Mercy College

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555 Broadway

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Phone: (800) 637-2969
2013-2014 Tuition
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RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Regional Universities (North)

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Mercy College is a private institution that was founded in 1950. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,029, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 64 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Mercy College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $17,556 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Mercy College is a dynamic learning community with a focus on student success, offering a distinctive combination of more than 90 academically challenging degree programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health & Natural Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences and Liberal Arts. The main campus is located in Dobbs Ferry, New York with additional locations in Manhattan, Bronx and Yorktown Heights.

Opportunities for students include the prestigious Honors Program; the nationally recognized Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT); competitive Division II athletics; and an array of engaging activities that enrich students' lives. Ranked as one of the most affordable, not-for profit, private institutions in the country, Mercy College is committed to preparing an increasing number of students for rewarding, in-demand careers.

Students receive individualized attention with a student to faculty ratio of 18:1. The faculty includes Fulbright Scholars, published authors and national authorities in their fields who are dedicated to excellence in teaching. As experts, they bring timely, relevant, real-world experience into the classroom, blending theory with practice.

The College received the prestigious distinction of an "A" rating by Standard & Poor's citing strong annual growth, robust operating results, flourishing enrollment and innovative leadership.

The College is a recipient of large grants from the U. S. Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and New York State Education Department, which support academic programs, research infrastructure, capacity building, and students research and scholarships.

The prestigious Honors Program - one of the first in New York State - is recognized as a "Smart Choice" by Peterson's Honors Programs and Colleges Guide; ranked in the Cool College Guide as one of the "most exciting schools" in the U.S.; and named as "America's Best Bet in Higher Education" in Colleges of Distinction.

The revolutionary PACT mentoring program maximizes students' success through a comprehensive collaboration between students and professional mentors and addresses the national agenda to raise the number of college graduates in America.

Mercy College is a long-time member of the Model UN and an NGO associated with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations. The College's Center for Global Engagement develops and provides dynamic global learning opportunities for students, including visits with ambassadors.

The School of Education prepares leaders in K-12 schools across the nation. In the "Race to the Top" competition, it received the largest grant in the State for the education of next generation math teachers. Anthony Mullen, a Mercy College alumnus, was named as the National Teacher of the Year.

The School of Business offers a competitive, hands-on education taught by executive faculty from Fortune 500 companies and features Centers of Excellence and executive coaching.

Nearly 100 percent of School of Health and Natural Sciences graduates are immediately employed in the career of their choice. Admission to the physician assistant, physical therapy, communication disorders and occupational therapy programs is highly competitive.

The School of Liberal Arts' state-of-the-art Roy Disney Center for Animation pairs students with some of the most influential names in animation and design. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Mercy College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Systems Security Education.

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers many career pathways in counseling fields, and works with the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution to provide students advanced training in mediation. A distinguished faculty member was named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer of the Year.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1950
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $64,043,194


When applying to Mercy College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Mercy College is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 65 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 65.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Mercy College is 18:1, and the school has 42.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Mercy College include: Social Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 20%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 34%
Health Professions and Related Programs 19%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15%
Psychology 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 5%

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Student Life

Mercy College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,029, with a gender distribution of 32.1 percent male students and 67.9 percent female students. At this school, 8 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 92 percent of students live off campus. Mercy College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 11,454
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Mercy College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Mercy College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Mercy College, 33 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Mercy College.

Students who have cars on campus 33%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Mercy College, 85.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,656.

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Tuition and fees $17,556 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,437 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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