Mercyhurst College is a "medium-sized Catholic school" that offers a "well-rounded experience" to its 3,200 undergraduates. Many students choose Mercyhurst for its "very specific and interesting areas of studies," including majors like archeology, music, hospitality, and graphic design.

Overview

Applicants
2,938
Acceptance Rate
75%
Average HS GPA
3.37

GPA Breakdown

26%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
470 - 580
SAT Math
470 - 570
ACT Composite
21 - 26

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Mercyhurst College is a "medium-sized Catholic school" that offers a "well-rounded experience" to its 3,200 undergraduates. Many students choose Mercyhurst for its "very specific and interesting areas of studies," including majors like archeology, music, hospitality, and graphic design. Students must also complete the two-part Common Core, a "rigorous liberal arts curriculum" that rounds out the program of study by "opening students to a wide variety of classes outside of their majors, while also drawing attention to the importance of service." Students are split on the effectiveness of core classes, and some complain that coursework is often "too lecture-intensive." At the same time, there are many "excellent instructors" on the Mercyhurst staff, who "infuse their enthusiasm for the subject matter into lectures, discussions, and project." Across the board, professors are "very knowledgeable in their respective fields" and interested in each student's well being. Mercyhurst professors "pay great attention to the individual students and are very accessible." Here, "When you engage yourself in a class, the professor is always willing to help in any way possible."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
260
with Terminal Degree
117

131
Women
129
Men
16
Minority
7
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%

Majors


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Feb 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,922

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,764

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,422

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,881

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$29,600
Required Fees
$1,885
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$0
Transportation for Commuters
$0

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Mercyhurst undergraduates are "Physically active, community service oriented, down to earth, mostly local to Erie, and closely tied to their families and hometowns." "Being a Catholic, private, liberal arts college in the Northeast, the school tends to draw white, Christian students;" however, "The school has taken initiative to go beyond that and attract students of all colors, creeds, and nationalities." Among the undergraduate community, Mercyhurst welcomes many older, nontraditional students. Despite the age difference, "Adult and conventional students interact well and help each other learn through class participation." Outside the classroom, students are "super friendly," and "It is not uncommon to strike up a conversation with a stranger." "Students fit in by making friends that share the same majors and classes" or "spending time with people in student life organizations." In fact, the majority of Mercyhurst undergraduates are "involved in at least one club or activity outside the classroom." While "Everyone has their own group of friends" on the campus, most students are "outgoing" and "open to new friendships."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,680
Out of State
48%

Demographics

56% female
44% male
48% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

For most Mercyhurst undergraduates, academics are their first priority. Believe it or not, "Students are sometimes found studying in the library on a Saturday morning." At the same time, Mercyhurst is also a great environment for relaxation and socializing. A current student explains, "If I need to get work done there are many quiet places where I can go to study. And when I want to have time to spend with friends and blow off steam there's places for that as well." There is a focus on community throughout the school, and campus is a "good, stable environment" where trust is the norm. In fact, "In the library, people feel safe enough to leave their laptops out on the tables when they leave to use the restroom." In the dorms, there is an "excellent resident life program" and plenty of campus activities, including "cake decorating contests, wild west nights with a mechanical bull, concerts," and free ice-skating in the winter. A current undergraduate assures us, "Even though Mercyhurst is a smaller school and Erie is a smaller city, people always find things to do." Often, students simply enjoy each other's company, getting together to "watch a movie with a group of friends, a bowl of popcorn, and many laughs."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
68%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
62
First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
87

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning Differences Program

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Dianne Rogers

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
Yes

Documentation Requred for LD
A. Aptitude (eg. WAIS-R or WAIS-III with subtest scores) B. Achievement (eg. WAIT) C. Information Processing (eg. short- and long term memory) Testing must be current. In most cases, this means testing has been conducted with the past three years. It is in a student's best interest to provide recent and appropriate documentation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
.Student must provide DSM--V diagnosis and pharmacological history. Forms need to be completed by licensed medical provider.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
80
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
2

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Lakers)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Water Polo
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Lakers)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: lakernet.mercyhurst.edu/organizations/org-details.php?id=447

Minority Support Groups: lakernet.mercyhurst.edu/organizations/org-details.php?id=407

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Average Number of PC's per Lab
165

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Admissions Office

Address
Admissions
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 165460001

Phone
800-825-1926

Email
admission@mercyhurst.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Performing Arts Center
Mercyhurst Athletic Center
Library
Student Union
Ice Rink

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Presque Isle State Park
Dobbin's Landing
Millcreek Mall
Peek and Peak Golf and Ski Resort

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday-Friday, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 2:00
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Open House (fall)

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
athletics@mercyhurst.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi, public transportation (bus), and Amtrak. The closest airoport is Erie International Airport. Mercyhurst also provides it's own shuttle!

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Exit 27: State Street Exit-take Rt. 97 North for one mile. Right at Jct 505 onto Old French Road. Continue to East 38th Street. Turn right, four blocks to Mercyhurst College, on right side.
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Key Stats

2,938
Applicants
2,680
Size
75%
Acceptance Rate
1040
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists