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 passions and share them with the world. It’s your time to seize the day.
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 with more than 50 buildings in Erie, Pennsylvania
Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Athletics: NCAA Division II (and Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey)
Offering the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor of Music (BM)
• Applied Forensic Sciences
• Art Education
• Art Therapy
• Athletic Training
• Business and Competitive Intelligence
• Business Economics
• Criminal Justice
• Data Science
• Early Childhood Education
• Early Childhood/Special Education
• Environmental Science
• Exercise Science
• Fashion Merchandising
• French Education
• Graphic Design
• History Education
• Hospitality Management
• Human Resource Management
• Information Technology
• Integrated Marketing Communication
• Intelligence Studies
• Interior Architecture and Design
• International Business
• Liberal Studies
• Music Composition
• Music Education
• Music Performance
• Music Therapy
• Political Science
• Public Health
• Religious Studies
• Russian Studies
• Social Work
• Spanish Education
• Sport Business Management
• Sports Medicine
• Studio Art
• Sustainability Studies
• Occupational Therapy
• Physical Therapy
• Physician Assistant
Mercyhurst University is a private comprehensive Catholic university located in Erie, Pennsylvania, the state’s only Great Lakes city. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1926, Mercyhurst is situated on a beautiful 75-acre campus on a hill overlooking the city.
Academic excellence and hands-on experience
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. Inspired by the pioneering spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, we champion service and hospitality, building an open-minded community that welcomes people from all walks of life. At Mercyhurst, we embrace new ideas and new technology to meet the needs of our students in every dimension of the college experience.
Mercyhurst offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and more than 70 minors, concentrations, and pre-professional tracks, as well as more than 20 graduate programs. Many of our academic programs enjoy national recognition, including Intelligence Studies, Anthropology/Archaeology, Applied Forensic Sciences, Fashion Merchandising, 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 evidence and remains from actual forensic cases. 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. 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.
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 varsity and intramural athletics and performing arts groups as well as more than 80 student clubs and organizations, including Amnesty International, Black Students for Unity, Marching Band, LGBTQIA Equality Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, 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, frequently earning regional and national accolades for our teams and individual student-athletes. The drive to compete at the highest level while still embracing the identity of a student and scholar has helped Mercyhurst consistently achieve one of the highest academic success rates in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
Mercyhurst’s four-year graduation rate is one of the highest in the region, and our graduates have been 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 20 of our majors report a 100% job or grad school placement rate.
Nearly 20,000 Mercyhurst alumni reside in all 50 states and 15 countries across the globe, a ready-made networking resource to help connect graduates with career opportunities. Our graduates include the finest business leaders, teachers, doctors, lawyers, police officers, FBI and CIA analysts, dancers, musicians, artists, and more.
The best way to discover Mercyhurst is to visit campus and see it for yourself! The Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers individual campus 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 us at 814-824-2202 or visit mercyhurst.edu.