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Undergrad Profile

For 90 years Mercyhurst University has valued exploration, within our gates and around the globe. On our campus you’ll discover programs that fit your interests and seize opportunities for life-changing experiences. We celebrate experience inside and outside the classroom, challenging you to write more, practice harder, dig deeper, and see the world from an unconventional perspective. College is your time to grow, to discover something new, to ignite your passion and share it with the world. It’s your time to seize the day. 

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 situated on a beautiful 75-acre expanse on a hill overlooking the city. 

Academic excellence and hands-on experience
At Mercyhurst you’ll learn more about yourself, about others, and about the world. Mercyhurst is a leader in applied liberal arts higher education, integrating excellence in the liberal arts with professional programs and service to regional and
world communities. The University educates young men and women in an environment 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 50 undergraduate majors, with more than 70 minors, concentrations, and pre-professional tracks as well as more than 20 graduate degree and certificate programs. Many of our academic programs enjoy national recognition, including Intelligence Studies, Anthropology/Archaeology, Applied Forensic Sciences, Public Health, Hospitality Management, and Dance. The Applied Forensic Sciences Department is one of the only programs in the country to provide students with opportunities to work with real evidence and human remains. Our Intelligence Studies program, the first non-government initiative of its kind, prepares students to become intelligence analysts ready to meet the security and business demands of the 21st-century environment. Many students secure internships with federal agencies and global businesses, and our grads are highly coveted among Fortune 500 corporations and DC Beltway institutions.

Mercyhurst is known for its pioneering approach to higher education, combining time-honored academic traditions with cutting-edge innovations in technology—such as our DNA sequencing lab and our multimedia communications center—to enhance student learning. Many of our professors are recognized experts in their fields, and all are devoted to undergraduate teaching and collaborative research. Faculty—not graduate or teaching assistants—teach all courses at Mercyhurst, and as early as freshman year, you’ll have opportunities to work alongside faculty on cross-disciplinary research and projects.

Extracurricular involvement
Mercyhurst’s vibrant student life community affords students the opportunity to get involved outside the classroom the moment they arrive. The University offers a range of performing arts groups and varsity and intramural athletics, as well as more than 80 Recognized Student Clubs and Organizations on campus, including

Amnesty International, Black Students for Unity, Equestrian Club, LGBTQIA Equality Club, Marching Band, Merciad (student newspaper), Student Government, 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. Our teams compete at a high level, so there’s almost always a big game—or even a championship—to get excited about. In the 2015–2016 season alone, our baseball team won the PSAC Western Division championship and set a program record for wins in a season; men’s basketball claimed the PSAC Tournament championship; and women’s ice hockey won its 16th-consecutive College Hockey America regular-season championship and won the CHA Tournament Championship, just to name a few.

Extraordinary success
Mercyhurst graduates have been very successful in securing employment in their respective fields. In recent years 95% of our graduates have gained employment or been accepted into graduate, medical, or professional schools within a year of graduation. More than 19,000 Mercyhurst alumni reside in all 50 states and in 15 countries across the globe. Our network of graduates includes the finest business leaders, teachers, doctors, lawyers, police officers, FBI and CIA analysts, dancers, musicians, artists, and more.

Explore Mercyhurst
The best way to discover Mercyhurst is to visit campus and see it for yourself! The Office of Admissions offers individual visits every Monday through Friday, as well as multiple Open Houses in the fall, spring, and summer. To learn more or 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: 3,100 undergraduate students; 300 graduate students

Motto: Carpe Diem, Latin for “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

Offering the BA (Bachelor of Arts), BS (Bachelor of Science), BM (Bachelor of Music), and BME (Bachelor of Music in Education)

Undergraduate Majors
• Accounting
• Anthropology/Archaeology
• Applied Forensic Sciences
• Applied Sociology
• Art Education
• Art Therapy
• Athletic Training
• Biochemistry
• Bioinformatics
• Biology
• Business Competitive Intelligence
• Business Economics
• Chemistry
• Communication
• Criminal Justice
• Dance
• Data Science*
• Early Childhood Education
• Early Childhood/Special Education
• English
• English Education
• Environmental Science
• Exercise Science
• Fashion Merchandising
• Finance
• French
• French Education
• Geology
• Graphic Design
• History
• Hospitality Management
• Human Resource Management
• Information Technology
• Integrated Marketing Communication
• Intelligence Studies
• Interior Architecture and Design
• International Business
• Liberal Studies
• Management
• Marketing
• Mathematics
• Music
• Music Education
• Music Performance
• Music Therapy
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Public Health
• Religious Studies
• Russian Studies
• Social Work
• Spanish
• Spanish Education
• Sport Business Management
• Sports Medicine
• Studio Art

* Available as a Scholars Program along with any major

Pre-professional Programs
• Pre-architecture
• Pre-chiropractic
• Pre-dentistry
• Pre-law
• Pre-medical
• Pre-occupational Therapy
• Pre-optometry
• Pre-osteopathy
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-physician Assistant