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Mercyhurst University

501 E 38th St
Erie, Pennsylvania 16546

Level Four or more years
Undergraduate Enrollment 2,700
Setting City
Links Financial Aid Office
Admissions Office
Online Application (Fee: $0)
Total 2019 Full-Time Undergraduate Enrollment 2,700
Total 2019 Full-Time First-Year Enrollment 650
Total 2019 Total Enrollment 3,200
Middle 50% Range of HS GPA for Freshmen 3.50 GPA
Middle 50% Range of ACT/SAT for Freshmen 23 ACT
Test Optional Yes
Accept Transfer Students Yes
Middle 50% Range of College GPA for Transfer Students 3.25 GPA
Total 2019 Full-Time Transfer Student Enrollment 350
Catholic Order Affiliation Sisters of Mercy
3 Most Popular Majors Cyber Security, Intelligence Studies, Fashion Merchandising
Unique Academic Programs Public Health, Risk Management, Forensics, Anthropology, Archeology
School Mascot Lakers

Interesting Facts:
  • When Mother Borgia Egan was looking to build her college, she was advised by Father Garson to build it "on a hill" and "near water." When constructed, Mercyhurst sat atop Erie's largest hill, overlooking Lake Erie. The "Hurst" part of the university's name pays homage to the "wooded area on the hill" where Mercyhurst found its home.
  • The Grotto was named and modeled after the Grotto at the University of Notre Dame. The Grotto was constructed at the peak of the Great Depression, by unemployed laborers who worked with Father Sullivan to construct the Grotto out of thanks for the daily soup kitchen the sisters ran for the poor and out of work. 
  • The chapel lobby has received many famous visitors, including the Von Trapp Family and Eleanor Roosevelt. 
  • The first male to graduate from Mercyhurst College was Daniel Burke. Today, he is a member of the university's art faculty.