Associate Degree (2-Year) Program Admission Requirements

Applications for our 1- and 2-year associate degree and certificate programs can only be submitted online using the free Mercyhurst application ( 

What do I need to do to complete my application?

The basic components of a completed Mercyhurst North East application are:

  • A completed online application
  • Official high school transcripts (sent from the high school)
    •  If you are currently a senior, a transcript with grades through your junior year will suffice. If you end up attending MNE, we will need your official, final transcript before the start of the academic year.Use this High School Transcript Request Form for Applicants to insure it makes it to the right campus!
  • Official College Transcripts (if applicable)- If you've attended any college during your academic career, we must have official transcripts from each institution you've attended for both admission and financial aid reasons. If you are currently enrolled at a college, your latest transcript will suffice, but an updated "final" transcript from that institution is required before the MNE school year begins. Transfer credit evaluation will not occur without official college transcripts. Learn more about the Transfer Process to make sure you're getting the most out of your previous college experience.

Test Scores

Mercyhurst University recently adopted a “test optional” policy for admission into most academic programs. A good rule of thumb for MNE is that we still need SAT or ACT scores for health-related academic programs. While SAT or ACT scores may not be needed for acceptance, we may need you to take an on-campus COMPASS test for placement purposes. We use these scores, in conjunction with your high school and college course work, to help determine what level English and/or math class(es) in which to enroll you.

Honors Program

Any first-time college student who graduated from high school within the past two years and who maintained at least a 3.5 GPA or attained at least an 1100 on the SAT or at least 24 on the ACT is eligible to submit an honors program application (in addition to the basic MNE application). You will also need a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or coach.

For more information, please contact Claudia Matz, director of the Honors Program, at 814-725-6276 or


If you’ve attended any Mercyhurst campus before, new federal regulations require a thorough review of your previously attempted coursework at Mercyhurst, particularly as it pertains to your financial aid eligibility. Admissions will help you determine if you are indeed eligible to receive financial aid for a Mercyhurst certificate or associates degree program.

International Students

If you are an International student, there are additional requirements for acceptance, as well as to secure your final immigration documents.

Registered Nursing and Health Profession Programs (MLT, OTA, PTA, RT)

Our more selective programs (see above) require not only a competitive GPA and test score(s), but also previous course work equivalent to high school algebra, biology and chemistry. Don't have one or all of those courses? Call admissions today for options related to completing one or all of these pre-requisites.

Recently, our RN program began utilizing the TEAS test as an admission requirement. You will be contacted after your application is otherwise complete to schedule a TEAS test as your final step in the admissions process.

Finally, for RN and Health Profession programs, a physical, immunization shots and criminal background checks must be completed before beginning the clinical component(s) of your program. Once accepted, your program director will communicate with you the best time to complete those requirements (if done too early, they may expire before your clinical classes begin).

MNE’s Municipal Police Academy/ACT 120 Certification Program

In addition to basic admission requirements above, prospective cadets must complete a supplemental  Application for Police Academy and attend one of the mandatory information sessions (Dates to be determined); there will be a fee of roughly $50 due at this session to pay for some of the testing services required for admission into the academy. You must also successfully pass the Nelson Denny reading test and academy physical fitness test.
Ms. Christine Swartwood, 814-725-6121, can provide you with information on, and will collect all forms pertaining to, your physical, supplementary academy application, background check, & notary documents.

MNE’s OASIS Program 

In response to the demand for college-level programming for students with intellectual disabilities, MNE now offers the OASIS program, a one-year program that gives adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to earn a certificate as a culinary or baking assistant. OASIS stands for “Opportunities and Advancement for Students with Intellectual Disabilities for Self-Determination.” The unique, non-credit program gives students the opportunity to learn culinary skills as well as have the opportunity to connect with peers who have similar interests and experience. Learn more about the OASIS program and its admission requirements to see if it's the right fit for you!

I've been referred to MNE by the Erie campus. What do I need to do to enroll at MNE?

Once you've been referred to MNE by the Erie campus, your application will be forwarded to our admissions office. You’ll be contacted about your interest in attending, and we will make a decision based upon your transcript and any other information the Erie campus forwards to us.
Once you've been accepted, you may attend. Once you've completed at least 24 credits and earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, you will be permitted to transfer to the Erie campus. There are significant financial aid incentives to complete your associate degree at MNE before transferring to the Erie campus--up to $12,000 in scholarships!

Admission Decision Process

We’ll check to see that we have all of the necessary components for your application to be complete. If any information is missing or you haven’t completed the prerequisites necessary for our more selective programs, we’ll let you know what you still need to submit or complete. After a couple of weeks, if we have not received what’s missing from your file, we will again attempt to contact you. It’s a good idea to contact us a couple of weeks after requesting transcripts from your high school or college to make sure we have received them.

Once your file is complete, the admissions counselor assigned to your intended academic program evaluates your high school and college grades and curriculum, as well as test scores and any other supplemental information (essays, recommendation letters, etc.)

The counselor makes one of four decisions on each complete application:

  1. Accepted. You’re ready to begin your academic program.
  2. Conditionally accepted. You may start at Mercyhurst North East, but you may have to take developmental classes or take a placement test when you arrive. For some selective programs (like nursing, physical therapy assistant or respiratory therapist), you may need to successfully complete a year in liberal arts.
  3. Hold. We put off an admission decision until we receive more information.
  4. Rejected. We don’t feel you’re prepared to enter your program of choice. After improving your skills through study or further education, you may reapply for admission for a later term.

Whatever the decision, you’ll receive a letter notifying you what action we’ve taken, and what options are available to you.

The North East Campus offers rolling admissions for most programs; once your application is complete, you should receive a decision relatively quickly.
Spring term decisions are made as quickly as possible once an application and all required components are received.

I've been accepted, now what?

Once you've been accepted, you will need to submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit ($100 for commuters, $200 if you’ll be living on campus) to the Office of Admissions. Most students wish to have an idea of their anticipated costs for the coming year before making a decision. At no time will we force you to confirm until you have an idea of your estimated costs after financial aid. Financial aid awards are typically sent out beginning in March, assuming your FAFSA form has been completed.

Once you've “confirmed” with your deposit, beginning in late May, you will receive a "New Student Confirmation Packet" and invited to a "New Student Orientation"- a one day orientation conducted to get you acclimated to MNE, and take care of any outstanding academic or financial aid issues (ie. scheduling, IDs, loan entrance counseling).