Mercyhurst College

501 E 38th St, Erie, PA

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Mercyhurst College provides a variety of program options for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Erie, Pennsylvania and operated as a private institution. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. About four thousand students enroll at Mercyhurst College yearly.

Areas of study offered at Mercyhurst College include:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Students applying for admission are required to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Most students admitted to this school earn an SAT score between 1410 - 1740, or an ACT score between 21 - 26. This school accepts approximately 80% of applicants annually. Of those applicants admitted, about 30% attended the school. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

Undergraduate tuition is approximately $30,000 per year, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students may check the school's price of attendance calculator to see the personalize cost of attendance. Housing may be available for students who wish to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $5,400 annually. Some students at this school may qualify for financial aid, which is typically offered in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The mascot for Mercyhurst College is the "Lakers", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the NCAA. Available sports offered may include the following:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the applicants Mercyhurst College accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Mercyhurst College is about 2,800, where graduate students make up roughly 21% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is estimated to be around $34,000 per year for in-state and nonresident students
  • Part time students pay in the range of $1,000 to $1,300 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid100%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships98%$23,882
Receiving Student Loans71%$8,768

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Mercyhurst College may provide services to students including:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Mercyhurst College is around 60%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years54%
Graduating in 5 Years5%
Graduating in 6 Years0.9%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dance Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation (since 2009)
  • Music Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 1996)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Mercyhurst College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference)
  • Basketball (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference)
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Military Technology

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

Visual and Performing Arts

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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Mercyhurst College for official up-to-date information.

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