Mercyhurst University, Pennsylvania, Erie

    Erie, PennsylvaniaLocation
    CollegeSchool type
    Estd 1926established year

    Mercyhurst University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Mercyhurst University is a distinguished American Catholic Liberal Arts University. The university located in Erie, Pennsylvania, was founded by Sisters of Mercy in 1926. Later in 2012, Mercyhurst was chartered as a four-year Liberal Arts University. The university also has two other campuses in addition to the main campus at Erie.

    For the year 2019, the university witnessed enrollment of 3,400 students, with international students from 54 countries studying in the US. The university is ranked among the best regional universities and accredited to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Council on Social Work Education.

    Mercyhurst University offers more than 59 undergraduate majors, 10 graduate degrees, and 12 graduate certificates in disciplines including Forensic Anthropology, Business Economics, Criminal Justice, Data Science, Forensic Science, Accountancy, Music, Management, Applied Behaviour Analysis, Human Resource Management, and Art Therapy.

    Mercyhurst University Rankings

    The university has been ranked

    • #48 in Regional University North by the US News and World Report 2020 ranking.
    • #26 in Best Colleges for Veteran by the US News and World Report 2020 ranking.
    • #163 in Best Colleges for Design in America by the Niche 2020 ranking.
    • #144 in Best Colleges for Criminal Justice in America by the Niche 2020 ranking.
    • #501-600 among the universities in the US by the Times Higher Education 2020 ranking.


    Type Private
    Campus Setting Urban
    Year of Establishment 1926
    Total Intake 3400
    Acceptance Rate 60%
    Graduation Rate 67%
    Retention Rate 78%
    Test Scores Accepted SAT/ACT/TOEFL/IELTS
    Endowment 31.8 Million USD
    Programs Offered Undergraduate, Graduate and Associate Degree
    Cost of Attendance 52,791 USD
    Campus Housing Capacity 68%
    Admission Helpdesk 814-824-2202
    Official Website

    Mercyhurst University Campus

    Mercyhurst university campus
    • Mercyhurst University has two campuses, the main campus at Erie, Pennsylvania and North East campus.
    • The main campus is beautifully landscaped over 75-acre of land. The campus stands at the state's only port city and is approximately 100 miles from Cleveland, Ohio, New York.
    • The main campus is built according to the English Gothic architecture.
    • The university has on-campus accommodation facilities, rich libraries, modern classrooms, eateries, recreational & athletic facilities, and other amenities.
    • The campus classrooms are spacious and small with an average classroom size of 20 students and a Student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
    • The university runs 80 student clubs or organizations, which are responsible to organize various leisure activities, events for the students. The university also offers 24 varsity level sports.

    Mercyhurst University Residence

    • Mercyhurst University provides on-campus accommodation with 68% of the students living on campus. The housing is comfortable with all the modern facilities.
    • All the residence halls have fully furnished rooms with all the basic amenities with a bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, wireless internet connection, laundry facilities, kitchen, and microwave on every floor.
    • There are separate housing options for first-year students. Some of the freshman residence halls are:
    Residence Halls Housing Capacity Features
    Baldwin Hall 160 Students All female residence with single and double occupancy rooms, large lounge at entrance, semi-private bathrooms
    McAuley Hall 140 Students All male residence with single and double occupancy furnished rooms, communal bathrooms
    Warde Hall 360 Students Male and female residence with triple occupancy furnished rooms and limited double occupancy rooms.
    • Students can also opt for upperclassmen housing that offers sophomores, juniors and seniors the option to live together.

    Mercyhurst University Programs

    • Programs at Mercyhurst College are available in undergraduate, graduate, associate, and certificate format. The programs are offered according to the semester-based academic calendar.
    • The university offers more than 59 undergraduate majors, 10 graduate degrees, and 12 graduate certificates in a wide range of disciplines.
    • The university runs 4 colleges, namely:
      • Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
      • Ridge College of Intelligence Studies of Applied Sciences
      • Walker College of Business
      • Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences
    • The popular areas of study offered by the university are Forensic Anthropology, Business Economics, Criminal Justice, Data Science, Forensic Science, Accountancy, Music, Management, Applied Behaviour Analysis, Human Resource Management, and Art Therapy.

    Mercyhurst University Application Process

    You must consider the following important points before applying for admission to Mercyhurst University:

    Application Portal: Applicants can apply online through Mercyhurst Application or Common Application available at the university's official website.

    Application Fees: There is no application fee for Mercyhurst University.

    Application Deadlines: The university offers admission on a rolling basis, hence there are no specific deadlines for admission.

    Required Documents: Following documents are required for the application process.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts or high school records, diplomas, and certificates from previous institutions.
    • Biographical,academic, and extracurricular information
    • Standardized Test Scores i.e. SAT/ACT scores
    • Letter of Recommendation
    • Personal Statement or Writing Sample
    • English language proficiency

    Additional Requirements:

    • Proof of financial availability
    • Valid student Visa
    • A valid copy passport

    English Language Proficiency: Applicants with a native language other than English need to prove their proficiency by providing scores of TOEFL, IELTS test.

    Mercyhurst University Cost of Attendance

    • It is recommended that international students get an estimate of expenses for studying in the US well beforehand.
    • The estimated cost of attendance depends on several factors like the program applied for, tuition fees, books and supplies, housing, dining, transportation, etc.
    • Estimated Cost of Attendance at Mercyhurst University for academic session 2020-21:
    Expense Cost for International Students
    Basic Tuition 38,580 USD
    Standard Fees 2,770 USD
    Room and Board 12,500 USD - 15,000 USD
    Orientation, ID card fees 310 USD

    Mercyhurst University Financial Aids

    • The university provides financial support in the form of scholarships, grants, and awards.
    • The university offers financial assistance to approximately 99% of the students and offered an average four-year scholarship of 70,000 USD.
    • Students can also avail funds to study in the US through their home country, Federal grants, and external resources.
    • Merit-based scholarships are available for International Students. Some of the scholarships available at Mercyhurst University are:
    Scholarship Amount (USD) Eligibility
    Sr. Carolyn Herrmann Scholarships 20,000 High school GPA, SAT or ACT scores, class rank, and high school coursework are evaluated. This scholarship is renewable for four years of study.
    Alumni Legacy Scholarships 1,000 Awarded to applicants who are dependents of a Mercyhurst alumnus or alumna.
    Erie Diocese and Sisters of Mercy Heritage Awards 1,000 Awarded to students enrolling from a Catholic high school or Mercy-sponsored, co-sponsored, or affiliated high school.

    Mercyhurst University Alumni

    • Mercyhurst University has a worldwide network of alumni that consists of former students and graduates of the university.
    • Some Notable Alumni are:
      • John Deagy (Politician)
      • Anthony Maher (Professional Soccer Player)
      • Buster Douglas (American Former Professional Boxer)
      • David Lough (American Former Professional Baseball Outfielder)

    Mercyhurst University Placements

    • Mercyhurst University runs the Career Development Center, a collaborative workplace, career management system, which offers career-oriented services for students and helps with resume, interview, and job search.
    • Some of the services and programs offered by the Career Development Center are:
      • The major and minor fairs
      • "How to Register" Workshops
      • Web Advisor Workshops
    • The university offers various internships and on-the-job work experience, also effectively plans student employment.
    • Approximately 95% of the graduate students are placed or enrolled in graduate schools within a year of graduation.

    4 years

    Course Duration

    $36,9581st YEAR

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    Course Duration

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    Mercyhurst University Overview

    Insitution type
    Private (Not for Profit)
    Student Population
    FAFSA Code
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $36,958 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    1 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Application Portal :

    Early Action Deadlines

    November 1

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

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    Mercyhurst University Acceptance Rate

    69.9 %

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    Mercyhurst University enrollment

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    Attendance Cost


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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $36,958 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $1,200 / Year
    On campus, Room & Board
    $12,210 / Year
    On Campus, Other Expenses
    $2,061 / Year
    Off Campus
    Off campus (not with family), Room & Board
    $12,210 / Year
    Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses
    $2,061 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Room & Board
    $1,811 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Other Expenses
    $2,061 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    Middle States Commission on Higher Education
    Program wise accreditation
    Music Programs
    National Association of Schools of Music
    Nursing Programs
    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
    Physiotherapy Programs
    American Physical Therapy Association


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    College Rating

    Based on 3 Students Rating

    7.9 out of 10
    7.0/10Social Life


    8.0 /10

    I got to know about this college from my relatives who live there. I also applied to two more colleges other than this. It was easy to apply for admission through online mode. They had their official website for the admission procedure. There was no application fee.

    Course Curriculum :

    My program was well organized and planned. There were many pieces of training involved in my program. I learned various skills such as problem solving, understanding, and cooperation. My communication skills also get enhanced a lot.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    8.0 /10

    I opted for this university because it was suggested by my elder sister who also studies there. I liked all the facilities offered by the university very much. The admission process was online and was filled by me through the official website of the university.I had not paid any kind of application fee.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course was designed in a very good way. It had provided me theoretical and practical knowledge of psychology. I had learned to conduct various research. University had a special lab for conducting psychological research, while pursuing my program I got the opportunity to participate in various seminars and conferences.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    6 /10 extracurricular
    7.8 /10

    My reason for the selection was because it is one of the premier universities of Pennsylvania that offers a diverse range of different courses. After completing my high school here in India it was one of my choices among 3 other universities but finally confirmed it looking at the success of the alumni and reviews of some students studying there. I applied through the online application with no additional charge.

    Course Curriculum :

    As a freshman, the curriculum included Introduction to mercyhurst , research and writing , introduction to psychology ,foundation of public health and a global perspective through yoga .on advancing on the curriculum it becomes more rigorous and focuses on the subject in great detail . During the end of the course practical skills are given a lot of importance.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    501 East 38th Street, Erie, Pennsylvania 16546

    Nearby This Campus

    • Bus Station
    • Book Store
    • Hospital
    • Shopping Mall
    • Super Market
    • Airport
    • Restaurant

    Bus Station

    Briggs Ave (Bus Shelter)0.13 km
    E 38th St at Wallace St0.15 km
    E 38th St at Mercyhurst University0.17 km
    E 38th at Mercyhurst0.21 km
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    Erie VA Medical Center0.86 km
    Saint Vincent Hospital2.24 km
    St Vincent Spine Center2.56 km
    Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie4.08 km
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    Super Market

    Serafin's Food Market1.59 km
    Erie County Farms2.38 km
    UK Supermarket2.94 km
    Family Dollar3.71 km
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    Little Caesars Pizza3.01 km
    Lavery Brewing Co3.17 km
    Subway Restaurants4.17 km
    Bayfront Grille4.73 km
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    Book Store

    Bookstore0.22 km
    Gannon University Bookstore3.53 km
    Action Toy Man3.83 km
    Bayfront Bookshelf4.40 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Burton Plaza1.41 km
    Grandview Shopping Center1.75 km
    Kranacks1.80 km
    Perry Plaza2.42 km
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    Saint Vincent Health Center Heliport2.29 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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