1,500 new students drive enrollment past 4,000

Mercyhurst College expects to enroll more students than ever this year, including the second-largest group of new undergraduates ever on the Erie campus and the largest group ever on the North East campus, President Tom Gamble announced today.

Dr. Michael Lyden, vice president of enrollment management and adult education, said total enrollment should top 4,000, including 767 new students at Erie, 500 new students at Mercyhurst North East, 125 new adult students, 100 new graduate students and 20 new students at Mercyhurst West. The North East and West campuses, as well as the Adult College and Graduate Center, are still actively registering students, he pointed out.

In Erie, 675 freshmen and 92 transfer students will arrive this weekend to begin their orientation. The total is just a dozen students shy of the record 779 who enrolled in fall 2004.

Mercyhurst North East welcomes 500 new students, well above the previous high of 461, including 200 new residents, also a new record, according to Travis Lindahl ’00, admissions director at MNE.

Geographically, the incoming undergraduates on the Erie campus represent 28 states, including Alaska, Arizona, Florida and Maine. New students are also coming from 15 countries, including Honduras, Peru, Ireland and Sweden. Overall, 240 international students are enrolled at Mercyhurst, a 28 percent increase over last year.

For the second year in a row, Mercyhurst has enrolled a record number of students from varying cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

About 93 percent of the new Erie students will reside on campus, occupying nearly all available beds.

J.P. Cooney ’98, director of undergraduate admissions, noted that the academic quality of the new students is especially strong, with a record 104 accepted into the Mercyhurst Honors Program. This group averaged more than 1200 on the SAT, 27 on the ACT and a high school grade point average of 3.8.

Welcoming and orientation activities for freshmen on the Erie campus begin Saturday and will continue through Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Monday is designated as “A Day of Service,” when more than 750 freshmen, faculty and orientation leaders board buses and head to 23 sites around Erie to perform more than 1,700 hours of community service, from park cleanups to outdoor walks with senior citizens.

Classes are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

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