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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
    B-
Mercyhurst is a private, Catholic university located in Erie, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,402 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Mercyhurst acceptance rate is 75%. Popular majors include Mathematics & Statistics, Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, and Biology. Graduating 67% of students, Mercyhurst alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,300.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Address
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546
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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

Acceptance Rate
75%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
940-1160
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$21,648/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,835/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,078/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,797/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,916/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,083/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.66 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.68 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.68 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,402Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
26%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
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  • Athlete
    37%
  • Personable
    20%
  • Everyone is unique
    17%
  • Preppy
    14%
  • Sheltered Athlete with No Real World Experiance
    9%
  • Diverse
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
90%
Poll
83%
of students say they don't have Greek life.59 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.85 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Carpe Diem
    75%
  • Close-knit
    8%
  • Overpriced
    8%
  • Expensive
    6%
  • Home away from home
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
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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Strongest point is the academic experience and critical thinking skills gained. College professors were wonderful and the academic workload is challenging and rigorous. The small class sizes give the students personalized attention from top notch professors that would be more of a challenge at a larger school. If you are looking for a great academic experience in a small setting, this is the place. I found the social experience great as well, because you really get to know your class and there is plenty of fun things to do in Erie. If you are looking for a large, big city party school, this isn't the place, however it was perfect for me. It's a small school, so the local employment ties are great, and the links to graduate schools, but it will be not as linked to big city employment on the coasts.
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I love the feeling I get from the small school community. Everyone is so welcoming and positive. The professor's are super helpful and understanding with any circumstances you may come across. Classes aren't too long, and there's plenty of time between class to not stress about being late. The campus is beautiful, and pretty small so it doesn't take forever to get to class. There's so much to do on campus, a lot of scheduled activities and a lot of space and places to just hang out with friends. Overall a really safe campus, I love every part of Mercyhurst!
Mercyhurst University is a smaller school with around 5,000 students currently enrolled. Out of those 5,000 more than 1,000 of students are internationals which adds a lot of diversity to the campus and invites different cultures to learn from each other. With a smaller sized campus the feeling of home is everywhere, among your friends, roommates, professors and even caffeteria staff. Mercyhurst University prides itself with it's beautiful campus which reminds every student of Hogwarts with just aa little bit more flowers! I love this school, and I'm grateful for all the people I've meet and all the knowledge and skills I've gained. I would recommend this school to anyone!