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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: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  2,685 (2,381 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  14 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium 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 – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
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 2018Full timePart time
Total faculty14276
Instructional14276
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 year2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
Tuition and fees$33,314$34,580$36,320$37,1702.3%
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,445$11,624$12,210$12,8805.5%
Other$1,750$1,811$2,061$2,0610.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,866$11,624$12,210$10,330-15.4%
Other$1,750$1,811$2,061$2,0610.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$1,750$1,811$2,061$2,0610.0%
Total Expenses2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
On Campus$48,709$49,215$51,791$53,3112.9%
Off Campus$46,130$49,215$51,791$50,761-2.0%
Off Campus with Family$36,264$37,591$39,581$40,4312.1%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2018-2019
Tuition$24,530
Fees$460
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018
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 aid1588100%————
Grant or scholarship aid58199%$15,335,597$26,395
Federal grants17730%$792,618$4,478
Pell grants17430%$763,068$4,385
Other federal grants173%$29,550$1,738
State/local government grant or scholarships14925%$525,659$3,528
Institutional grants or scholarships58199%$14,017,320$24,126
Student loan aid41571%$3,662,109$8,824
Federal student loans41370%$2,285,943$5,535
Other student loans9516%$1,376,166$14,486
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,419$60,784,624$25,128
Pell grants712$3,100,914$4,355
Federal student loans1,648$10,974,842$6,659
  • 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.
2015-20162016-20172017-2018
Average net price$21,648$19,726$23,841
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2015-20162016-20172017-2018
$0 – $30,000$16,835$13,807$19,023
$30,001 – $48,000$16,078$14,469$20,148
$48,001 – $75,000$19,797$16,364$23,147
$75,001 – $110,000$22,916$20,368$27,024
$110,001 and more$25,083$23,444$27,848
  • 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 2018
Total enrollment2,685
Undergraduate enrollment2,381
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment65
Graduate enrollment304
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 97%
Part-time: 3%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 42%
Female: 58%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 78%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 7%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 95%
25 and over: 5%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 45%
Out-of-state: 51%
Foreign countries: 4%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2017.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 60%
Part-time: 40%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 14%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 86%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 30%
Enrolled in some distance education: 70%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2018
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants3,0731,2691,804
Percent admitted60%56%62%
Percent admitted who enrolled35%38%33%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
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: 78%
Part-time students: 100%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Returned in Fall 2018
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, 90 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2018.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 69%
Transfer-out rate: 25%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
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:
[Began in Fall 2010]
4-year: 59%
6-year: 66%
8-year: 66%
[Began in Fall 2012]
4-year: 62%
6-year: 68%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2010 or Fall 2012
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: 62%
Female: 73%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 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: 60%
Asian: 50%
Black or African American: 48%
Hispanic/Latino: 50%
White: 72%
Two or more races: 79%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 54%
Non-resident alien: 82%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 1%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 66%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 27%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 60%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 29%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 1%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 69%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 25%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 29%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 14%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 29%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 5%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 53%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 10%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 35%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 31%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 72%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 17%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 7%
Received an Associate's degree: 7%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 47%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 7%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 11%
Received an Associate's degree: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 33%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 11%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 17%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 67%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2017-2018
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
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 Studies0---
Category total0---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry6---
Biology/Biological Sciences, General34---
Exercise Physiology60--
Category total460--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting20--0
Business Administration and Management, General15--0
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other11---
Business/Managerial Economics5---
Fashion Merchandising20--0
Finance, General16---
Hospitality Administration/Management, General31---
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General0---
International Business/Trade/Commerce1--0
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other7---
Marketing Research1---
Marketing, Other16---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General0---
Organizational Leadership-42-3
Category total14342-3
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric11---
Category total11---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General1--0
Information Technology Project Management7---
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design0---
Category total8--0
Education
Art Teacher Education1--0
Biology Teacher Education0--0
Business Teacher Education1--0
Chemistry Teacher Education0--0
Early Childhood Education and Teaching1--0
Education, Other0---
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs15---
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs0---
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism---0
Elementary Education and Teaching0--0
English/Language Arts Teacher Education0--0
Foreign Language Teacher Education0--0
French Language Teacher Education0---
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching0---
Mathematics Teacher Education0--0
Music Teacher Education2--0
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education0--0
Secondary Education and Teaching-18d--
Social Studies Teacher Education0--0
Spanish Language Teacher Education1---
Special Education and Teaching, General-24-0
Category total2142d-0
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General9---
Category total9---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General---1
French Language and Literature0---
Spanish Language and Literature0---
Category total0--1
Health Professions and Related Programs
Art Therapy/Therapist2---
Athletic Training/Trainer8---
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other---0
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General13---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management1---
Music Therapy/Therapist5---
Physician Assistant-24--
Public Health, General24---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse12---
Category total6524-0
History
History, General10---
Category total10---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-3-1
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies34---
Forensic Science and Technology10---
Category total443-1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies7---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies0---
Category total7---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General2---
Category total2---
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Intelligence, General6934-13d
Category total6934-13d
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Mathematics and Computer Science-14--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General2---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other18--0
Sustainability Studies2---
Category total2214-0
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science3---
Category total3---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy1---
Religion/Religious Studies1---
Category total2---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General3---
Geology/Earth Science, General5---
Physics, General0---
Category total8---
Psychology
Applied Behavior Analysis-0--
Psychology, General18---
Category total180--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work4---
Category total4---
Social Sciences
Anthropology7000
Archeology0---
Physical and Biological Anthropology-9-0
Political Science and Government, General12---
Sociology2---
Category total21900
Theology and Religious Vocations
Religious Education0---
Category total0---
Visual and Performing Arts
Dance, General14---
Fine and Studio Arts Management0---
Fine/Studio Arts, General1---
Graphic Design10---
Interior Design7---
Music Performance, General0---
Music, General6---
Category total38---
Grand total551168018
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2017-2018
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 44
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 13
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 1
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $20,630
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $9,581
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 100%
Part-time students: 50%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2017-2018 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II with footballMenWomen
Baseball48
Basketball1813
Field Hockey25
Football99
Golf89
Ice Hockey3225
Lacrosse4334
Rowing2125
Soccer4424
Softball22
Tennis106
Track and Field, X-Country1119
Volleyball16
Water Polo2116
Wrestling31
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Middle States Commission on Higher EducationAccredited since ((!)07/01/1931)06/01/2018
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in DieteticsAccredited (01/01/1977 - 06/30/2009)
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistantAccredited since (05/01/1996)12/20/2020
National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programsAccredited (01/01/2009 - 08/01/2014)
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programsAccredited (09/01/1996 - 08/01/2014)
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/140298.
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations014
Liquor law violations101220
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations011
Liquor law violations7620
  • enhanced enforcement
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape093
Fondling000
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary130
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape083
Fondling000
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary120
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 Year201620152014
Default rate8.7%9.8%9.9%
Number in default110139152
Number in repayment1,2601,4081,529
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)