Mercyhurst College: Narrative Description

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501 East 38th St.
Erie, PA 16546
Tel: (814)824-2000
Free: 800-825-1926
Admissions: (814)824-2576
Fax: (814)824-2071
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1926. Setting: 88-acre suburban campus with easy access to Buffalo. Endowment: $15.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4586 per student. Total enrollment: 4,035. Faculty: 237 (159 full-time, 78 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 2,747 applied, 78% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 82% from top half. 17 valedictorians. Full-time: 3,296 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 511 students, 72% women, 28% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 26 other countries, 38% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 3% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 16% 25 or older, 73% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: 4-3-3. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, 2 recommendations, interview. Required for some: recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 8/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $26,187 includes full-time tuition ($17,760), mandatory fees ($1353), and college room and board ($7074). College room only: $3576. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and location. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and location. Part-time tuition: $592 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and degree level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 44 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, chorus, Admission Ambassadors, Amnesty International, The Merciad. Major annual events: Christmas on Campus, Homecoming, Parents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, campus-wide camera system. 1,950 college housing spaces available; 1,837 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Hammermill Library with 179,680 books, 53,026 microform titles, 1,013 serials, 10,669 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1 million. 330 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Gannon University.

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