended college
  • Adult Transfer Student - adults who have attended college at some point in the past
  • Adult Re-Admit Student - adults who have previously attended Mercyhurst University
  • Adult Transient (Visiting) Student - students who are currently enrolled in another college or university and wish to complete one or more courses at Mercyhurst

Our online application is free and easy. You can apply for Fall or Spring term entry.

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For many of our programs, evening, weekend and online courses are available to supplement your schedule 

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Multiple campuses, including those in North East, Corry and at the Booker T. Washington Center in downtown Erie, provide additional opportunities to pick up courses to fulfill degree requirements

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Nationally ranked - Ranked in the top tier and No. 13 for graduation rate by U.S. News & World Report

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Academic options - More than 100 programs of study to choose from

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Pay less - Pay 33% less than traditional students

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Adult scholarships - Ask about our scholarship programs for adult students

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Will my credits transfer?

Mercyhurst is a fully accredited institution, which means most of your college credits earned at other accredited institutions will transfer with you. To determine which of your college credits will transfer and which equivalent courses you’ll receive credit for, sign up with Transferology, a free network service designed to help you explore your transfer options.

Cost & Aid

Adult students for the 2018-2019 academic year are billed at $2,295 per 3 credit course (or $765 per credit). Post-baccalaureate coursework is billed at $1,755 per 3 credit course (or $585 per credit).  Professional development courses are $555. Note that adult students are also responsible for a $80 registration fee and a $160 technology fee for each semester of enrollment. Additional fees may apply depending on lab credits and specprogram fees

Mercyhurst University offers a wide variety of financial aid programs to make your college education affordable. Students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA®); use school code 003297 when submitting your FAFSA®

Students should also consider student loans when financing their education. Mercyhurst is a direct federal lender, which means that students borrow funds directly from the federal government. Interest rates are below private market rates for both Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans. Students might also consider private education loans from banks and credit unions.

Hear Mike's Story

Mike was a busy dad that was also coaching football, all while going back to college at Mercyhurst. 

Contact Us:

Paul Hirsch
Admissions Enrollment Coordinator for Adult Students
Phone: 814-824-2985