Welcome New Students

Summer Orientations
The Campus Involvement Center and the Office of Academic Support work in conjunction to host four Summer Orientation days each summer. The dates for Summer 2013 include Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Monday, June 24, 2013, Friday, June 28, 2013 and Friday, August 30, 2013. International students will be invited to attend on Friday, August 30th. The purpose of Summer Orientation is to ensure that new students have a successful transition and integration into Mercyhurst University. The program promotes discussion among new and current students, parents/guardians, as well as faculty, staff and administrators on the expectations and perceptions of college life and the campus community.

By attending Summer Orientation students:
  • Have an effective and comprehensive academic advising session followed by the completion of a class schedule in his/her chosen major.
  • Gain more knowledge of the academic experience, student support services and student life.
  • Understand the necessity of taking ownership and academic responsibility in their educational process.
  • Have the opportunity to make connections with other students.
  • Gain a better understanding of the personal and financial responsibilities of attending college.
  • Begin to experience and embrace Mercyhurst's traditions, mission and core values.

Once a student is accepted to Mercyhurst University, they will be sent login and password information for the My.Mercyhurst portal where they will register for a Summer Orientation date and complete other pertinent information prior to attending Summer Orientation.

The following is an "At-A-Glance Summer Orientation" schedule:

8:30am Check-In
9:00am Welcome to Mercyhurst
9:25am Your Academic Success
10:25am Your Partnership with Mercyhurst

Parent Schedule:
11:30am University Partnerships Working for You
12:10pm Family Lunch
1:15pm Helping Your Student Navigate Success

Student Schedule:
11:30am Glimpse of Academic Registration, FERPA & Afternoon Activities
12:00pm Student Lunch & Ice Breakers with pre-assigned Laker Leader groups
1:00pm Students receive individualized afternoon schedules which include a Faculty Advising Appointment and Course Registration directions.

3:15pm Closing Presentation
3:30pm Campus Tours, Residence Hall Tours, Bookstore, Open Houses of Student Financial Services, One Card and Health Center

Welcome Week
At the start to every year, a fun and informative Welcome Week gives new students the chance to say their last goodbyes to parents and learn what the University, the campus and everything in their new Mercyhurst life is all about. Once students have moved into their residence halls, they can enjoy all of the Welcome Week fun.

Events start on Saturday, August 31st—the first day that students can move into their new residence halls—and continue until Wednesday, September 4th when classes begin. These fun activities range from the huge “Welcome Back Kick Off Party”, Casino Night, MU Olympics, Service Projects and closes with President Gamble’s Academic Convocation. Take part in the fun and supportive activities, services and programs to find your place, make friends, and live Mercyhurst Spirit!


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum