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.

Website: www.mercyhurst.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,470
Undergraduate
Students
(57.9%) 1,429 Women
(42.1%) 1,041 Men
307
Graduate
Students

Admission

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
3.36
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$50,950
Tuition and Fees
$38,070
Room and Board
$12,880
Average Percent of Need Met
49%
Average Freshman Award
$17,454
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$24,739
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
146
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 26% of classes
10-19 students: 22% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 20% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Erie Population
101,047
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Buffalo
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
68% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
 
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
1.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.8% Asian
6.1% Black/African-American
4.4% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.8% White
8.6% Unknown
International Students
8.9% from 31 countries
First-Year Students Returning
80.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
59.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
78%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
31.0%
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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 2 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies 5  
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT    
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
501 East 38th Street
City, State, Zip
Erie, PA 16546
Phone
(814) 824-2202
Fax
(814) 824-2071
E-mail
admissions@mercyhurst.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins November 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 3 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
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 all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for some freshmen
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
75% of 3,254 applicants were admitted
Women
77% of 1,814 applicants were admitted
Men
73% of 1,440 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
590 (24%) of 2,448 admitted students enrolled
Women
349 (25%) of 1,404 admitted students enrolled
Men
241 (23%) of 1,044 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.36
3.75 and Above
27%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
23%
2.50 - 2.99
17%
2.00 - 2.49
3%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
Not reported
Score of 30 - 36
Not reported
Score of 24 - 29
Not reported
Score of 18 - 23
Not reported
Score of 12 - 17
Not reported
Score of 6 - 11
Not reported
Score of 5 or Below
Not reported

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 11%
Top quarter: 25%
Top half: 70%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
3%
Class President
1%
Student Government Officer
5%

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$50,950
Tuition and Fees
$38,070
Room and Board
$12,880
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Installment plan

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 1
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 003297
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
490 (82.9%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
433 (88.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
433 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
76 (17.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
49%
Average Award
$17,454
Need-Based Gift
Received by 433 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $14,333
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 359 (82.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,186
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 349 (80.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
104 (17.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,324

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,866 (78.8%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,686 (90.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,686 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
104 (6.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
50%
Average Award
$26,019
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,682 (99.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $16,089
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,459 (86.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,964
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,223 (72.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
411 (17.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $15,583

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
73%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$24,739
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
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
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university 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
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Dance, Music
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
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
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art Therapy/Therapist
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Dance, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Forensic Science and Technology
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • History, General
  • History, Other
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Intelligence, General
  • Interior Design
  • International/Global Studies
  • Marketing Research
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Music, General
  • Petroleum Technology/Technician
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Military science and military technologies
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Business administration
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No 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
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
146
Part-Time Faculty
Not reported
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 26% of classes
10-19 students: 22% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 20% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 28% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 45% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 26% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
365,369
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
350
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
Hearing impaired services

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Science

Master's Programs of Study

  • Criminal Justice and Criminology

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Erie Population
101,047
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Buffalo
Campus Size
88 acres

Weather

Temperature
18.2 average low in January, 75.3 average high in September
Rain
164 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Erie
Nearest Train Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Erie

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
68% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
32%
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
Not available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Not available
Other
campus-wide camera system

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
 
School Colors
Royal blue and kelly green

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Crew x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Field Hockey x x    
Football     x x
Golf x x x x
Ice Hockey x x x x
Lacrosse x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Tennis x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Water Polo x x x x
Wrestling     x x
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey x x
Football    
Golf x x
Ice Hockey x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Tennis x x
Volleyball x x
Water Polo x x
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey    
Football x x
Golf x x
Ice Hockey x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Tennis x x
Volleyball    
Water Polo x x
Wrestling x x
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, skiing (cross-country), skiing (downhill), volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, student newspaper, student government, chorus, admission ambassadors, amnesty international, the merciad (student newspaper)
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,470
Women
1,429 (57.9%)
Men
1,041 (42.1%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,383
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
1.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.8% Asian
6.1% Black/African-American
4.4% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.8% White
8.6% Unknown
International Students.
8.9% from 31 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
307

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
80.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
59.3%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
66.2%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
67.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
78%
Average Starting Salary
78%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
31.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 3%
Law 1%
Arts and Sciences 9%
Medicine 2%
Education 1%

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