Mercyhurst North East Celebrates Applications Record

After the addition of the Michele and Tom Ridge Health and Safety Building and 10 additional townhouses just last year, the campus of Mercyhurst North East continues to experience growth—this time in its admissions department. With the receipt of 17 applications on Wednesday, Aug. 2, Mercyhurst North East broke the record for total applications in the college’s 15 year history. The old record for total applications of 1,303 now stands at 1,320 with 75 additional applications expected before the start of classes at the end of August.

College President Dr. Thomas J. Gamble believes the admissions success is the visible result of the hard work and tenacity of the employees of Mercyhurst North East. “The admissions staff, coaches, faculty and administration have worked hard, not just this year, but every year to build and grow the campus of Mercyhurst North East,” Gamble said. “We are now seeing the fruits of their labor in our application numbers. With the number of programs continuing to grow, a group of truly dedicated individuals supporting these endeavors and so many great opportunities at the campus, we are looking forward to many record-breaking years in the future.”

According to vice president of admissions Michael Lyden, several programs offered atMNE contributed to this record-setting year. “Our programs in registered nursing and practical nursing experienced a sharp jump in applications. We’ve also had strong interest in our early childhood education and physical therapy assistant programs, and our programs in business, criminal justice and computer systems continue to draw well. Our admissions staff has done an excellent job in communicating these opportunities to prospective applicants,” Lyden said. 

Travis Lindahl, director of admissions at MNE, also attributed the strong application number to the free online application and the dedication of the employees of Mercyhurst College. 

Dr. Gary Brown, executive vice president of Mercyhurst North East echoed Lindahl. “The “new” admissions team has worked diligently to increase applications during the last several months,” Brown said. “After 15 years, Mercyhurst North East is no longer the best kept secret in Erie County. We are competitively priced and truly offer students the opportunity to succeed in a very supportive academic environment.”

Mercyhurst North East will continue to accept applications for the fall term until Aug. 30. To apply, call 725-6144 or apply online for free at

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