Gwynedd-Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, PA

Gwynedd-Mercy is a church-affiliated college. It was founded as a junior college for women in 1948, became a four-year college in 1963, and adopted coeduation in 1973. Its 170-acre campus is located northwest of Philadelphia.

Website: www.gmercyu.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,033
Undergraduate
Students
(76.0%) 1,546 Women
(24.0%) 487 Men
806
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
92% of 1,213 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.16
SAT Math
460-550 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
520 average
480-560 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
20 average
18-23 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$51,546
Tuition and Fees
$34,580
Room and Board
$12,470
Average Percent of Need Met
74%
Average Freshman Award
$27,092
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$44,763
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
91
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 49% of classes
20-29 students: 19% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
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Campus Life

Gwynedd Valley Population
3,290
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Philadelphia
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
19% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
 
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.1% Asian
21.7% Black/African-American
5.2% Hispanic/Latino
0.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
59.2% White
6.2% Unknown
International Students
Not reported
First-Year Students Returning
81.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
45.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
92%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 3  
Foreign Language    
Social Studies    
History 1  
Academic Electives 3  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required August 20
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted August 20
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
Sumneytown Pike
PO Box 901
City, State, Zip
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437-0901
Phone
(215) 646-7300 x530
Fax
(215) 641-5556
E-mail
admissions@gmercyu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$20
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 3 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
92% of 1,213 applicants were admitted
Women
92% of 929 applicants were admitted
Men
93% of 284 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
498 (45%) of 1,116 admitted students enrolled
Women
293 (34%) of 851 admitted students enrolled
Men
128 (48%) of 265 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
12
Students Accepting Wait List Position
3
Students Admitted From Wait List
2

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.16
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
460-550 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
1%
Score of 600 - 700
10%
Score of 500 - 600
50%
Score of 400 - 500
35%
Score of 300 - 400
4%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
520 average
480-560 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
12%
Score of 600 - 700
11%
Score of 500 - 600
53%
Score of 400 - 500
32%
Score of 300 - 400
3%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
20 average
18-23 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
6%
Score of 24 - 29
21%
Score of 18 - 23
56%
Score of 12 - 17
23%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 6%
Top quarter: 21%
Top half: 58%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$51,546
Tuition and Fees
$34,580
Room and Board
$12,470
Books and Supplies
$1,300
Other Expenses
$2,416
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 15
Final deadline May 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning February 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003270
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
266 (98.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
244 (93.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
244 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
45 (14.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
74%
Average Award
$27,092
Need-Based Gift
Received by 244 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $22,968
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 206 (88.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,883
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 31 (10.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
28 (7.7%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $17,535

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,560 (90.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,438 (92.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,422 (98.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
188 (11.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
62%
Average Award
$22,739
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,286 (90.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $20,411
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,240 (87.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,909
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 125 (8.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
157 (8.7%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $15,172

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
89%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$44,763
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
25.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
Alternative loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Siblings of Current Students, Veterans
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Related Services, Other
  • Applied Psychology
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, Other
  • Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Education, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Gerontology
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Human Services, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
  • Philosophy
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
  • Social Work
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Most Popular Disciplines
Health professions and related sciences, Business/marketing, Education
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Not required

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
91
Part-Time Faculty
241
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
7%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 49% of classes
20-29 students: 19% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 29% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 57% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 6% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 6% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
377,325
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
200
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Nursing

Master's Programs of Study

  • Adult Nursing
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing--General
  • Oncology Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Adult Nursing
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing--General
  • Oncology Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing

Location and Setting


Gwynedd Valley Population
3,290
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Philadelphia
Campus Size
170 acres

Weather

Temperature
22.8 average low in January, 81.7 average high in September
Rain
117 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
12 mile(s) from campus in Willow Grove
Nearest Train Station
25 mile(s) from campus in Philadelphia

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
19% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
81%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
 
School Colors
 

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cheerleading x      
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cheerleading    
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
football

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, student newspaper, voices of gwynedd, athletic association, student government, program board, peer mentors
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,033
Women
1,546 (76.0%)
Men
487 (24.0%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,898
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.1% Asian
21.7% Black/African-American
5.2% Hispanic/Latino
0.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
59.2% White
6.2% Unknown
International Students.
Not reported
Average Age
26
All Graduate Students
806

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
81.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
45.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
58.9%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
58.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
92%
Average Starting Salary
92%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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