Mercyhurst achieves recognition as 'Military Friendly School'

Mercyhurst University has been named a Military Friendly School for 2014. The ranking places the university among the top 15 percent of U.S. higher education institutions that value, recruit and support military students and veterans. 

In total, 12,000 American colleges and universities were ranked based on a data-driven survey administered by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of the Guide to Military Friendly Schools since 2003.

“Mercyhurst University is honored and pleased with this designation,” said Chris Coons, associate vice president for enrollment management. “The university is committed to offering an outstanding education to our veterans, as well as the resources and services to make their educational experience attainable.”

Mercyhurst openly welcomes students who have served the United States in the Active Duty Military, the Reserves or the National Guard. The university participates in both the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 educational bill, which covers the cost of tuition and fees of education and provides housing and textbook assistance for qualifying veterans, as well as the Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans who wish to transfer their benefits to children or a spouse.

The university offers a military science program, open to both men and women who are interested in learning about the military, while also gaining leadership and team building skills from the premier leadership course in the nation.

In addition, Mercyhurst partners with Gannon University and Penn State-The Behrend College to offer the Army Reserves Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. The “Pride of PA” Battalion was honored with the top ROTC award for the 2012-13 academic year. The local battalion was one of eight senior ROTC programs to receive the General Douglas MacArthur Award; nationally, there are a total of 273 ROTC programs.

For more information about the benefits of attending Mercyhurst University as a military student or veteran, visit or contact Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-825-1926 ext. 2202.

For more information about the Military Friendly School ranking system, visit

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