Mercy College

555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

School Details

Mercy College is a four-year private school located in Dobbs Fairy, New York. Mercy College was established in 1950 by the Sister of Mercy. The school only admitted women until 1967, when the institution began to accept men.

Mercy College’s main campus sits on the Hudson River and is located about 30 minutes (via train) from Manhattan.Students who live on-campus are located close to the library and athletic facilities with easy access to classes. Students living on the main campus can enjoy stunning views of the Hudson from their residence halls. Residence halls have a computer lab, two wireless lounges with television, pool tables, kitchen facilities, and a fitness room. Resident Assistants will provide events for students to partake in (optional), such as field trips, volunteer work, study sessions, and movie nights.

Satellite campuses are located throughout southeastern New York, including the Bronx, Manhattan, and Yorktown.

Mercy College offers certificates of completion associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees in over 90 programs. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. Online courses offer flexible class schedules for students who may have extra responsibilities. Mercy College students have the opportunity to take one or all of their courses online through the more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs offered. Undergraduate academic programs include: School of Business, School of Education, School of Health and Natural Sciences, School of Liberal Arts, and School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Mercy College has 11,539 students (7,968 undergraduates) and 839 faculty members, giving the university an 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Over 94 percent of all undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students and 70 percent have fewer than 20 students. Of all faculty members, 199 teach full-time and 640 teach part-time. About 68 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and 32 percent study part-time. Most graduate students (60%) study part-time and 40 percent study full-time.

The student body contains 67 percent female students and 33 percent male students. About 33 percent of all students are Hispanic with the remaining students being black (30%), white (30%), and Asian (7%). About 66 percent of students are ages 24 and younger with 34 percent of students being ages 25 and older. About 91 percent of students are from New York and nine percent are from out-of-state. The students on the main campus come from 22 states and 32 countries, and out of the total student body students come from 35 states and 38 countries.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 68 percent and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 28 percent. The overall graduation rate is 29 percent.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, placement services for completers, and on-campus daycare.  Special learning opportunities include ROTC (Army, Air Force), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad.

The Mercy “Mavericks” participate in the East Coast Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, soccer, and lacrosse; while, women’s sports include: volleyball, softball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey.

Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 93 percent of those attending Mercy College receive financial aid.

Mercy College receives over 6,500 applications per year and accepts about 64 percent of those students. Statistically, 58 percent of men and 68 percent of women who apply will be accepted. Interviews are required for all applicants who receive acceptance into the school.

Mercy College is accredited by the Middle States Association’s Commission on Higher Education.


Middle States Commission on Higher Education


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    4-year, Private not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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