Earn your college degree close to home.

Mercyhurst University’s Booker T. Washington (BTW) Campus makes starting a college education or obtaining a degree affordable and accessible to members of the Erie community who may not have thought attending college was possible. Whether you are a traditional high school student, a dislocated worker, or an adult looking for a career change, the degree and certificate programs available on site allow you to get the education you need to advance your career plans or get started on a four-year degree. 

A Mercyhurst education is well respected by community leaders, area employers, and experts from a wide variety of disciplines, and Mercyhurst is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, and other leading publications for distinguished honors. Students at our BTW Campus are full Mercyhurst students with access to the learning resources and services on all our campuses. 

Fast Facts

  • Students can take advantage of the in-house services already provide at the Booker T. Washington Center, such educational, physical, and emotional wellness services are available to youths, adults and seniors
  • Mercyhurst University is recognized by U.S. News & World Reports as a Best Value and Top-Tier university in the North Region

  • Students at the BTW Campus have access to the academic support and career services at Mercyhurst’s main campus

  • In classes at the BTW Campus, you’ll learn from dedicated and experienced faculty members who will serve as advisors and mentors throughout your academic journey and beyond

  • With classes available at the Booker T. Washington Center, 1720 Holland Street, students living in downtown Erie will be closer to their classes, overcoming the hassle of transportation

Frequently Asked Questions

How many classes should I take?

Many of our students have to balance jobs, families, and school. There is no perfect formula for success. Our job is to help each student determine the ideal balance to be successful. For some, this means being a part-time student, which is two classes per term. Most full-time students take three classes, though some have even taken four. Some students transition between part- and full-time during the academic year to best match their academic schedule with demands outside the classroom.

How long do I have to stay at the BTW Campus before I transfer to another Mercyhurst campus or another university?

An academic plan is established for each student to ensure success at the next stage of education. For some, this means transferring very quickly, after a semester or two, while others may take a class or two at Mercyhurst's main campus to help with their transition.

Who is your typical student?

There are generally three types of students who enroll at the BTW Campus. The first is the student who is returning to college. For a multitude of reasons, this individual stopped going to school and is looking for another chance to earn a degree. Some return after one semester, while it may take others 20 years before they decide to go back. The second type of student at the BTW Campus has interest in attending college, but is uncertain on where to go or which major to study. The BTW Campus offers this student an opportunity to continue to make academic progress while determining future plans. The third type is the economically conscious student. These students understand the importance of a university education, but also appreciate the ability to take classes at the BTW Campus at an affordable cost.

Visit Campus

You and your family are welcome to visit our Booker T. Washington Campus at any time. These visits are great opportunities to tour our classrooms, speak with an admissions counselor to discuss applications and financial aid, or learn more about the course offerings and schedules that will work best for you. 

To schedule a visit, contact us using the information below.

Earning an associate degree or certificate at the Booker T. Washington Campus will open up immediate career opportunities for you. But it is also a great first step to pursuing a bachelor’s or other advanced degree. Many students choose to spend a few semesters at the BTW Campus to improve their academic records before transferring to Mercyhurst’s Main Campus to build on that foundation. 

You will earn college credits in our degree and certificate programs that will transfer with you when the time comes. If you’d like to continue on at Mercyhurst’s Main Campus, you’ll be eligible for generous internal transfer scholarships and you can earn a bachelor’s in as little as two additional years. For more information on internal transfers, click here.

Contact Us

Kaitlin Dolak
Director of Programming, Booker T. Washington Center
Phone: 814-824-2740