For the first time in its history, Mercyhurst will stop accepting freshman applications from traditional students May 16. The announcement of the bold step in freshman admissions was made by Dr. William P. Garvey, college president, Friday, May 11 at a meeting with the college community. Garvey explained that behind the decision is the fact that as of last Friday, the admissions office had confirmations for 616 incoming freshmen, which is an all-time record freshman enrollment and almost 100 more than the college received last year at this point. Admission officials believe that the final freshman number this fall will crest between 650 and 675, which will maximize the facilities available at the college, thereby creating the need to stop any more applications other than those already in the admissions funnel.
Garvey noted that as of Tuesday, May 15, Mercyhurst has received 2,203 applications for freshman admission, a gain of nine percent over last year. “We're setting a cut-off date because five percent more students have accepted our offer than we anticipated,” Garvey said. “This means more and more people are finding Mercyhurst to be their first choice. This is a real compliment to the efforts of the faculty, administration and staff to create an attractive atmosphere for learning."
The average SAT score of incoming freshmen is around 1057, and the average ACT is 22. The average high school class ranking is in the top 30 percent, whereas last year it was in the top 33 percent. "Once again, we're seeing major growth in the size of the incoming class," said Robin Engel, director of undergraduate admissions. "This is an exciting time for Mercyhurst. The continued growth in enrollment, without a sacrifice of academic standards, is a tribute to the college as a whole and to the outstanding efforts of the entire admissions staff."
Engel said that the college would continue to accept applications from Erie adult students, transfers, and students interested in enrolling in the college's branch campus Mercyhurst-North East.