Mercyhurst University

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Basic Information

Phone Number: 814-824-2201
Address: 501 East 38th Street Erie, PA 16546

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Additional Information

President: Dr. Kathleen Getz
School Type: Four Year College
Public/Private: Private
Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic Church
Gender Preference: Coed
Historical Black College/University: No
School Setting:

Suburban 75-acre campus

School Size: 2,800
Classroom Size: 20
Student/Teacher Ratio: 14:1
Housing Availability:


Type of Housing: Residence Halls, Apartments, Townhouses


Financial Aid:

99% of incoming students receive financial aid. Merit, need, talent, athletic available

Disability Services:

Autism Support:
The mission of the Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) is to facilitate and support the successful adjustment and progression of college students on the autism spectrum in all domains of college life, thereby broadening their vocational opportunities, and enhancing social and community engagement. The AIM program strives to accentuate each student's abilities within the academic, independent living, social, emotional - vocational (AISE-V) domains, while building new skills within the domains where the student may be deficient.

Mercyhurst University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities as required by law and in compliance with standards set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Qualifying disabilities can include learning disabilities, psychological or neurological conditions, visual, hearing or mobility impairments, and chronic health or medical conditions, which substantially limit one or more of a person's major life activities and may necessitate modifications to the services, programs, or facilities of the university.

Any student needing academic accommodations must provide documentation of their disability and be approved by the ADA Committee to be eligible.

Sports: 26 VARSITY SPORTS: Basketball (M/W), Baseball (M), Bowling (W), Cross Country (M/W), Golf (M/W), Soccer (M/W), Softball (W), Tennis (M/W), Volleyball (W), Rowing (M/W), Field Hockey (W), Ice Hockey (M/W), Lacrosse (M/W), Football (M), Wrestling (M), Water Polo (M/W), and STUNT (W)
School Championships:

CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS: NCAA Division II. Division I in men’s and women’s ice hockey. Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Atlantic Hockey Association (men’s hockey), College Hockey America (women’s hockey), Collegiate Water Polo Association (men), Western Water Polo Association (women), Great Midwest Athletic Conference (men’s lacrosse), Intercollegiate Rowing Association (men’s rowing) and Eastern College Athletic Conference (women’s rowing).

Majors: UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music; also Associate of Science and Associate of Arts, Certifcate Programs in the areas of Business and Health Professions
Admission Requirements:

Consistent with our mission and values, Mercyhurst University takes a holistic approach when reviewing applicants and making admissions decisions. We evaluate applicants in terms of their academic abilities and potential, leadership and extracurricular involvement, and the potential contributions they might make as members of our campus community. We strongly recommend that applicants meet with their admissions counselor, either through a campus visit or event, a high school visit, or a conversation by phone.

To complete your application for admission to Mercyhurst, you'll need to submit:

  • Basic biographical information
  • A high school transcript (self-reported or unofficial are acceptable)
  • A recommendation letter
  • A writing sample

Mercyhurst does not charge an application fee, and also offers test-optional admission; SAT or ACT scores are not required. Applications are read on a rolling basis, so the sooner you submit your application, the sooner you'll receive an admissions decision.

Application Deadline: Rolling
Parking Space/Availability:

Not available for incoming freshmen

Summer Sessions:

CREATE Summer Program

The CREATE Summer Program is a program where students live in residence halls, dine in the dining hall, enroll in a three-credit course, and interact with fellow students in various educational and social activities to assist students in their potential acceptance into Mercyhurst University.

CREATE is a nationally acclaimed summer experience (by application only) designed to help potential students determine whether they are ready for the demands of college life. Students live in a Mercyhurst residence hall, eat in the college dining hall, enroll in a three-credit college course, and interact with fellow students in a variety of social activities and settings. The students also participate in the College 101 Series and the Mini Lecture Series to familiarize them with college departments and expose the participants to different faculty and lecture styles. After completing the program, all students will receive a formal written assessment documenting their performance throughout CREATE. The report will highlight their strengths and/or weaknesses and make recommendations to support their transition to a residential college life as a full-time student

Study Abroad: Meaningful academic engagement abroad can be a significant and transformative element to a world-class undergraduate education, no matter what your major. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to learn about the cultural, economic, political, and scientific forces that shape our world. These experiences will challenge your perspectives, expand your self-awareness, and inspire lifelong global engagement. Mercyhurst’s Office of Global Programs offers a range of options for students interested in studying abroad, including semester-long and summer programs, a full term in Dungarvan, Ireland (Erie’s sister city), and many opportunities for faculty-led, course-related travel to locations across the globe. Mercyhurst also partners with internationally recognized affiliate programs for independent study abroad opportunities.
Notes/School Info:
  • Mercyhurst is a four-year, Catholic, liberal arts university, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1926.
  • Mercyhurst was granted university status in 2012.
  • More than 50 undergraduate majors and 12 graduate degrees are available at the university.
  • Mercyhurst offers 26 varsity level sports, with the Lakers fielding teams in 14 women’s sports and 12 men’s sports. Two programs compete at the NCAA Division I level (men’s and women’s ice hockey), while the rest participate on the Division II stage.
  • Mercyhurst's 75-acre campus is in Erie, Pennsylvania, approximately 100 miles from Cleveland, Ohio, and Buffalo, New York, and 130 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Accreditation: 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; Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education; The American Physical Therapy Association; The National Association of Schools of Music; and International Assembly of Collegiate Business Educators
  • Full-time Graduate Students: 425
  • Average class size: 20; All courses are taught by faculty, not graduate or teaching assistants