All-time high number of Lakers calling Mercyhurst home this year

Mercyhurst College’s total enrollment for the academic year 2003-2004 surged to an all-time high of 3,837 students, effective Thursday, Sept. 18, surpassing last year’s record of 3,709 students, a gain of 128.

With both the Erie and North East campuses experiencing record high enrollments, it appears likely Mercyhurst will exceed 4,000 students in the next academic year as it nears its projected cap of 4,200 students, noted college President Dr. William P. Garvey.

According to the current general enrollment profile, which compiles data from both campuses, there are more than 3,000 students enrolled in Erie and nearly 800 at North East. The report shows 2,374 women and 1,463 men taking classes at Mercyhurst. Of those, 3,309 are full time; 528 are part-time students. Undergraduates total 3,652; graduate students, 185.

Meanwhile, 680 first-time freshmen, representing 22 states and 12 foreign countries, arrived at the Erie campus this fall, the second highest total in college history. North East welcomed 450 new students. Add 105 transfers and new adult and graduate students into the equation for a total new student population of 1,413.

The class breakdown in the undergraduate category of the total enrollment report identifies 1,531 freshmen, 877 sophomores, 635 juniors, 478 seniors, and 131 unclassified (includes post-baccalaureate and transfer students).

The undergraduate summary also shows 431 students at the adult college, 17 at the Corry Center, and 21 in municipal police training. Noteworthy is the fact that 42 high school students, representing Mercyhurst Preparatory School, Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy and North East High School are taking college classes through Mercyhurst this fall, an increase of 22 over last year’s 20.
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