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Mercyhurst University Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Mercyhurst University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you’ll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Mercyhurst University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Mercyhurst University was awarded 35 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general intelligence.

Overall Quality

Mercyhurst is ranked #1,165 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

Mercyhurst also holds the #74 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

See all of the rankings for Mercyhurst University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Mercyhurst?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Mercyhurst University is 88%, which is higher than many other schools to which you may be applying. But don't think getting into Mercyhurst is a sure thing. The admissions staff is still going to review your application to see if you are a good fit for the school.

Learn more about Mercyhurst University admissions.

Mercyhurst University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Mercyhurst University, this ratio is 15 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Mercyhurst University is 62%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  62 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Mercyhurst University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 80% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Mercyhurst University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Mercyhurst the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 62%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  62 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Mercyhurst University.

Mercyhurst University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,370 undergraduates at Mercyhurst with 2,296 being full-time and 74 being part-time.

How Much Does Mercyhurst University Cost?

The overall average net price of Mercyhurst is $23,886. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Mercyhurst

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$19,415 $20,744 $22,439 $24,720 $26,965

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Mercyhurst, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Mercyhurst, approximately 77% of students took out student loans averaging $10,491 a year. That adds up to $41,964 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mercyhurst is 9.8%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Mercyhurst Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Mercyhurst make about $40,300 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Mercyhurst University make the most money.

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Location of Mercyhurst University

Mercyhurst University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Erie, Pennsylvania. Erie is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for Mercyhurst are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 501 E 38Th St, Erie, PA 16546
Phone: 814-824-2000

Mercyhurst University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 58 majors graduated from Mercyhurst University. Of these students, 591 received undergraduate degrees and 140 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 77 $50,439
General Biology 34 $26,625
Marketing 28 $37,856
Hospitality Management 26 $37,568
Criminal Justice & Corrections 25 $32,391
General Psychology 25 $25,194
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 24 $35,420
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 22 NA
Nursing 22 $55,964
Finance & Financial Management 19 $50,105

Learn more about the majors offered at Mercyhurst University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Mercyhurst

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 842 students took at least one online class at Mercyhurst University. This is an increase from the 395 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 842 231
2018-2019 395 20
2017-2018 643 90
2016-2017 305 43
2015-2016 291 81

Learn more about online learning at Mercyhurst University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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