Mercyhurst University
Erie, PA 16546


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 2,784
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Student to faculty ratio 16:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 1,950 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Mercyhurst University is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 3,254 applications and 2,448 students were granted admission. Mercyhurst University is at the #73 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Mercyhurst University's tuition was $32,430 for all students regardless of residency (21% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of Mercyhurst University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 27% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,448 (which is 1.1% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Mercyhurst University in 2016-2017, was 395, which is 67% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,868 (which is 0.5% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Mercyhurst University has enrolled a total of 2,784 students (2,594 students full-time and 190 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 2,784 students, 52 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 44% men and 56% women and 2,464 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 320 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 81 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 60%

Two or more races: 16%

Non-resident alien: 10%

Black/African American: 5%

Hispanic: 4%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Asian: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Mercyhurst University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 16% 335
Military Technologies And Applied Sciences 11% 243 0
Education 7% 152
Health Professions And Related Programs 7% 149
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 5% 109
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 4% 95
Social Sciences 4% 94
Visual And Performing Arts 4% 92
Psychology 4% 82
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 2% 40

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Mercyhurst University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Mercyhurst University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $31,300. Last year, out of the total 1,755 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,632 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,975 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,797 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $31,300 $39,700
Employment Rate 93% 91%
Total Graduates 1,755 1,975

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Mercyhurst University.

Gannon University
2.3 mile away
Allegheny College
31.8 mile away
Thiel College
50.6 mile away
Grove City College
65.5 mile away
Lake Erie College
67 mile away
Westminster College
69.5 mile away
Hilbert College
77.3 mile away
Hiram College
78.4 mile away
St Bonaventure University
80.7 mile away