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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)

Contact information, financial aid information, programs offered, and much more may be accessed on school's website at http://www.mercyhurst.edu.

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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, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to have a better understanding of your chances of getting accepted to Mercyhurst College.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Required
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading470 - 580
SAT ® Math480 - 590
SAT ® Writing460 - 570
SAT ® Total Score1410 - 1740

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English20 - 26
ACT ® Math19 - 26
ACT ® Composite Score21 - 26

Acceptance Rate Table

The chances of getting accepted into Mercyhurst College can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions2,260 (76%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled677 (30%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Mercyhurst College is about 4,400, where graduate students make up roughly 9% 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 $30,000 per year for in-state and nonresident students
  • Part time students pay in the range of $910 to $1,100 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 & Scholarships99%$14,990
Receiving Student Loans83%$7,532

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 7%.

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 62%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years42%
Graduating in 5 Years5%
Graduating in 6 Years0.7%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Mercyhurst North East

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program
    • * Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 2010)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
    • * Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2001)

Campus: Mercyhurst College

  • Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.) Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (since 1996)
  • 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, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation (since 1996)

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 (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Health and Clinical Professions

Security and Protective Services

Business and Marketing Studies


  • Special Education (C, M)
  • Elementary Special Education Programs (B)
  • Elementary Education (B)
  • Early Childhood Education (A, B)
  • Music Teacher Education (B)
  • Secondary Education (M)
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • Social Studies Teacher Education (B, C)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
  • Biology Teacher Education (B)
  • Business Teacher Education (B, C)
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Global Studies (B, C, M)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B, C)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer (A, B)


Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

English Language and Literature


Public Administration and Social Services

Physical Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Family and Consumer Sciences (B)
  • Human Development and Family Studies (B)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

Personal and Culinary Services

Engineering Technology

  • Computer Systems Technology

Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Religious Education

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