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Undergrad Profile

Mercyhurst University is not only a place where you’ll receive a top-notch education that will prepare you for a lifetime of success; it’s also a place where you’ll discover who you are and what you’re meant to be. It’s a place where you’ll be immersed in culture, knowledge, and new experiences. It’s a place where you’ll make lifelong friends. You’ll be challenged. You’ll be rewarded. You’ll be successful. Carpe Diem—Seize the Opportunity! 

Mercyhurst University is a comprehensive, private Catholic university located in Erie, Pennsylvania—the state’s only Great Lakes city. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1926, the University is a beautiful 75-acre expanse located on a hill overlooking Erie. The historical entrance gates and stately Old Main are two of Erie’s major landmarks. 

Academic excellence and hands-on experience
At Mercyhurst you’ll learn more about yourself, about others, and about the world. As a comprehensive Catholic institution founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercyhurst is a leader in higher education, integrating excellence in the liberal arts with professional and career programs, and service to regional and world communities. The University continues to educate young men and women where faith and reason flourish together, where the beauty and power of the liberal arts combine with the appreciation of the dignity of work and a commitment to serving others.

Mercyhurst offers more than 100 academic majors, minors, and concentrations and serves students from a wide range of interests, from anthropology and archaeology, biology, business, and forensic sciences to hospitality management, intelligence studies, public health, and sports medicine. The University’s internationally renowned programs in anthropology, applied forensic sciences, and intelligence studies provide students with outstanding experiential learning unique to Mercyhurst. The Applied Forensic Sciences Department prides itself on being one of the only programs in the country that provides students opportunities to work with real evidence and human remains. Additionally, the undergraduate program in intelligence studies is the first non-government initiative of its kind and prepares students to become entry-level intelligence analysts for government and private sector entities. Many students secure internships with the FBI, CIA, or NSA, which prepares them for employment within those organizations upon graduation.

Mercyhurst University is known around the region and the world for its high-quality academics and outstanding faculty. Many of our professors are known as experts in their respective fields. Furthermore, while professors at larger universities are researching instead of teaching, the faculty at Mercyhurst involve themselves with teaching, advising, and research (and they often engage undergraduate students in such projects).

Extracurricular involvement
Mercyhurst University believes that a lot of a student’s learning is done outside the classroom—via clubs and organizations, athletics, performing arts, and more. Our vibrant student life program allows students the opportunity to get involved the moment they arrive. The University offers more than 80 Recognized Student Clubs and Organizations (RSCOs) on campus, including Ambassadors, Amnesty International, Diversity 101, Green Team, Merciad student newspaper, Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG), Senior Annual Yearbook, Student Activities Council, and many more.

Mercyhurst offers 24 athletic programs, including two NCAA Division I sports in men’s and women’s ice hockey, and 22 Division II sports. The College’s women’s ice hockey team is consistently ranked in the top five in the nation and advanced to the Frozen Four in 2008, 2009, and 2012. Additionally, our men’s lacrosse program won the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship and advanced to the championship game in 2013. Varsity athletics are not the only outlet for students, as Mercyhurst offers a wide range of intramural and other recreational activities.

Extraordinary success
Known for its quality programs, trusted reputation, outstanding facilities, and excellent faculty, Mercyhurst University graduates have been very successful in securing employment in their respective fields. More than 95% of graduates have either gained employment or have been accepted into graduate, medical, or professional schools. Also, our graduation rate has been recognized as one of the best in the country.

To date, more than 15,000 Mercyhurst alumni reside in all 50 states and in 15 countries across the globe. The University’s worldwide network of graduates includes the finest leaders, teachers, doctors, lawyers, police officers, FBI and CIA analysts, dancers, musicians, artists, and more.

Explore Mercyhurst
Mercyhurst University invites you to explore our outstanding institution. The best way to discover if Mercyhurst is for you is to visit our campus in person. The Office of Admissions offers individual visits for you and your family from Monday through Friday and three Open Houses in the fall. You’ll have the opportunity to tour our campus with a Mercyhurst Ambassador; meet with an Admissions Counselor, faculty member, coach, and current student; and enjoy a meal in our Egan Café or Laker Inn. To schedule a visit, please contact the Office of Admissions at 814-824-2202 or visit us at




History: Founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy; attained university status in 2012

Type: Four-year, private, coeducational, comprehensive Catholic university

Enrollment: 2,850 undergraduate students

Motto: “Carpe Diem”—Seize the Day

Campus Location: 75-acre campus containing 80 buildings in Erie, Pennsylvania

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Athletics: NCAA Division I (men’s and women’s ice hockey) and Division II; team nicknamed the Lakers

B.A. = Bachelor of Arts; B.S. = Bachelor
of Science; B.M. = Bachelor of Music;
B.M.E. = Bachelor of Music in Education

Undergraduate majors
• Accounting (B.A.)
• Anthropology/Archaeology (B.A., B.S.)
• Applied Forensic Sciences (B.S.)
• Art Education (B.A.)
• Art, Studio (B.A.)
• Art Therapy (B.A.)
• Athletic Training (B.S.)
• Biochemistry (B.S.)
• Biology (B.A., B.S.)
• Business (B.A.)
• Business Competitive Intelligence (B.A.)
• Business Economics (B.A.)
• Business Marketing (B.A.)
• Chemistry (B.A., B.S.)
• Communication (B.A.)
• Computer Systems (B.A.)
• Criminal Justice (B.A.)
• Dance (B.A.)
• Education (Early Childhood)—PreK–4th grade (B.A.)
• Education (Early Childhood/Special)—PreK–4th/PreK–8th grade (B.A.)
• Education (Middle Childhood)—4th–8th grade (B.A.)
- English/Language Arts
- Mathematics
- Science
- Social Studies

• English (B.A.)
• Exercise Science (B.S.)
• Fashion Merchandising (B.S.)
• Finance (B.A.)
• French (B.A.)
• French Education (B.A.)
• Geology (B.A., B.S.)
• Graphic Design (B.A.)
• History (B.A.)
• Hospitality Management (B.A.)
• Integrated Marketing Communication (B.A.)
• Intelligence Studies (B.A.)
• Interior Design (B.A.)
• International Business (B.A.)
• Liberal Studies (B.A.)
• Management (B.A.)
• Mathematics (B.A.)
• Multimedia Technology (B.A.)
• Music (B.A., B.M.)
• Music Education (B.M.E.)
• Music Therapy (B.A.)
• Philosophy (B.A.)
• Political Science (B.A.)
• Psychology (B.A.)
• Public Health (B.A., B.S.)
• Religious Studies (B.A.)
• Russian Studies (B.A.)
• Social Work (B.A.)
• Sociology (B.A.)
• Spanish (B.A.)
• Spanish Education (B.A.)
• Sport Business Management (B.A.)
• Sports Medicine (B.S.)
• Sustainability Studies (B.A.)
• Undeclared

• Pre-dental
• Pre-law
• Pre-medicine
• Pre-occupational Therapy
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-physical Therapy
• Pre-physician Assistant
• Pre-veterinary