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Mercyhurst University
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  • 4 Year
  • ERIE, PA

COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Mercyhurst has taken extra precautions for the safety of our campus community and guests during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re offering a range of virtual events and visits for you to learn about admissions, academics, campus life, and more, with in-person visits where permitted. Given the need for flexibility, we’ve also adapted some of our application procedures to facilitate ease of application. Learn More

Report Card

grade B minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B minus
  2. Value
    grade B minus
  3. Diversity
    grade A minus
  4. Campus
    grade B+
  5. Athletics
    grade B+
  6. Party Scene
    grade B minus
  7. Professors
    grade B minus
  8. Location
    grade C+
  9. Dorms
    grade B
  10. Campus Food
    grade B
  11. Student Life
    grade B
  12. Safety
    grade B minus

About

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
86%
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

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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%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B minus
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
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 89 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 89 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
    16%
  • On Campus
    84%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,295 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
83
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
29%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 53 responses
  • Athlete
    26%
  • Everyone is unique
    26%
  • Personable
    23%
  • Preppy
    15%
  • Sheltered Athlete with No Real World Experiance
    6%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Stressed
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
87%
Poll
85%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 80 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 106 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 57 responses
  • Carpe Diem
    67%
  • Close-knit
    7%
  • Home away from home
    7%
  • Expensive
    5%
  • Overpriced
    5%
  • 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

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