Mercyhurst University

Erie, PA 16546
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Mercyhurst University is one of the one hundred nine private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in Pennsylvania. The campus is located in an urban area, in Erie.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 2,759 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 589 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 483 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 82%). Every year 68% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Mercyhurst University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $34,050, and fees were $2,270. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $34,050 and $2,270 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students2,759
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate82%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 3 13
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 77.8%
  • NCLEX-RN: 79%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
07/01/1931 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
03/01/2001 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Considered but not required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,135/credit
In State Students$1,135/credit
Out of State Students$1,135/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$785/credit
In State Students$785/credit
Out of State Students$785/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $51,075 $51,075 $51,075
ADN 70 $79,450 $79,450 $79,450
BSN 125 $141,875 $141,875 $141,875
FNP 50 $39,250 $39,250 $39,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of Mercyhurst University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 29% $4,453
Other Federal Grant 2% $1,576
State Grant & Scholarships 23% $3,640
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 99% $26,071
Federal Student Loans 70% $5,776
Private Loans 15% $12,514


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$13,807
$30,001 to $48,000$14,469
$48,001 to $75,000$16,364
$75,001 to $110,000$20,368
Over $110,000$23,444

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Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.
Mercyhurst University
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546

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