Because Mercyhurst focuses on providing hands-on opportunities for our students to apply their knowledge, we have invested millions of dollars in facilities and technology. In many cases, our students have access to facilities that rival that of major universities but with small class sizes, students actually have the ability to use the equipment rather than watching someone else use it. Check out your intended major's website to learn more and visit campus to get the full effect!


Audrey Hirt Academic Center
The 45,000 square foot Audrey Hirt Academic Center was built in 2002 with Collegiate Gothic architecture to complement the majestic Tudor style of Old Main. Distinguished by a dome visible from the four corners of the campus, the Audrey Hirt Academic Center contains an atrium, technology-rich classrooms, faculty offices, the Walker Recital Hall and special facilities for graphic arts, communication, education, the honors program and the college yearbook.

Zurn Hall of Science and Fine Arts
The Zurn Hall of Science and Fine Arts contains modern, well-equipped science laboratories for archaeology, biology, chemistry, forensics, geology, physics and earth-space studies and spacious art studios for drawing, painting, ceramics and photography.

Hammermill Library
The Hammermill Library is a fully automated facility, providing electronic bibliographic and research capabilities for student use. !ere are over 100 public accessible computers throughout the library as well as wireless access. There are 11 sit-down workstations in the Reference area on the second and five stand-up kiosks throughout the library. These computers are primarily intended for access to our online catalog and other online resources as well as the Internet.

Mathematics Lab
The mathematics lab, located on the second floor of Hammermill Library, is staffed by a professional instructor and by trained peer tutors who provide assistance with mathematics course concepts, participation in regularly scheduled study groups for specific courses, and resources for students needing developmental mathematics assistance. The lab staff will work directly with individual mathematics professors to provide information and assistance to the students enrolled in their courses. Available resources include:

  • Computers
  • Appropriate math software
  • Graphing calculators
  • Textbooks
  • Math exercises

Writing Center
The Writing Center consults with students individually at any stage of the writing process, including analyzing and understanding the assignment, revising and editing a rough draft and proofreading a rough draft. Students may submit projects such as College Writing papers, research papers, résumés, business letters, lab reports, poetry or fiction. Writing Center tutors will work with students to help them improve their writing skills. The Writing Center is located on the second floor of the Hammermill Library.

Language Laboratory
The Department of World Languages and Cultures operates a laboratory in the Hammermill Library to facilitate the learning of languages. Students listen to tapes at any of several playback terminals which are tied in to a master station operated by the laboratory director.

Mercyhurst Bookstore
A new 7,500 square foot bookstore/coffee bar opened December 2003, affording the college community a greatly enlarged selection of trade books, periodical magazines, newspapers, textbooks, and college merchandise. The coffee bar features Starbucks coffee, pastries and baked goods, juices, and deli sandwiches.


Biology, Chemistry, Pre-Health Sciences Laboratories

  • Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
  • Donald and Judith Alstadt Laboratory for Molecular and Cellular Research
  • Hirtzel Human Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
  • Ecology Laboratory
  • Microbiology Laboratory

Mini Research Laboratories

  • Cryobiology Laboratory
  • Real-Time PCR Laboratory
  • Microscope Room
  • Tissue Culture Laboratory
  • Benthic Lab/Animal Laboratory

Anthropology/Archaeology Laboratories

  • Archaeological Processing Laboratory
  • Ceramic Artifact Analysis Laboratory
  • Historic Laboratory
  • Lithic Artifact Analysis Laboratory
  • Preservation and Conservation Laboratory
  • R. L. Andrews Center for Perishable Analysis
  • Graphic and GIS Laboratory

Applied Forensic Science Laboratories

  • Applied Forensic Sciences Classroom
  • Forensic Anthropology Processing Laboratory
  • Forensic Recovery Van
  • Comparative Osteological Collection Laboratory
  • Forensic Anthropology Facility, North East

Geology Laboratories

  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentation Laboratory
  • Mineralogy and Petrology Laboratory

Baltus Observatory
Named after Sr. M. Matthew Baltus, R.S.M., the observatory consists of a rotary dome which houses a 14-inch Celestron reflector telescope with equatorial mounting and geosincronic motor that allows for extended observation. The telescope is automatized by a computer that also allows for computerized observations through the use of CCD cameras. Extra facilities allow for its use in astrophotography and photometry. !e facility is available for students taking astronomy courses.

Field Sites

  • Jean B. & J. Douglas James Ecological and Wildlife Preserve
  • Mary Jo and Ed Maier Field Station
  • Girard Farm
  • Presque Isle State Park
  • Lake Erie Bluffs State Park
  • Asbury Woods Nature Center

Affiliate Research Facilities

  • Tom Ridge Environmental Center
  • Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center


Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center
The Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center is a beautiful facility built in 1996 on the south side of the campus behind Zurn Hall. The center seats 824 and has a performance stage of 3,400 square feet. As such, it is the only facility between Erie and Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Cleveland capable of handling the technical requirements of the most elaborate productions, including ballet and opera. Especially marveled for its acoustics, it was designed as a showcase for the performing arts. It is conducive not only to the cultural aspirations of the College and its external community, but also serves as a venue for students and faculty of the college to perform in a magnificent professional setting.

Walker Recital Hall
This performance hall found inside the Audrey Hirt Academic Center seats 250 and features a 32’ by 72’ stage.

D'Angelo Music Building
The D’Angelo Music Building is a three-level facility housing an entire floor of practice rooms, five classrooms, faculty studios, and an all-purpose rehearsal room.

The Dance Department enjoys a state of the art complex including two expansive studios, faculty and staff offices, lecture room, dressing rooms, lobby and student lounge.


Laker TV
The student-run television station, Laker TV, is housed in the lower level of the Audrey Hirt Academic Center. The station features programming produced by students, projects created in classes, coverage of major events on campus and information about the Erie community. Students create the program and produce it under student station managers.

The Merciad
The Merciad office offers students the opportunity to work for Mercyhurst University award-winning weekly newspaper. Students can join any of the following sections: news, features, sports, editorial, opinion, graphics, photography, advertising and web. The staff welcomes students from all majors and class years. The newspaper's office is located in the lower level of the Audrey Hirt Academic Center.


Mercyhurst University is a completely networked campus, including student dorm rooms and apartments. The Mercyhurst campus network provides each student access to: the Internet; a personal e-mail account; an individual folder for network storage; online courses in Blackboard; online registration, grades and
the Hammermill Library collections. Wireless access is available throughout the campus.

Classrooms in all academic buildings are outfitted with Internet access and smart podiums including control panels for computers, DVD/VCR’s, projection and sound. Computer laboratories available to all students are located in Old Main, the Hammermill Library, and in the Hirt Academic Center. Lab operating systems
include UNIX, Windows and Mac OS. Mercyhurst’s computer systems are regularly updated and expanded. The College also maintains computer laboratories in many disciplines, including business, education, art, interior design, fashion merchandising, psychology, hospitality management, archaeology/ anthropology, math and physical sciences, the social sciences, and the intelligence studies program.