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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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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+
Mercyhurst is a private, Catholic university located in Erie, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,373 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Mercyhurst acceptance rate is 70%. Popular majors include Intelligence, Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, and Biology. Graduating 68% of students, Mercyhurst alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,800.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Address
501 East 38th Street
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
70%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
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

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Cost

Net Price
$19,726/ 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
$28,266/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

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
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.73 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.73 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,373Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
79
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
29%
Varsity Athletes
26%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 40 responses
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  • Athlete
    33%
  • Everyone is unique
    23%
  • Personable
    18%
  • Preppy
    13%
  • Sheltered Athlete with No Real World Experiance
    8%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • Stressed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
88%
Poll
83%
of students say they don't have Greek life.64 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.90 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
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  • Carpe Diem
    76%
  • Close-knit
    7%
  • Expensive
    7%
  • Overpriced
    7%
  • Home away from home
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
78%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.41 responses
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There is always something to do here at Mercyhurst. The student council holds events every Friday and Saturday for students, so weekends are not just filled with homework. We have a bunch of clubs ranging from ice skating to an LGBT+ club. The theater program holds plays every couple of months and are a great time. From a graphic design major's perspective, the teachers here are excellent. They know how to get students jobs, which is excellent considering most art teachers only teach students the skills, but not how to apply those skills. The campus is beautiful, which is a major plus. One downside to Mercyhurst is the president makes plans without student input.
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A great school in that they have great ideas on how to keep students entertained, happy, and engaged. They are highly involved with the students and put on as many free programs/activities as they can. There are tons of giveaways and Hurst Day is a fantastic way to keep students motivated. Downside to all of these great ideas is that sometimes there’s no communication and the way that the school goes about things could be seen as wrong.
The school is great in the sense that they are upgrading all of the facilities, the campus is absolutely beautiful, and the surrounding areas are very safe. The downtown nightlife is great and has a lot of options if you are 21, as well as plenty of options for those who are not 21, as well. There are a lot of good places to eat off-campus that are close, within walking distance, and some that are only a 10 minute drive. The cost of living is cheap to where you can go bowling for two hours (unlimited, w/shoe rental) for 10$ or to the movies for 5$.
The class sizes are small and the faculty really cares about the students. Most of the students here are serious about their education and there is not much partying, not to mention the non-existent Greek life. It's in close proximity to many attractions in Erie such as three huge hospitals for potential field work, a huge mall, presque isle state park and the lake, and many shops and restaurants in Erie, along with several performance venues. There is no shortage of things to do. There are vegan and dietary need options but there are not many, they are improving.