FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS

Transferring made simple.

Whether you’re transferring from a two-year or community college or a four-year institution, we appreciate your interest in Mercyhurst! As a Mercyhurst Laker, you’ll be part of a vibrant, lifelong academic community of scholars and alumni who are making a difference everywhere in the world.

Our transfer process is easy and straightforward, and we’ll work with you at every step of the way. Mercyhurst’s flexible core curriculum means we’ll accept the vast majority of academic credits that you’ve already earned. This ensures that transferring won’t set you back in your pursuit of a bachelor’s—you’ll graduate on schedule without spending extra time or money on your degree. 

Will My Credits Transfer?

As a fully accredited institution, Mercyhurst accepts most credits from other accredited institutions. In general, the credits you’ve earned for courses in which you 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. Please note that while course credits transfer to Mercyhurst, grade point averages do not.

Core Coursework

While the thought of transferring credits can seem daunting, here at Mercyhurst, we have made the process as seamless as possible. Thanks to our flexible REACH Curriculum, the majority of the credits you’ve already earned will fulfill core requirements for your Mercyhurst degree, helping to ensure you won’t fall behind. 

In an effort to increase diverse academic interests and collaboration across fields of study, REACH includes a broad set of core disciplines with dozens of options to satisfy each course. As a transfer student, you’ll benefit from this approach—most of your courses will be accepted as part of REACH and you can still graduate on time.

Major Courses and Electives

Mercyhurst’s department chairs help accommodate the transfer of major coursework. When reviewing transcripts, chairs consider whether the completed coursework applies to that program’s curriculum. Coursework is frequently accepted when students transfer to compatible programs. To see which courses have been accepted from various schools in the past, please click on the link below to access the Transfer Evaluation System tool.

Applying to Mercyhurst

There’s a place for you here! We welcome transfer applications from bright, engaging students looking for an enriching undergraduate experience. Our online application is free and easy, and you can apply for Fall or Spring semester entry.

Admissions Requirements

All transfer applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed online application, available for free at apply.mercyhurst.edu
  • Official high school transcripts, if you have completed fewer than 24 college credits.
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Once admitted and confirmed, students must submit official transcripts) 

Letters of recommendation are optional.

All transfer application documents should be directed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mercyhurst University
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546

For questions about transfer applications, please contact Assistant Director of Admissions Dana Irwin at dirwin@mercyhurst.edu or 814-824-3125.

If you’re transferring from Mercyhurst North East, Mercyhurst Corry or Mercyhurst at the Booker T. Washington Center, click here

Want to Know More?

Scholarships and Aid

As you explore your higher education options, we’re confident that when you consider affordability and availability of financial aid, Mercyhurst will stand out among our peers. We commit considerable institutional resources to mitigate college expenses for our families, giving us one of the lowest net tuitions in the region. To be considered for financial aid, you must re-file or submit a correction to your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include Mercyhurst University as a recipient. Our school code is 003297.

Transfer Scholarships

In addition to the donor-based scholarships offered at Mercyhurst, students transferring from other colleges or universities are eligible to receive merit-based transfer scholarships. The scholarships are awarded by the Committee on Academic Excellence during the admissions process. Candidates must meet certain academic requirements. Transfer scholarships include: 

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship — A student must be an active member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, be enrolled full-time, and have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Egan Scholarship — This merit-based scholarship starts at $10,000 for qualified students.

Transferring to Mercyhurst North East

Transferring to another college can be a frustrating process. The MNE admissions office strives to handle transfer admissions in an efficient and fair way. We do rely on the student to provide us with transcripts and other application materials in a timely manner. Call 814-725-6144 to speak with counselor about any transfer issues you may be having or send an email to neadmissions@mercyhurst.edu.

Standard Transfer Policies

Students who have previously attended a college or university must accept these transfer regulations to be accepted for certificate or degree programs.

  • Only courses with grades of C or greater are transferable
  • Letter grades and cumulative grade point average do not transfer
  • Science courses more than three years old may not transfer in (program director's discretion)
  • General coursework more than 10 years old may not transfer in (program director's discretion)
  • Transfers from other Registered Nursing or Practical Nursing programs need a letter of good standing from that program's department director
  • Associate degree students may transfer in up to 30 credits, but must complete at least one-half of the major requirements at MNE
  • Credit will generally be granted for courses that are reasonably equivalent in content to existing MNE courses (program director's discretion)
  • A certificate program student may transfer in up to six credits
  • Transcripts must be sent directly from schools previously attended to the MNE Office of Admissions

A Transfer Credit Evaluation form originates in the Office of Admissions. If a class you thought was going to transfer in is not included on the Transfer Credit Evaluation Form, you may appeal to the Office of Academic Affairs. A course description and copy of the transcript with the course in question is required.

MNE must also review your previous coursework to assure that you have made academic progress for the awarding of PHEAA state grants (if eligible).


Contact Us

Dana K. Irwin
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Transfer Coordinator
Phone: 814-824-3125
Email: dirwin@mercyhurst.edu