Mercyhurst College

Mercyhurst College

Mercyhurst College is a four-year Catholic liberal arts college, located in Erie, Pennsylvania. The college was established in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy. Its main campus is located in Erie and covers 70 acres. The college offers more than 45 undergraduate majors with over 65 concentrations and enrolls more than 3,000 students. Mercyhurst College is organized into the following academic schools:

  • The Hafenmaier School of Education & Behavioral Sciences
  • The School of Arts & Humanities
  • The School of Social Sciences
  • The Walker School of Business & Communication
  • The Zurn School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Mercyhurst College participates in NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II level sports and the college's sports teams are nicknamed as the Lakers. They are members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).

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Mercyhurst College
501 E 38th St
Erie , PA 16546
General Phone: (814) 824-2000

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Mercyhurst College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts211foreign language and literature, English, liberal arts and sciences, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, physical anthropology, political science, sociology, ...
Business and Management145business management, business administration, accounting, finance, international business
Education and Teaching137special ed, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, art education, business teaching, English teaching, foreign language teaching, family/home economics teaching, math teaching, ...
Security and Law Enforcement129criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Nursing and Emergency Medicine110registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Therapy and Counseling52psychology, physical therapist assistant, art therapy
Family and Social Work49family and consumer science, social work
Science41biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology
Media39communication studies
Hospitality37hospitality management
Medical Support and Technology31health service and sciences, medical coding
Computer Science and Engineering21computer and info science
Fine Arts19fine arts
Drama and Performing Arts12dance
Office and Administration5office management
Music5music, music performance
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy, religion, religious education
Medical Administration3medical transcription, medical office assistant
Engineering Technician0computer systems tech
Cooking and Culinary Arts0chef training

Number of programs and degrees for Mercyhurst College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree62948
Associate's degree20310
Postbaccalaureate certificate5623
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years486
Master's degree795
Award of less than 1 academic year362

Mercyhurst College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Mercyhurst College had a total enrollment of 4,253 students (3,807 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 91%
Graduate 9%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 5%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 35%
20-21 32%
22-24 13%
25-29 6%
30-34 3%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York14%
(International Students)6%
New Jersey1%

Mercyhurst College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 31 %

Mercyhurst College Room and Board (2007)

Mercyhurst College offers campus housing for 2,141 of its 3,807 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Erie, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Mercyhurst College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470570
SAT Math460580
SAT Writing450570
ACT Verbal2126
ACT Math1924
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT84%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT42%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsrecommended

Mercyhurst College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,286
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,286
Room and board $ 8,196
Room charge $ 4,119
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,077
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,600

Financial Aid:
Mercyhurst College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 329700)

Mercyhurst College Faculty

Mercyhurst College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year0*7$48,152
All faculty totalcalendar year0*7$48,152

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year15$77,0982*
Associate professoracademic year20$58,41612$59,829
Assistant professoracademic year35$51,73535$50,127
Instructoracademic year22$41,50027$42,773
Lectureracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year92$54,87577$49,455

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Mercyhurst College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Basketball Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Baseball Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Track Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports118112230

Mercyhurst College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Physical Anthropology
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Art Therapy/Therapist
Physical Therapist Assistant
Psychology, General

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