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Mercyhurst University
Erie, PA
Mercyhurst, founded in 1926, is a private, church-affiliated college. In addition to baccalaureate degrees in the liberal arts, career, and preprofessional areas, Mercyhurst confers master's degrees. Its 88-acre campus is located in Erie, 100 miles southwest of Buffalo, N.Y.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,494
   Women 1,390 (55.7%)
   Men 1,104 (44.3%)
Graduate Students 328
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 75% of 3,254 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.30
SAT Math Not reported
SAT Critical Reading Not reported
SAT Writing
ACT Composite Not reported
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests       X
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $49,115
  Tuition and Fees $34,480
  Room and Board $11,624
Average Percent of Need Met 49%
Average Freshman Award $17,454
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System 4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 201
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 31% of classes
10-19 students: 30% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
Erie Population 101,047
Nearest Metropolitan Area Buffalo
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 91% of freshmen, 68% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division II
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.4% Asian
5.7% Black/African-American
4.7% Hispanic/Latino
20.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
64.5% White
2.3% Unknown
International Students 10.2% from 31 countries
First-Year Students Returning 78.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 59.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 78%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 30.0%