Consistent with our mission and values, Mercyhurst University takes a holistic approach when reviewing applicants and making admissions decisions. We evaluate applicants in terms of their academic abilities and potential, leadership and extracurricular involvement, and the potential contributions they might make as members of our campus community. We strongly recommend that applicants meet with their admissions counselor, either through a campus visit or event, a high school visit, or a conversation by phone.

To complete your application for admission to Mercyhurst, you'll need to submit:

  • Basic biographical information
  • A high school transcript (self-reported or unofficial are acceptable)
  • A recommendation letter
  • A writing sample

Mercyhurst does not charge an application fee, and also offers test-optional admission; SAT or ACT scores are not required. Applications are read on a rolling basis, so the sooner you submit your application, the sooner you'll receive an admissions decision.

    Test-Optional Admissions Policy

    We do not require the SAT or ACT for admissions, though students who believe that their SAT or ACT scores represent a positive component of their admissions portfolio are invited to submit their official test scores. To send your scores directly to Mercyhurst University, use SAT Code 2410 or ACT Code 3629.  

    Students who are required to submit SAT or ACT scores include student-athletes and homeschooled students. In addition, students seeking admission to colleges or universities with whom Mercyhurst University has affiliation agreements may also be required to submit their scores to the affiliated institutions. To apply for test-optional consideration, complete the Request for Test-Optional Consideration form in your Admissions Portal.

    Holistic Review

    Mercyhurst University evaluates applicants in terms of their academic abilities, leadership and extracurricular involvement, and the potential contributions they might make as members of our campus community. Generally, students who are performing better than average within their high school are considered for admission.

    In addition to considering your academic and personal credentials, we also consider your application in the context of your life circumstances by considering the availability of resources in your high school and the strength of its curriculum, your unique family and economic circumstances. We do this to ensure applicants are not unfairly penalized if they did not have sufficient access to college-application resources and services.

    Generally, we look for students who took a college preparatory curriculum in high school:

    • 4 units of English
    • 5 units of social studies
    • 3 units of mathematics
    • 2 units of science (with corresponding labs)
    • 2 units of foreign language

    Supplemental Review

    Some applicants are chosen for supplemental review. In some cases, your admissions counselor believes that his or her admissions and financial aid decisions would be better informed with additional information. In other cases, we randomly select students for supplemental review as part of our assessment and continuous improvement practices. If you are selected for supplemental review, there is no need to worry; it is not a reflection of your admissibility. Supplemental review applicants are generally admitted at the same rate as traditional applications.  

    If you’re selected for supplemental review, your admissions counselor may request: 1) an on-campus or phone interview to learn more about you, 2) completion of a supplemental questionnaire, or 3) a graded writing assignment you completed as part of your high school curriculum (the paper must be analytical/critical in nature and demonstrate your ability to integrate and communicate complex ideas; your arguments must be well-supported).

    Advanced Placement (AP) Credit Policy

    Earned from high school prior to entering Mercyhurst, for course equivalency to be awarded, students must earn a score of 4 or above on the AP exam. Official scores from the College Board can be sent to the Office of Admissions prior to enrolling, or to the Registrar's Office if a student is already enrolled.

    Contact Us

    Undergraduate Admissions
    Mercyhurst University
    501 East 38th Street
    Erie, PA 16546
    Phone: 814-824-2202
    Email: admissions@mercyhurst.edu