Mercyhurst University

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Mercyhurst University began in September 1926 when Mother M. Borgia Egan and the Sisters of Mercy of the Erie Catholic Diocese opened what was then Mercyhurst College on a hillside overlooking the city of Erie, Pennsylvania. As Mercyhurst grew from an all-female college to a coeducational university of national renown, the pioneering spirit and indomitable will of the founding Sisters still resonate across Mercyhurst’s diverse and welcoming campus, a place that champions reason and faith, academic excellence and leadership in service.

On campuses in Erie, North East and Corry, Pennsylvania, Mercyhurst serves more than 4,100 students through an extensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs. With a strong foundation in the liberal arts, Mercyhurst is committed to enhancing higher education with cutting-edge technological initiatives and modern facilities alongside small class sizes and dedicated faculty. The university has earned acclaim from U.S. News & World Report, Money magazine and Colleges of Distinction, among many others.

With the inauguration of President Michael T. Victor, Mercyhurst celebrates the continuation of strong, inspired leadership and the sustained revitalization of the pioneering Mercy spirit throughout the university community. In his first year, President Victor has demonstrated a healthy respect for tradition and strong vision for the future while guiding the university on a number of groundbreaking initiatives.