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Mercyhurst welcomes 700 new undergrads

Thursday, August 17, 2017

When the 2017-2018 academic year begins at Mercyhurst University on Wednesday, Aug. 23, more than 700 new undergraduates will fill the classrooms.

Move-In Day for new students is Friday, Aug. 18. Then on Monday, Aug. 21, these 700 students will get their first immersion experience as a cohort when they participate in the traditional Day of Service. The annual project sends the students by busload throughout Erie County to perform what amounts to thousands of hours in community service.

“We are excited to welcome our new students, who this year hail from 28 states and 22 foreign countries,” said Mercyhurst President Michael T. Victor. “This is another strong academic class and we look forward to these students earning their degrees and making an impact on Mercyhurst University.”

The average GPA for incoming freshmen is 3.4, with nearly 50 percent of the class earning at least a 3.5, according to undergraduate admissions director Christian Beyer. One in five is entering with a perfect 4.0, and 20 percent had earned college or AP placement credit.

The most popular majors include Biology, Criminal Justice, Dance, Fashion Merchandising, Forensic Science, Hospitality, Intelligence Studies, Sport Business and Sports Medicine.

On a lighter note, Beyer said the most popular names among incoming students are Cameron, Emma, Hannah, Jacob, Lauren, Matthew, Rachel, Megan and Nicholas.

Meanwhile, the university’s new policy that all but local students live on campus, combined with a record freshman class last year, was not without complications and, in fact, increased the urgency for more and better housing.

Thus, this year’s strategy was to drive enrollment in areas like online education, adult and graduate programs, all of which saw increases, while simultaneously constructing a sophomore residence hall that, come Fall 2018, will house an estimated 350 students.

In other enrollment news, Mercyhurst North East expects to welcome 325 new students from 15 states.