We are proud to have many students from the region choose Mercyhurst University, the North East campus and represent our local communities to the resident students. We encourage commuters to use fully the Mercyhurst services and opportunities for study and socialization. Commuters have a home away from home in our Student Union, where many commuters congregate. For information about commuter offerings at our main campus in Erie, click here.

We offer many on-campus activities that are designed to connect students with each other and to the important resources of the university. Once classes have begun, commuters can enjoy the routine of attending classes if they extend their time on campus. Rather than driving home after a class, the student can enjoy a quick lunch, a workout in the fitness center, or focused study time in the library.

Student Government coordinates and hosts a variety of commuter outreach such as free lunch on the run and events like Commuter Day. There are family-friendly events in which students with families are encouraged to participate including movie nights, homecoming, Midnight Madness, Winter Fest, Spring Fling and the end of the year festival.

Commuter Connections Program

Commuter Connections pairs first-year commuter students with "seasoned" second-year students called Commuter Assistants (CAs) who provide support, advice, and camaraderie during the new students' first year. CAs work hard to ensure that first-year commuter students adjust to life at Mercyhurst University and have positive and constructive college experiences.

CAs serve as mentors and as valuable resources. Each CA will keep in contact with his or her commuting first-year students, help them navigate the University setting and get involved on campus. CAs hold office hours in the Student Union during the week so that they are accessible to answer questions that commuter students may have. CAs are equipped with the most up-to-date information regarding campus events and news so they stand ready to assist any commuter student that may need their guidance!

What can a new student expect?

  • Ideas and insight on how to adjust to a new, larger, more complex environment
  • Advice and tips on "commuter success" issues such as parking, registration, academic support services, where to eat, how and where to meet other students
  • Knowledge of campus opportunities and University resources
  • Increased awareness of student life, clubs, organizations and activities
  • Introduction to faculty, staff, and peers
  • Opportunity to build friends and extend support systems
  • Support and guidance from Student Life

How are Commuter Assistants and first-year commuter students matched?

Whenever possible, we match CAs and first-year commuter students based on major, interests and common activities.

What is the time commitment?

First-year commuter students are able to commit as much (or as little) time as they would like.

What can I expect from my Commuter Assistant?

You can expect to be contacted by your CAs at least once a week with information on upcoming events and student involvement opportunities. Your CA may contact you by phone, email, text or on social networking sites.

What are the benefits of the program?

As a participating student, you will have access to a knowledgeable second year student who can serve as a resource for any questions you may have about Mercyhust University and college life. You will also have someone to accompany you as you get to know the campus community and all that’s going on at our campus. Lastly, you will enjoy special programming for the Commuter Connections group throughout your first year.

Does the program cost money?

The program doesn’t cost money. The only cost is your time and commitment to becoming an engaged member of our campus community!

Contact Us

Michelle Simpson
Director, MNE Student Life
Office: Miller 4B
Phone: 814-725-7060