Mercyhurst University

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501 E. 38th Street

Erie, PA 16546

Phone: (814) 824-2000
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#37 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Mercyhurst University is a private institution that was founded in 1926. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,790, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 75 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Mercyhurst University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 37. Its tuition and fees are $30,300 (2013-14).

Mercyhurst College is a small, Catholic institution in Erie, Pa., on the northwestern border of the state. Students at Mercyhurst College can choose from about six graduate programs and approximately 50 bachelor’s degree programs. About 20 percent of incoming freshmen at Mercyhurst College have yet to declare a major before starting classes. However, students of all majors are required to fulfill a 54-credit core curriculum, so undecided students have time to figure out what to major in while they take classes that go toward whichever degree they choose.

Outside the classroom, Mercyhurst students can get involved in more than 85 clubs, which includes about eight Greek-letter honor societies, student government, and an activities council that plans campus events. Student athletes can try out for the Mercyhurst Lakers varsity sports teams, which compete at the NCAA Division I level in men’s and women’s ice hockey, and in various conferences of Division II in the roughly 21 other sports.

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

Mercyhurst is a vibrant and challenging coeducational university which remains true to its mission as a private Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. A Mercyhurst education seeks to combine the beauty and power of the liberal arts with an appreciation for the dignity of work and a commitment to the service of others. The college is centered on the personal and direct connection between the faculty member as experienced scholar/professional and the student as aspiring scholar/professional. A generous financial aid program makes a Mercyhurst education accessible to all.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1926
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $25,794,000


When applying to Mercyhurst University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Mercyhurst University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.7 percent.

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

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Mercyhurst University is 14:1, and the school has 59.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Mercyhurst University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Education; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 59%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 29%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 14%
Education 10%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 10%
Health Professions and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

Mercyhurst University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,790, with a gender distribution of 43 percent male students and 57 percent female students. At this school, 68 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 32 percent of students live off campus. Mercyhurst University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,122
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Mercyhurst University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Mercyhurst University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Mercyhurst University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Mercyhurst University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Mercyhurst University, 77.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,134.

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Tuition and fees $30,300 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,400 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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