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IPEDS ID: 213987
OPE ID: 00329700
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Mercyhurst University
501 E 38th St, Erie, Pennsylvania 16546
General information:  (814) 824-2000
Website:  www.mercyhurst.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  3,011 (2,680 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  13 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty16396
Instructional16396
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$26,346$27,657$29,037$30,3004.3%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,178$11,139$11,391$11,5881.7%
Other$1,750$1,750$1,750$1,7500.0%
Off Campus
Room and board---$11,588 -
Other---$1,750 -
Off Campus with Family
Other--$1,750$1,7500.0%
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$39,274$41,746$43,378$44,8383.4%
Off Campus$27,346$28,857$30,237$44,83848.3%
Off Campus with Family$27,346$28,857$31,987$33,2503.9%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Tuition$19,830
Fees$350
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid1668100%————
Grant or scholarship aid668100%$14,373,722$21,518
Federal grants19930%$794,000$3,990
Pell grants19930%$790,000$3,970
Other federal grants(*)0%(*)(*)
State/local government grant or scholarships19529%$610,329$3,130
Institutional grants or scholarships667100%$12,969,393$19,444
Student loan aid45969%$3,734,432$8,136
Federal student loans45969%$2,702,986$5,889
Other student loans7712%$1,031,446$13,395
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • (*) Number receiving aid and total and average amounts of aid received are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,68197%$53,436,664$19,932
Pell grants87432%$3,634,863$4,159
Federal student loans1,95971%$14,429,634$7,366
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2010-20112011-20122012-2013
Average net price$24,284$21,034$20,752
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$25,625$14,599$14,875
$30,001 – $48,000$23,044$16,095$16,389
$48,001 – $75,000$23,835$20,418$19,173
$75,001 – $110,000$25,910$22,591$21,750
$110,001 and more$25,144$25,433$24,037
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment3,011
Undergraduate enrollment2,680
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment65
Graduate enrollment331
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 95%
Part-time: 5%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 44%
Female: 56%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 77%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 7%
Non-resident alien: 8%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 92%
25 and over: 8%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 42%
Out-of-state: 52%
Foreign countries: 3%
Unknown: 3%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 47%
Part-time: 53%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 5%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 95%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 8%
Enrolled in some distance education: 17%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 76%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $30
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants2,9381,2441,694
Percent admitted75%72%78%
Percent admitted who enrolled27%29%25%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT45175%
ACT24340%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading470580
SAT Math470580
SAT Writing460560
ACT Composite2126
ACT English2026
ACT Math2026
  • ACT Writing component not required for admission.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 80%
Part-time students: 25%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 89 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 60%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 59%
6-year: 68%
8-year: 70%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 57%
Female: 62%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 33%
Asian: 33%
Black or African American: 41%
Hispanic/Latino: 48%
White: 61%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 64%
Non-resident alien: 64%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Russian Studies1--
Category total1--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry6--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General43--
Exercise Physiology14-
Category total504-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting16-1
Business Administration and Management, General20-1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other2--
Business/Commerce, General1--
Business/Managerial Economics1--
Fashion Merchandising8--
Finance, General8--
Hospitality Administration/Management, General30--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General5--
International Business/Trade/Commerce4-0
Marketing Research6--
Marketing, Other16--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General1--
Organizational Leadership-202
Category total118204
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric19--
Category total19--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General8-0
Category total8-0
Education
Art Teacher Education3-0
Biology Teacher Education0-0
Business Teacher Education0-0
Chemistry Teacher Education0-0
Early Childhood Education and Teaching8-0
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs19--
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs2--
Elementary Education and Teaching1-0
English/Language Arts Teacher Education0-0
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education0-0
Foreign Language Teacher Education0-0
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching2--
Mathematics Teacher Education0-0
Music Teacher Education5-0
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education0-0
Secondary Education and Teaching-16-
Social Studies Teacher Education0-0
Special Education and Teaching, General0270
Category total40430
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General8--
Category total8--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General0-0
Spanish Language and Literature1--
Category total1-0
Health Professions and Related Programs
Art Therapy/Therapist16--
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other--3
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General26--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse7--
Category total49-3
History
History, General12--
Category total12--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-8-
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies29--
Forensic Science and Technology14--
Category total438-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies20--
Category total20--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General3--
Category total3--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies5541d22d
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other19-0
Category total7441d22d
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy2--
Religion/Religious Studies2--
Category total4--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General0--
Geology/Earth Science, General0--
Category total0--
Psychology
Psychology, General15--
Category total15--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work20--
Category total20--
Social Sciences
Anthropology1102
Archeology0--
Physical and Biological Anthropology-2-
Political Science and Government, General9--
Sociology3--
Category total2322
Theology and Religious Vocations
Religious Education0--
Category total0--
Visual and Performing Arts
Dance, General11--
Fine/Studio Arts, General4--
Graphic Design9--
Interior Design14--
Music Performance, General0--
Music, General4--
Category total42--
Grand total55011831
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (with football) MenWomen
Baseball44
Basketball1614
Field Hockey26
Football109
Golf1513
Ice Hockey2825
Lacrosse4934
Rowing2928
Soccer2524
Softball21
Tennis119
Track and Field, X-Country1015
Volleyball19
Water Polo2616
Wrestling36
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education(!)7/1/1931 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics1/1/1977 - 6/30/2009Resigned
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTAA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant5/1/1996 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs(!)1/1/2009 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1996 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations501
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations400
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible110
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery010
Aggravated assault300
Burglary752
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible100
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault100
Burglary652
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate11.6%10.3%
Number in default156133
Number in repayment1,3441,284
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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