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Mercyhurst University

Quick Stats
Acceptance Rate
Admissions Selectivity
Admissions Yield
Gender Distribution
Average Salary after Graduating
Average Salary a Few Years after Graduating
Tuition + Fees
Student Median Household Income
Undergrad Focus
Undergrad Retention Rate
Undergrad Size
Graduation Rate
Category
Overview
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Acceptance Rate

69.9%

Acceptance Rate by Gender

Percent of Applicants

Tuition & Fees

$36,320

Average Salary in 10 Years

$44,200
Note: 10 years after enrolling at Mercyhurst University

Mercyhurst University is located in Erie, Pennsylvania. It is a small private not-for-profit school and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. It has 2,452 undergraduate students enrolled and admission is somewhat selective with an acceptance rate of 69.9%.

Popular majors include Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Health Professions and Related Programs, Military Technologies and Applied Sciences, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, and Visual and Performing Arts. 68% of students graduate and go on to earn an average starting salary of $34,300.

About
🗺 501 E. 38th Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16546
🌐 www.mercyhurst.edu
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Admissions
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Mercyhurst University has around 3,673 applicants.

Of the students admitted, 23% decide to enroll at Mercyhurst University. This is the admissions yield. A higher admisssions yield means students want to attend the school. A lower one means that they decided to attend another school.

Out of the 3,673 applicants 43% are men and 57% are women. This means that for every 100 male applicants, there are 133 women, or for every 100 female applicants, there are 75 men.

Mercyhurst University's acceptance rate is 69.9%. The acceptance rate for men is 65.2% and the acceptance rate for women is 73.4%.

Applicants
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Who applies to Mercyhurst University?

Number of Applicants

3,673

Number of Applicants per Spot

6
per spot

Male Applicants

43%

Female Applicants

57%
Acceptance Rate
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Getting into Mercyhurst University

Mercyhurst University Acceptance Rate

69.9%

Getting in

Selective

Male Acceptance Rate

65.2%

Female Acceptance Rate

73.4%
School Popularity
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Do Students Want to Go to Mercyhurst University?

Mercyhurst University Admissions Yield

23%
of accepted students choose to go to Mercyhurst University

Male Admissions Yield

23%

Female Admissions Yield

23%
Application
Admission Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Neither required nor recommended
High School Record Required
Complete High School Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required
College Requirements
Graduation Rate
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Graduation Rate

68%
within 6 years

Men Graduation Rate

68%

Women Graduation Rate

68%

Undergrad Graduation Rate

Percent of Students
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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Can you afford to attend Mercyhurst University?

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$21,847
for one year
Source: Dept. of Education

Published Tuition & Fees

$36,320
Excludes housing Source: Dept. of Education

Out-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing

$48,530
per year

In-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing

$48,530
per year
How much debt will you graduate with?

Median Student Debt

$26,850
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

How much will you pay each month?

$285
Median debt expressed in 10-year monthly payments Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the median monthly payment a graduate of Mercyhurst University would expect to pay over 10 years.

Will you be able to pay off your debt?

1%
of students are able to pay down debt 3 years after graduation
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

The 3-year repayment rate is the percentage of students who are able to repay some of their student debt.

Why does this matter? A high rate means that students are making enough money so that they can pay down their student debt. A low rate means that students are having trouble paying down their loans.

Mercyhurst University Financial Aid

Students Receiving Financial Aid

99%
of students
Source: Dept. of Education

Students Receiving a Federal Student Loan

66%
of students
Source: Dept. of Education

To learn more and apply for financial aid at Mercyhurst University you can visit www.mercyhurst.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admissions/costs-financial-aid/applying-financial-aid.

Mercyhurst University Tuition and Room & Board

Out-of-State Tuition

Total Cost: $48,530
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

In-State Tuition

Total Cost: $48,530
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Career & Salary
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How much money will you make after graduating from Mercyhurst University?

Mercyhurst University students, on average, make $44,200 10-years after they start school (this is approximately 6 years after graduation).

Their salary grows by around 7% in the several years after graduation.

Average Earnings of Students from Mercyhurst University

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Data is for the number of years after you start at Mercyhurst University. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

How much will your income increase each year?

6.5%
in early to mid-career Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Based on average salary 6 years and 10 years after starting school at Mercyhurst University.

Median Earnings of Students from Mercyhurst University

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, U.S. Dept of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Mercyhurst University.

Male Students: Average Earnings from Mercyhurst University

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Mercyhurst University.

Female Students: Average Earnings from Mercyhurst University

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Mercyhurst University.

Range of Salary Outcomes 10 Years After Starting at Mercyhurst University

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School) by Percentile
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Mercyhurst University.
Return on Education
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What's the return on the cost of your education?

Is it worth your money to attend Mercyhurst University? There are many ways to estimate the financial return on your education.

We use the 10-year average earnings (the 10 years start when you enroll, so if you attend a 4-year college, this would be approximately 6 years after you graduate) and the all in one year cost of attending the school. The all in cost is the sum of tuition, fees, and on-campus housing.

By comparing the two, you can get a sense if what the average graduate in early to mid career makes at least covers your cost of attending one year of school.

A higher number is better.

10-Year Average Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School

0.9x
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at Mercyhurst University. Salary is for the number of years after you start at Mercyhurst University. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

10-Year Median Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School

0.8x
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at Mercyhurst University. Salary is for the number of years after you start at Mercyhurst University. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

Tuition vs. Earnings

Annual Costs and Earnings
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Housing costs are for on-campus housing.
Teaching
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Student-Faculty Ratio

14
students per faculty

Average Professional Salary

$85,571
for full-time professors
Salary Group: Medium-Low
Graduate School
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Can you go to grad school at Mercyhurst University?

Yes
Highest degree: Doctor's degree
Students
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Undergraduate Focus

89%

Undergrads

2,452

Total Students

2,759
undergrads and grad students

Part-Time Students

3%

Students over 25

7%

Student Median Household Income

$58,805
per year
(compared to U.S. median household income of $61,372 in 2017) Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education, U.S. Census Bureau
Student Diversity
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Who will be your classmates?

Women

58%
of undergraduates

Men

42%
of undergraduates

Are there more men or more women?

Slightly More Women

Mercyhurst University has slightly more female students than male students.

This means that for every 100 women, there are 72 men. Or that for every 100 men, there are 138 women.

International Students

9%
of undergraduates

Undergraduate Student Diversity at Mercyhurst University

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

Student Age

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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What do students at Mercyhurst University study?

Mercyhurst University Popular Majors

Percent of Students
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

The most popular majors at Mercyhurst University are:

  1. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  2. Health Professions and Related Programs
  3. Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
  4. Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
  5. Visual and Performing Arts
Approximately 60% of students choose to study one of these majors.
Student Satisfaction
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Will you be happy at Mercyhurst University?

Undergrad Full-Time Student Retention Rate

82%

Undergrad Part-Time Student Retention Rate

100%

Students Who Transfer Out of Mercyhurst University

11%

Student retention rate is an indicator of student satisfaction. Retention rate is the percentage of students who continue to study at the college the following year.

Higher retention rates mean students tend to stay at the college, while lower retention rates students are unsatisfied and leave.

Mercyhurst University has a retention rate of 82% for full-time undergrads, which is high.

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Undergraduate Transfers

77
3% of undergraduates

Transfer In Rate

Low

Mercyhurst University has around 77 students who transfer into the school each year. This is fairly low at approximately 3% of total undergraduates.

Higher transfer in rates mean that students see Mercyhurst University as better than the college they were previously enrolled in. Higher rates also mean that there will be more new faces on campus.

Living in Erie, Pennsylvania
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City Violent Crime Rate per 100,000

312
in 2017
Source: FBI

City Rape Rate per 100,000

33
in 2017
Source: FBI
Politics in Pennsylvania
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Presidential Election Results of 2016

Republican

Politically, Pennsylvania tends to be About even. In the 2016 Presidential election, 48% of the state voted for the Democratic party, 48% voted for the Republican party, and 2% voted for neither.