Your future awaits.

For nearly a century, Mercyhurst has been home to writers, scientists, performers, researchers, and leaders just like you. Passionate and curious students fill our campus with diverse experiences, new ideas and perspectives, unique interests, and exciting aspirations. We welcome students from all over the country—and world—to join us in living the Laker Life. A Mercyhurst education will not only prepare you for a rewarding career after graduation, but also equip you with the support, confidence, and determination to help create a better world. It's time to seize the day.

The Laker Journey: Your First Steps 

Campus Visits and Events

Visiting Mercyhurst’s picturesque campus in Erie, Pennsylvania, is one of the best ways to get to know what living the Laker Life is all about. Many current Mercyhurst students can recount their first experience stepping foot on campus and knowing that Hurst was their Home. Schedule an individual campus visit where you and your family will tour campus with a student Ambassador and meet with an admissions counselor, or attend one of our many on-campus or virtual admissions events throughout the year. Virtual campus visits and individual meetings with an admissions representative that do not include a campus tour are also available.

Applying to Mercyhurst

Choosing a college or university is a big decision, one that requires careful consideration of a number of factors. Through our holistic application process and review, we want to get an idea of who you are as an individual—not reduce you to a number or transcript. We do not require SAT or ACT scores, though students who believe their scores represent a positive component of their admissions portfolio are invited to submit them. 

You can complete our free online application in about 15 minutes! We also accept the Common Application and the Coalition Application. Mercyhurst admits students on a rolling basis, which means the sooner you apply, the sooner you'll receive your admissions decision.

Find Your Program

Mercyhurst University is a nationally ranked institution offering more than 50 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate programs, and a variety of post-baccalaureate and non-degree opportunities. No matter where your interests lie—Intelligence Studies, Dance, Education, Fashion Merchandising, Nursing, and more—there is a program at Mercyhurst for you!

Explore Mercyhurst’s undergraduate majors to see what hands-on opportunities, experiential projects, and close faculty mentorship will await you. With our flexible REACH core curriculum, many students are able to pick up an extra major or a few minors to round out their resumes and fully explore their passions and academic interests. It is our goal that each step of your undergraduate career will present you with new opportunities to grow as a professional.

Affordability and Value

A Mercyhurst education is within your reach! We pride ourselves in being one of the most accessible and affordable universities in the region and provide generous scholarships and grants to students. Grounded in our Mercy values, we commit considerable institutional resources to minimizing college expenses for families, so that anyone in search of a quality education can find it at MU. This goal is supported through our robust four-year financial aid awards, with most internal scholarships/grants being automatically renewed as long as satisfactory academic progress is made. Visit our Cost and Financial Aid webpage to see just how affordable a Mercyhurst education can be!

In order to qualify for aid, be sure to include Mercyhurst on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using school code 003297. Our recommended filing date for FAFSA is no later than March 15 of the year you plan to enroll.