Mercyhurst University

501 E 38th St, Erie, PA 16546

School Details

Mercyhurst University is a four-year private school located in Erie, Pennsylvania. Mercyhurst was founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy and is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The school was granted University status in 2012.

The main campus, Erie Campus, lies on 75 acres about 100 miles from Cleveland, Ohio, and Buffalo, New York. The campus is also about 130 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mercyhurst is made up of four additional campuses:

  • Mercyhurst North East
  • Mercyhurst West
  • Mercyhurst Corry
  • Booker T. Washington Center

Mercyhurst University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors with 67 concentrations, and eight degrees are available for graduate students. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. Schools at Mercyhurst University include:

  • The School of Arts & Humanities
  • The Walker School of Business & Communication
  • The Hafenmaier School of Education & Behavioral Sciences
  • The Zurn School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • The School of Social Sciences
  • The School of Health Professions and Public Health

Mercyhurst University has 4,363 students (4,010 undergraduates) and 311 faculty members, giving the university a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 192 teach full-time and 119 teach part-time. The average class size is 20 students. About 84 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and 16 percent study part-time. Most graduate students (59%) study full-time and 41 percent study part-time.

The student body contains 59 percent female students and 41 percent male students. About 80 percent of all students are white with the remaining students being black (10%), Hispanic (6%), and Asian (4%). About 81 percemt of students are ages 24 and younger with 19 percent of students being ages 25 and older. About 54 percent of students are from Pennsylvania, 40 percent are from out-of-state, and six percent are from a foreign country.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 81 percent and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 50 percent. The overall graduation rate is 62 percent.

On-campus living is estimated to cost $11,391 per year with $1,750 in additional living expenses. Freshman students either live in Baldwin Hall or Warde Hall (female students), or in McAuley Hall or Warde Hall (male students). These residence halls are all conveniently located to campus buildings. All freshmen are required to have a full meal plan that can be used in the Egan Dining Hall, the Laker Inn or at Lunch on the Run. Freshmen are not permitted to have vehicles on campus. All freshman housing is substance-free (smoking and alcohol are prohibited).

After students complete their freshman year, they move out of traditional residence halls and into apartment-style housing. The Sophomore Area is comprised of ten apartment buildings: eight Briggs apartment buildings as well as East and West Duval. There are a number of housing options for upperclassman students, including Briggs and Lewis apartments, Wayne Street apartments, as well as three sets of townhouses (Warde, Lewis, and 41st Street).

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), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad.

Student organizations include: academic groups, arts and humanities clubs, communication boards, cultural/diversity groups, environmental clubs, honor societies, recreational clubs, service and leadership organizations, and special interest groups.

The Mercyhurst “Lakers” compete in two NCAA Division I (men and women’s ice hockey, men’s rowing) and twenty-two NCAA Division II sports (basketball, baseball, cross-country, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling). The Lakers are new members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. About 15% of students are student-athletes.

Tuition costs $29,037 per year and books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,200 per year. The average graduate tuition is $19,050 per year with $300 in annual fees. 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, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 97% of those attending Mercyhurst University receive financial aid.

Mercyhurst University receives nearly 3,000 applications per year and accepts about 77% of those students. Statistically, 73 percent of men and 79 percent of women who apply will be accepted. The average GPA of accepted students is a 3.41.

Mercyhurst University is accredited by the following organizations: The Pennsylvania Department of Education; The Council on Social Work Education; The Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration; National Association of Schools of Dance; The National Athletic Trainers Association; The American Physical Therapy Association; The National Association of Schools of Music; and International Assembly of Collegiate Business Educators.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic Church

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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