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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
From Mercyhurst University

Mercyhurst University, founded in 1926, is a private Catholic institution founded by the pioneering Sisters of Mercy and rooted in service and hospitality, welcoming people from all walks of life.

We embrace a forward-thinking approach in education, preparing you with the skills and experiences to serve you well in your professional life and beyond. In every program of study, you’ll take an active part in your learning. Opportunities for internships, research, study abroad, and more ensure an immersive undergraduate experience. Classes are never led by grad or teaching assistants, so you’ll learn everything directly from your professors while building valuable mentoring relationships.

Our 75-acre campus is home to stunning Gothic architecture, cutting-edge learning spaces, and a community that encourages involvement and leadership. With 25 varsity sports, 80+ student clubs, and activities year round, there’s no shortage of excitement on campus — one more reason why Hurst is Home.

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Mercyhurst University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
60%
SAT Range
940-1160
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$23,605/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$29,129/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.66 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.85 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.85 responses

Majors

Cyber Security | Bachelor of Science program

High-profile cyber attacks have highlighted the need for well-trained cyber security professionals in government and the private sector. One of the few programs designed to follow guidelines from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, our Cyber Security major offers coursework in network and computer systems security, digital forensics, cyber security law, and more.

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    14%
  • On Campus
    86%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,319Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
62
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
27%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 49 responses
  • Athlete
    27%
  • Everyone is unique
    27%
  • Personable
    22%
  • Preppy
    14%
  • Sheltered Athlete with No Real World Experiance
    6%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Stressed
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
87%
Poll
84%
of students say they don't have Greek life.76 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.102 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 53 responses
  • Carpe Diem
    66%
  • Close-knit
    8%
  • Home away from home
    8%
  • Expensive
    6%
  • Overpriced
    6%
  • Amazing
    4%
  • Fast-paced
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $40,300/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    68%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    78%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.41 responses

    Mercyhurst University Reviews

    945 reviews
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    I loved Mercyhurst for the community and opportunities it's provided me both in my undergraduate and graduate studies. The faculty goes above and beyond to ensure each student is meeting their personal goals. Student life has events weekly and there are so many clubs and organizations on campus that students may choose to get involved with. No matter who you are, Mercyhurst has a way of making itself Home to everyone who visits!
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    I have had an excellent experience at Mercyhurst University. I believe that the education that is given prepares us as students for the real world and helps us become people of benefit in society. Also, because this university has a small campus, you are able to have a better communication with your professors. Something I would change is the amount of diversity. I would love to see more students with diverse races and cultural backgrounds. Overall, it is a great university!
    I love Mercyhurst! Small class sizes, real connections with (amazing) professors, real world experience--often as a freshman--in every major, and a flexible core curriculum. Student life is pretty good, always something going on so there's no reason to be bored. Housing/res life is a mix, but generally better than most schools. People might complain about the dining hall food, but it's still better than 95% of other schools! Worst part is easily the price tag, but if you can make it work (through scholarships or grants or if you have the money) it's totally worth it. So so thankful I'm here, and wouldn't change my decision for the world.