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Mercyhurst University Profile
Mercyhurst University is a fully accredited, four-year, Catholic, liberal arts institution originally founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1926. In the past 90+ years, Mercyhurst has earned a reputation as a thriving, cutting-edge university equipped with the academic programs, learning facilities, and faculty to deliver a quality 21st century education.
Today, we are home to more than 3,000 students, offering more than 50 undergraduate majors and more than 100 concentrations and minors. In addition, we offer unique adult programs and 12 master’s programs. Learn more about academics at Mercyhurst.
Our 75-acre main campus is located on a wooded hillside in Erie, Pennsylvania, overlooking beautiful Lake Erie. We’re approximately 100 miles from Cleveland, Ohio, and Buffalo, New York, and 130 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Learn more about Mercyhurst’s campus life.
Mercyhurst has received national recognitions, including:
- U.S. News & World Report, Best Value in the North Region, 2018-19
- U.S. News & World Report, Top-Tier University in the North Region, 2018-19
- Money magazine, Best Colleges for Your Money, 2017-18
- Money magazine, Top 50 Most Affordable Private Colleges in the Nation, 2015-16
- Catholic College of Distinction (five consecutive years)
- President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership
Applying to Mercyhurst
Applying to Mercyhurst is free and easy. Here’s what’s required from all applicants:
- Completed application, available at apply.mercyhurst.edu
- Self-reported high school grades
- Personal statement or writing sample
Mercyhurst also accepts the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Letters of recommendation and/or official high school transcripts may be required from some applicants. Auditions are required for students applying to the Dance or Music programs. TOEFL and/or SAT are required of international students; learn more about international admissions.
Mercyhurst is a test-optional university and does not require applicants to submit scores from standardized tests such as the SAT or the ACT. SAT or ACT scores are strongly recommended for merit-based scholarship consideration.
To expedite admissions decisions, Mercyhurst accepts self-reported high school grades on the undergraduate application. Admissions decisions are contingent on verification of the student’s academic record; most admitted students will be required to submit final high school transcripts before enrolling.
Mercyhurst accepts students on a rolling basis.
- Our recommended application deadline is March 1.
- Offers of admission are released on a weekly basis beginning in late September.
- Admitted students are strongly encouraged to confirm enrollment by May 1.
Enrollment deposit is $250 (nonrefundable).
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit campus when classes are in session. We host several open houses and preview days throughout the year, and personal campus visits are available Monday through Friday. Go to mercyhurst.edu/visit for details.
Find Us on the Road
Our admissions counselors make numerous visits to high schools, college fairs, and other events throughout the country during the fall and spring. Check out their upcoming visits below. Your school’s admissions representative is available to answer any questions, provide more information, or schedule a visit to your location.
Mercyhurst Student Outcomes
Research shows that Mercyhurst alumni are thriving in their professional and personal lives when compared with grads from other institutions. As impressive as our students’ outcomes are, we’re equally proud of the spirit of our university that makes it all possible. From the moment students arrive on campus, their successes are our highest priority. That’s why professors, advisors, and mentors go out of their way to get to know each student—their interests, strengths, and goals. That’s why we prize a culture of responsive, encouraging mentorship that lifts students to heights that once seemed out of reach. And that’s why faculty teach 100 percent of classes. (Students will never have a class taught by a graduate or teaching assistant.)
Every Laker graduates with more than a degree. A Mercyhurst education prepares our grads with resumes of valuable experiences and the essential abilities—to engage in critical and creative thinking, to research complex issues and innovate to solve challenges, and to write effectively and speak persuasively—prized by employers in today’s idea- and service-driven economy.
- Starting in the first year, the Career Services Office will help students begin building their portfolios for professional networking and connect them with internship opportunities.
- Students regularly collaborate with faculty and peers on long-term research studies and projects, and frequently present their findings at notable national conferences.
- More than 20 of our programs report a 100 percent job or grad school placement rate.
- 85 percent of our pre-professional students were accepted into health professional programs—25 percent above the national average.
- Our pre-law political science students have a more than 20-year-long record of 100 percent placement in law schools across the country, including Boston College, Michigan, and California-Davis.
- More than 80 percent of graduates report high levels of satisfaction in their careers.
- 48 percent of Mercyhurst grads reported obtaining advanced degrees beyond a bachelor’s.
Accelerated Scholars Program
Designed for high-achieving high school juniors, the Accelerated Scholars Program provides students the opportunity to earn a semester’s worth of college credits by taking authentic Mercyhurst courses during their junior and senior years in high school.
Students enroll in online Mercyhurst courses taught exclusively by esteemed faculty, earn transferrable college credits, and make modest monthly payments automatically charged to a credit or debit card. In addition, the credits may be eligible for dual enrollment at the student’s high school. Finally, students who later enroll at Mercyhurst will be eligible for a scholarship that effectively covers the costs associated with Accelerated Scholars. This means students can complete an entire semester of coursework before ever setting foot on campus while paying less for a college degree. Learn more at mercyhurst.edu/accelerated-scholars.
Transfer and Testing (AP, IB) Credits
Thanks to our flexible REACH Curriculum, the majority of the college and university credits that students have already earned—through undergraduate studies, dual enrollment, or testing—will fulfill core requirements for Mercyhurst degree programs.
As a fully accredited institution, Mercyhurst accepts most transfer credits from other accredited colleges and universities. In general, the credits earned for courses in which students have received a grade of “C” or higher will transfer to Mercyhurst. For students transferring from a community or junior college, Mercyhurst can accept a maximum of 60 credits, while students enrolling from four-year colleges or universities can transfer up to 80 credits. Credits earned for orientation, practicum experiences, internships, and student teaching do not transfer.
University credits can also be earned through students’ performance on Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Generally, students must score a 4 or 5 on their AP exams to receive university credits.
Slate.org is a free tool for school counselors, independent counselors, and community-based organizations to maintain awareness of where students reside in the admissions process, and conveniently and securely submit materials directly to institutions. Slate.org is designed to provide a stronger relationship between school counselors and admissions offices by keeping everyone on the same page with your students' best interests at heart.
As Mercyhurst implements Slate.org for the 2019-2020 academic year and recruitment cycle, we anticipate you’ll be able to use this platform to monitor your students’ statuses, submit missing application materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other needed materials), and check students’ final enrollment decisions.
One member of your school will be designated to manage permissions. Click here for an overview of how to get started. If you have previously submitted documents through the Common Application, you are pre-approved for a Slate.org account.
Mercyhurst Admissions prefers to receive application-related documents electronically—whether it’s through Common App, Naviance, Parchment or a similar platform. Even if you typically use one of these platforms, there may be times you find you need to submit a corrected transcript or other non-standard document. For those of you with other options, Slate.org is simply another option and a great way to submit that information securely. If you work at a school that does not have access to electronic document submission, Slate.org will provide this functionality.
Start Earning Scholarships
Mercyhurst partners with RaiseMe to offer high school students the opportunity to start earning micro-scholarships during their high school years. As early as freshman year in high school, your students can earn scholarship money for achievements in academics, sports, clubs, volunteer activities, and more. For students who enroll at Mercyhurst, the earned money will convert to scholarships, representing the minimum amount of financial aid they’ll receive in college. Students can get started at raise.me/join/mercyhurst.