Misericordia University

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301 Lake Street

Dallas, PA 18612-1098

Phone: (866) 262-6363
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#43 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Misericordia University is a private institution that was founded in 1924. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,427, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 129 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Misericordia University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 43. Its tuition and fees are $28,210 (2013-14).

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

Misericordia University is a place where caring, motivated students get the high quality education they seek, the attention they deserve, and the opportunities they need to be successful. Nationally known for producing talented graduates in the health sciences, including nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical imaging, clinical laboratory science, pre-med, pre-vet, and speech-language pathology, MU offers a combined 36 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels.

According to national surveys, including the National Survey of Student Engagement, Misericordia students rate the support they receive from faculty and staff for their academic, social and personal lives significantly higher than students at other schools rate theirs. Misericordia students also say they are academically challenged and engage in active and collaborative learning at a rate higher than other comparable schools. Students say they are prepared for career success as 86 percent report obtaining job or work-related skills by the time they are seniors compared with just 76 percent nationally. Misericordia's Guaranteed Career Placement Program offers a pledge of a paid internship for those students who successfully complete the program but do not obtain a job in their field or a slot in graduate school within six months of graduation.

In the tradition of its founders, the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Misericordia believes that serving others builds better leaders and leads to successful careers and rewarding lives. The University offers special service learning opportunities in our local community as well as around the country and internationally. The University's research focus is one that stresses teaching and learning. Undergraduate research programs in a number of disciplines including the health sciences, humanities, biology and chemistry are popular. Noted for its beautiful 120-acre suburban campus, the University boasts a first-rate library, new athletics complex, an ultra-modern dining hall, new and renovated residence halls and a recently completed artificial surface soccer and lacrosse field.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1924
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $25,434,408


When applying to Misericordia University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 31. The application fee at Misericordia University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 58.4 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 58.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Misericordia University is 12:1, and the school has 50.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Misericordia University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General; General Studies; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 54%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 15%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 15%
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 13%
General Studies 7%
Psychology, General 7%

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Student Life

Misericordia University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,427, with a gender distribution of 31.9 percent male students and 68.1 percent female students. At this school, 45 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 55 percent of students live off campus. Misericordia University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,012
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 III

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Campus Info & Services

Misericordia University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Misericordia University 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 Misericordia University, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Misericordia University.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Misericordia University, 82.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,496.

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Tuition and fees $28,210 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,630 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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