UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Consistent with our mission and values, Mercyhurst University takes a holistic approach when reviewing applicants and making admissions decisions. We evaluate applicants in terms of their academic abilities and potential, leadership and extracurricular involvement, and the potential contributions they might make as members of our campus community. We strongly recommend that applicants meet with their admissions counselor, either through a campus visit, a high school visit or a conversation by phone.

Mercyhurst University does not charge an application fee.

    COVID-19 Update: Greater Flexibility When Applying

    The evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic poses a host of challenges to our communities and our families. At Mercyhurst, we recognize the unprecedented difficulties of this moment and the need for flexibility in our application procedures. As high schools across the country close or transition to remote learning, and standardized testing sites are directed to close, you might have difficulty completing certain application requirements. To facilitate your Mercyhurst application, and help you along in the admissions process, we are implementing a few adjustments in our procedures:

    • You can now complete your high school transcript requirement by taking a photo or image of your high school grades on your school’s online grading platform or student information system, and uploading it using our Transcript Upload tool.
    • Although students previously could choose test-optional consideration, in light of the cancellation of upcoming test dates, we are waiving the standardized test (ACT/SAT) component on all undergraduate applications.
    • The letter of recommendation component of the application is also waived. 

    In addition, although National College Decision Day—the date by which most seniors formally make their college choice—has historically been May 1, Mercyhurst is joining many other colleges and universities in moving Decision Day to June 1. If you need additional time to make your decision, we will be happy to accommodate you. 

    Application MaterialMercyhurst ApplicationCommon Application
    Biographical, academic, and extracurricular informationREQUIREDREQUIRED
    Self-reported high school transcriptREQUIRED
    Official high school transcript
    REQUIRED
    Letter of recommendationMAY BE REQUIREDREQUIRED
    Self-reported SAT or ACT scoresOPTIONAL
    Official SAT or ACT scores
    OPTIONAL
    Personal statement or writing sampleREQUIREDREQUIRED

    Applicants to our dance or music programs require an audition.  Learn more about dance auditions and music auditions.

    International students from non-English speaking countries must complete the TOEFL or IELTS and submit copies of their official scores.

    SAT or ACT scores are optional, though applicants are invited to submit them if they believe they would consitute a positive component of the application portfolio.  

    While letters of recommendation are not required, we prefer recommendations from someone who knows the applicant well and has interacted with the student on a regular and ongoing basis, including a close teacher, coach, or work supervisor.  

    Test-Optional Admissions

    We do not require the SAT or ACT for admissions, though students who believe that their SAT or ACT scores represent a positive component of their admissions portfolio are invited to submit their official test scores. To send your scores directly to Mercyhurst University, use SAT Code 2410 or ACT Code 3629.  

    Students who are required to submit SAT or ACT scores include student-athletes and homeschooled students. In addition, students seeking admission to colleges or universities with whom Mercyhurst University has affiliation agreements may also be required to submit their scores to the affiliated institutions.

    Should you choose for Mercyhurst University not to consider SAT or ACT scores, please complete a Request for Test Optional Consideration. For more information about our test-optional admissions policy, please consult answers to frequently asked questions.

    Holistic Review

    Mercyhurst University evaluates applicants in terms of their academic abilities, leadership and extracurricular involvement, and the potential contributions they might make as members of our campus community. Generally, students who are performing better than average within their high school are considered for admission. The median SAT score for last year’s accepted students was 1050.

    In addition to considering your academic and personal credentials, we also consider your application in the context of your life circumstances by considering the availability of resources in your high school and the strength of its curriculum, your unique family and economic circumstances. We do this to ensure applicants are not unfairly penalized if they did not have sufficient access to college-application resources and services.

    Generally, we look for students who took a college preparatory curriculum in high school:

    • 4 units of English
    • 5 units of social studies
    • 3 units of mathematics
    • 2 units of science (with corresponding labs)
    • 2 units of foreign language

    Supplemental Review

    Some applicants are chosen for supplemental review. In some cases, your admissions counselor believes that his or her admissions and financial aid decisions would be better informed with additional information. In other cases, we randomly select students for supplemental review as part of our assessment and continuous improvement practices. If you are selected for supplemental review, there is no need to worry; it is not a reflection of your admissibility. Supplemental review applicants are generally admitted at the same rate as traditional applications.  

    If you’re selected for supplemental review, your admissions counselor may request: 1) an on-campus or phone interview to learn more about you, 2) completion of a supplemental questionnaire, or 3) a graded writing assignment you completed as part of your high school curriculum (the paper must be analytical/critical in nature and demonstrate your ability to integrate and communicate complex ideas; your arguments must be well-supported).

    Advanced Placement (AP) Credit Policy

    Earned from high school prior to entering Mercyhurst, for course equivalency to be awarded, students must earn a score of 4 or above on the AP exam. Official scores from the College Board can be sent to the Office of Admissions prior to enrolling, or to the Registrar's Office if a student is already enrolled.