Mercyhurst makes ‘Top Ten’ of best design and visual communication programs

Friday, October 25, 2019

graphic designMercyhurst University has been named to the Top Ten colleges and universities in Pennsylvania offering the best design and visual communication programs, according to a news release issued today by Zippia, a leading online career guidance resource. 

“This is an unexpected endorsement of the skills and knowledge we try so hard to instill in our students,” said Jodi Staniunas Hopper, chair of Art & Graphic Design at Mercyhurst. “I believe we received this honor because of our alumni who hold jobs in design. They take what we teach and do great things with it.”

Following is the Top Ten list for 2019:

  1. Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
  2. Lehigh University
  3. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
  4. Susquehanna University
  5. Drexel University
  6. Temple University
  7. Robert Morris University
  8. York College of Pennsylvania
  9. Cabrini University
  10. Mercyhurst University

“When it comes to identifying the best design and visual communication schools we wanted to approach the ranking like a design and visual communication major would, by looking at data on how schools perform and comparing them to one another,” according to the news release.

“So with that mind, we looked at the following data from the NCES (National Center For Education Statistics) and College Scorecard data from to understand which design and visual communication departments offer the best career opportunities:

  • Career Results
    • Mean Earnings after 6 Years
    • Mean Earnings after 10 Years
    • Ratio of People Working to Not Working after 10 Years
  • Design And Visual Communication Emphasis
    • Percentage of Graduating Class that are Design and Visual Communication Majors 
  • School Performance
    • Admissions Rate 
    • Graduation Rate
    • Average Cost of Attendance 
    • Median amount of debt.”

With this data, Zippia looked at the institutions of higher learning with design and visual communication majors in Pennsylvania, ranking each based on the criteria above. 

“This ranking speaks to the caliber and commitment of our faculty combined with the opportunities for our students to participate in real-world, practical experiences while pursuing a degree in art and graphic design at Mercyhurst University,” said Mercyhurst Provost Leanne Roberts.

Mercyhurst will host a Day in Art for prospective students on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. For more information or to register, click here.