Mercyhurst University

Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Mercyhurst University is a fully accredited, four-year, Catholic, liberal arts institution founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy, who worked hard to make the college and the Erie community a better place. 

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (8)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)



Mercyhurst College was founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy of the Erie Catholic Diocese, who trace their heritage to Mother Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland.


The University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, with 67 concentrations, as well as unique adult programs and eight graduate degrees are available at the university.

A Mercyhurst education aims at engaging students for life and at creating leaders in justice and service. In a time of much social change and challenge, this inspiration clarifies our vision of the specific character of our Catholic Mercy University. 

Our inspiration leads us to topics of study and engages our perspectives in learning, research and scholarly endeavors. Such inspiration provides the basis of the social-justice dimension of many of our academic and service programs. Indeed, such inspiration directs the goals of our university. 


Consistent with its Catholic identity and Mercy heritage, Mercyhurst University educates women and men in a culture where faith and reason flourish together, where the beauty and power of the liberal arts combine with an appreciation for the dignity of work and a commitment to serving others. Confident in the strength of its student-faculty bonds, the university community is inspired by the image of students whose choices, in life and work, will enable them to realize the human and spiritual values embedded in everyday realities and to exercise leadership in service toward a just world.


The Career Development Center (CDC) is located on the first floor of Egan Hall. The CDC offers a variety of assistance with your career needs. Visit a career counselor for assistance with resume and cover letters, interviewing, graduate school and job searching, career exploration, and internships.

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Student services

The Office of Academic Support delivers a wide-range of services to students, faculty and administration. It is our goal to foster satisfying experiences that lead to student success and persistence, understanding that effective student outreach leads to a strong student success program.

Housing services

We offer our students a variety of living options, from rooms in our traditional residence halls to on-campus apartments shared with friends. Living on campus definitely has its perks – from impromptu pick up games of volleyball on the sand court to quickly being able to enjoy late-night treats from the Laker Inn. No matter where you are living, every student is equipped with their own desk, chair, bed, dresser, access to cable and wifi, and free laundry facilities in each building.

Library services

The Mercyhurst University Bookstore is a "warehouse" of books, clothing, and glass and ceramic souvenirs. In addition to books galore, we have a large selection of wearing apparel for all ages that carry the university name, the Laker insignia or Carpe Diem motto. We also carry:

  • Art Work
  • Blankets
  • College Pennants
  • Greeting Cards
  • Office Supplies
  • Window Decals

ICT services

The following is a list of laptop configuration recommendations for the Mercyhurst University Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

  • RAM - 4GB – 8GB+
  • Hard Drive – 250GB or higher
  • 802.11b/g Wireless NIC
  • CD-RW/DVD drive
  • Microsoft Windows 7/8 (Professional recommended)
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word and PowerPoint recommended)
  • Antivirus Software
  • Service Plan - 3+ years

Medical services

The Student Health Center provides primary care for ordinary illnesses and emergencies. Available services include; primary care, blood pressure screening, diet counseling, flu vaccinations (in season), TB testing for student placements, skin care counseling, and counseling. Health education pamphlets and referrals are also provided.

Student Life

Campus life

The Erie campus, located on a picturesque hillside crowning the city, offers 50 undergraduate majors with 67 concentrations, as well as unique adult programs and eight graduate degrees. In addition, it maintains its one- and two-year programs at a campus in scenic North East, just 20 minutes from Erie.

Sports facilities

The Mercyhurst University Recreation Center was built to provide each student the opportunity to enhance their physical well being, within the realm of their academic challenges. This recreation center was designed with the intent of meeting the recreational, fitness, and athletic needs of the students, faculty, and intercollegiate teams of Mercyhurst University.

Student clubs

At Mercyhurst University, you can enhance your experience beyond the classroom through Recognized Student Clubs/Organizations (RSCOs). Clubs and organizations offer activities designed for fun and camaraderie and are great ways to meet other students who share common interests. Getting involved on campus is also a unique way to develop leadership skills and is an excellent resume builder for that first job after graduation. 


Accreditation: The Pennsylvania Department of Education; The Council on Social Work Education; The Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration; National Association of Schools of Dance; The National Athletic Trainers Association; The American Physical Therapy Association; The National Association of Schools of Music; and International Assembly of Collegiate Business Educators.

Student Reviews

Living the Mercy Mission
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mercyhurst University was a very good choice for my program. The intelligence studies department is one of the first of its kind and had excellent professors and staff. The Mercy Mission of the school was an amazing way to encourage leadership and volunteer work among all of the students. The only negative to the school was the high rate of turnover among intelligence...

Mercyhurst Graduate
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I feel like I squeezed every opportunity I could out of my time at Mercyhurst. I absolutely loved it, and lived each day with our motto in mind: carpe diem, seize the day. The teachers and staff were incredibly supportive and I’ve made lifelong connections with my professors, coaches, and classmates.

Erie, Pennsylvania, United States


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