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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:  Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  2,790 (2,370 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  15 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 2020Full timePart time
Total faculty12784
Instructional12784
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 year2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
Tuition and fees$36,320$38,070$41,350$41,3500.0%
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,210$12,880$13,260$14,96812.9%
Other$2,061$2,061$2,061$2,0610.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$12,210$10,330$10,330$10,4501.2%
Other$2,061$2,061$2,061$2,0610.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$2,061$2,061$2,061$2,0610.0%
Total Expenses2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
On Campus$51,791$54,211$57,871$59,5793.0%
Off Campus$51,791$51,661$54,941$55,0610.2%
Off Campus with Family$39,581$41,331$44,611$44,6110.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2020-2021
Tuition$16,065
Fees$500
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2019-2020
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 aid1585100%————
Grant or scholarship aid585100%$17,512,881$29,937
Federal grants17830%$1,287,655$7,234
Pell grants16929%$729,589$4,317
Other federal grants6912%$558,066$8,088
State/local government grant or scholarships13924%$540,976$3,892
Institutional grants or scholarships55194%$15,684,250$28,465
Student loan aid45077%$4,720,864$10,491
Federal student loans44877%$2,419,906$5,402
Other student loans14124%$2,300,958$16,319
  • 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 aid12,332$68,524,940$29,385
Pell grants645$2,877,435$4,461
Federal student loans1,668$10,924,599$6,550
  • 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.
2017-20182018-20192019-2020
Average net price$23,841$23,605$26,942
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2017-20182018-20192019-2020
$0 – $30,000$19,023$19,415$23,922
$30,001 – $48,000$20,148$20,744$23,656
$48,001 – $75,000$23,147$22,439$24,488
$75,001 – $110,000$27,024$24,720$26,357
$110,001 and more$27,848$26,965$30,991
  • 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 2020
Total enrollment2,790
Undergraduate enrollment2,370
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment65
Graduate enrollment420
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 97%
Part-time: 3%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 41%
Female: 59%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 81%
Two or more races: 1%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%
Non-resident alien: 4%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 95%
25 and over: 5%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 50%
Out-of-state: 47%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 1%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2019.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 69%
Part-time: 31%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 26%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 74%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 55%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 45%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2020
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants3,4571,4911,966
Percent admitted88%85%91%
Percent admitted who enrolled22%23%21%
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: 80%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2019 and Returned in Fall 2020
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 2020.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 71%
Transfer-out rate: 22%
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 2012]
4-year: 62%
6-year: 68%
8-year: 68%
[Began in Fall 2014]
4-year: 63%
6-year: 70%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2012 or Fall 2014
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: 65%
Female: 73%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 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: 57%
Asian: 82%
Black or African American: 51%
Hispanic/Latino: 50%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 72%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 38%
Non-resident alien: 78%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 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 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 1%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 68%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 25%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 1%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 58%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 28%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 1%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 72%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 1%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 68%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 16%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 64%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 21%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 2%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 69%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 14%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 100%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 100%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 100%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2019-2020
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
Biochemistry3---
Biology/Biological Sciences, General34---
Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology80--
Category total450--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting7--0
Business Administration and Management, General11--0
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other18---
Business/Managerial Economics1---
Fashion Merchandising24--0
Finance, General19---
Hospitality Administration/Management, General26---
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General4---
Insurance1---
International Business/Trade/Commerce2--0
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other15---
Marketing Research0---
Marketing, Other28---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General0---
Organizational Leadership-21d-3d
Category total15621d-3d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other0---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric18---
Category total18---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General1--0
Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance40-3
Information Technology Project Management1---
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design0---
Category total60-3
Education
Art Teacher Education3--0
Biology Teacher Education0--0
Business and Innovation/Entrepreneurship Teacher Education0--0
Chemistry Teacher Education0--0
Early Childhood Education and Teaching2--0
Education, Other1---
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs15---
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism-11-0
Elementary Education and Teaching0--0
English/Language Arts Teacher Education1--0
Foreign Language Teacher Education0--0
French Language Teacher Education0---
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching0---
Music Teacher Education4--0
Secondary Education and Teaching-12--
Social Studies Teacher Education0--0
Spanish Language Teacher Education0---
Special Education and Teaching, General-17-1
Category total2640-1
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General12---
Category total12---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General---0
French Language and Literature0---
Spanish Language and Literature2---
Category total2--0
Health Professions and Related Programs
Art Therapy/Therapist5---
Athletic Training/Trainer8---
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other---0
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General16---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management5---
Music Therapy/Therapist0---
Physician Assistant-27--
Public Health, General16---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse22---
Category total7227-0
History
History, General10---
Category total10---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-7d-0
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies25---
Forensic Science and Technology8---
Category total337d-0
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies0---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies8---
Category total8---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General1---
Category total1---
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Intelligence, General7725-6
Category total7725-6
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Mathematics and Computer Science112--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General0---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other22--0
Sustainability Studies4---
Category total2712-0
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science5---
Category total5---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy0---
Religion/Religious Studies1---
Category total1---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General1---
Geology/Earth Science, General4---
Physics, General1---
Category total6---
Psychology
Applied Behavior Analysis-0--
Psychology, General25---
Category total250--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work7---
Category total7---
Social Sciences
Anthropology, General5000
Archeology4---
Physical and Biological Anthropology-8-1
Political Science and Government, General13---
Sociology, General3---
Category total25801
Visual and Performing Arts
Dance, General17---
Fine/Studio Arts, General1---
Graphic Design11---
Interior Design4---
Music Performance, General0---
Music, General3---
Category total36---
Grand total598140014
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, 2019-2020
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 32
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 15
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 1
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
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: $23,517
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $13,119
  • (*) 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
2019-2020 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II with footballMenWomen
Baseball54
Basketball1818
Bowling6
Field Hockey23
Football104
Golf810
Ice Hockey2725
Lacrosse5038
Rowing2319
Soccer4538
Softball21
Tennis108
Track and Field, X-Country1115
Volleyball18
Water Polo1817
Wrestling36
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Middle States Commission on Higher EducationAccredited (07/01/1931 - 01/03/2020)
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)
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate programAccredited (02/01/2016 - 06/30/2021)
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 League for Nursing, Commission for Nurse Education Accreditation
Nursing - Associate degreePreaccredited since (06/10/2021)06/30/2024
Nursing - Master’s degreePreaccredited since (06/10/2021)06/30/2024
Nursing - Practical\VocationalPreaccredited since (06/10/2021)06/30/2024
  • 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.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape354
d. Fondling000
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary044
j. Motor vehicle theft010
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence001
b. Dating violence044
c. Stalking201
Arrests201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations401
c. Liquor law violations20146
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations374283
c. Liquor law violations125108177
On-Campus Student Housing Facilities
  • On-campus Student Housing Facilities statistics are a subset of On-Campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape354
d. Fondling000
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary014
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence001
b. Dating violence043
c. Stalking000
Arrests201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations101
c. Liquor law violations2075
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations374282
c. Liquor law violations125108174
  • 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.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201820172016
Default rate6.4%9.8%8.7%
Number in default75115110
Number in repayment1,1641,1691,260
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)