Welcome to Mercyhurst University!

For nearly a century, Mercyhurst has been home to writers, scientists, performers, researchers and leaders like you, individuals ready to channel passion and curiosity into something greater. On our safe residential campus in Erie, Pennsylvania, you’ll discover programs that fit your interests and seize opportunities for life-changing experiences. At Mercyhurst, we celebrate experience inside and outside the classroom, challenging you to write more, practice harder, dig deeper and see the world from an unconventional perspective. Living and learning at Mercyhurst is your time to grow, to discover something new, to ignite your passion and share them with the world. It’s your time to seize the day.

Check out our special information sheets for students from the People’s Republic of China!

Academics at Mercyhurst

Mercyhurst University educates approximately 3,400 students in more than 60 undergraduate majors and 12 master’s degree programs. Many of our programs are recognized for their excellence and distinctiveness, as well as the skills and achievements of our graduates.

As a student, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art labs and facilities, along with dedicated faculty eager to share years of invaluable training and field experience. You’ll discover opportunities to engage your field of study through dynamic learning experiences that challenge you to reach higher.

All students pursue a challenging, flexible academic curriculum of multidisciplinary coursework designed to prepare them to thrive in careers or graduate school, while also providing the knowledge, skills and attitudes to live more rewarding lives.

Campus Life

Located in a quiet neighborhood in Erie, Pennsylvania, on a hill overlooking Lake Erie, our campus is known as one of the most beautiful in the region. Throughout our gated 127-acre campus, you will find elements of English Gothic architecture as well as state-of-the-art learning spaces.

Our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of all our students. Heading off to university can be a difficult adjustment at first, especially for international students. But no matter what difficulties you encounter, we have the people and services in place on our campus to help you through.

On-campus student residence halls help support students in the transition to university life while promoting academic and social growth. And there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in student life, thanks to our numerous campus traditions, events, student clubs and organizations—including clubs exclusively for our international students.

Chinese students entering Mercyhurst in 1948

International Admissions

Our Office of International Admissions is ready to assist you throughout the application process and answer any questions you might have.

Virtual Visits and Events

Although current public health challenges prevent us from hosting you for an in-person campus visit, you can still explore Mercyhurst and discover the Laker Life without leaving home! Our Virtual Campus Tour provides prospective students and families the opportunity to experience campus from the safety and comfort of their home. Our virtual campus visits and events give you the chance to experience the history, academic culture, hospitality, and spirit of community that animate life at Mercyhurst.