Mercyhurst College expects to open the 2009-2010 academic year with more than 800 new students at the Erie campus for only the second time in its 83-year history, Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas J. Gamble announced today.
The entering class on the Erie campus includes 680 freshmen from 30 states and 15 foreign countries. Of those, 22 percent are from Erie County. In the past four years, Mercyhurst has doubled its complement of Erie County freshmen: 76 in 2006; 104 in 2007; 113 in 2008; and 145 in 2009.
Mercyhurst Erie also anticipates 125 transfer students, among them 50 who are transferring from Mercyhurst North East. Also enrolled at Mercyhurst Erie this fall are 120 adult undergraduates and a record 145 graduate students.
Despite a grueling economic crisis, Mercyhurst made strong gains in admissions on the strength of a number of factors, said Dr. Michael Lyden, vice president of enrollment.
“First of all, our admissions staff under director Chris Coons did a remarkable job, and our new residence hall was a big draw,” he said. “But, most of all, encouraged by our president, Dr. Gamble, and our provost, Dr. James Adovasio, our faculty and coaches provided tremendous support for the recruiting effort, reaching out to prospective students and introducing them to the college from their various perspectives. It was truly a college-wide undertaking.”
In all, Mercyhurst anticipates a banner year with enrollment topping 4,200 students on its Erie, North East and West campuses.
Mercyhurst North East is experiencing another impressive fall enrollment period, preparing to welcome approximately 500 new students for a total enrollment of around 1,050.
“This goal was accomplished through the strength of our nursing, physical therapist assistant and new allied health programs that include respiratory therapist, medical lab technician and occupational therapy assistant,” noted Travis Lindahl, MNE admissions director. “Another key contributor stems from successfully retaining students from last year’s record fall, winter and spring new student cohorts.”
Mercyhurst West in Girard expects to enroll 16 new students, taking its total student count to around 40.
Besides experiencing a new residence hall designed especially for them, freshmen entering the Erie campus this fall will enjoy a new food service provider in Parkhurst Dining Services. They’ll discover a number of progressive new academic offerings, including majors in Russian studies, graphic design and studio arts. The freshmen will also choose among a series of new four-credit interdisciplinary courses taught by leading Mercyhurst scholars, including President Gamble, that are specifically designed to acclimate them to the academic life at Mercyhurst.
A new human anatomy lab, new archaeology field school in Taos, N.M., a revitalized Prestigious Awards Program and redesigned pre-health and pre-law programs are also among the new opportunities at Mercyhurst this year.