Mercyhurst University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$40,530
1.96% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$24,935
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.36%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
80.6%
3,625 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
2,801
88.4% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
67.5%
487 Graduates

About

Mercyhurst University is a higher education institution located in Erie County, PA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Mercyhurst University were General Intelligence (86 degrees awarded), Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (35 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (33 degrees).

In 2022, 939 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Mercyhurst University. 62% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (774 degrees), 16.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (46 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Mercyhurst University is $40,530, which is $16,534 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Mercyhurst University is $40,530, which is $16,534 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $24,935.

In 2022, 95% of undergraduate students attending Mercyhurst University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 71% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$40,530
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Mercyhurst University was $40,530. The cost of tuition at Mercyhurst University is $16,534 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$24,935
2022 Value
3.3%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Mercyhurst University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $24,935. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Mercyhurst University grew by 3.3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,142
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Mercyhurst University was of $12,142 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 2.42% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

95%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
71%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

95% of undergraduate students at Mercyhurst University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 4.04% with respect to 2021, when 99% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.36%
2019 Default Rate
36
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Mercyhurst University was 3.36%, which represents 36 out of the 1072 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Mercyhurst University received 3,625 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 6.88% annual growth. Out of those 3,625 applicants, 2,920 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 80.6% acceptance rate.

There were 2,801 students enrolled at Mercyhurst University in 2022.

Mercyhurst University has an overall enrollment yield of 18.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

80.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
2,920
Accepted Out of 3,625

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Mercyhurst University was 80.6% (2,920 admissions from 3,625 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 82.4%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 6.88%, while admissions declined by −8.95%..

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Enrollment

Mercyhurst University had a total enrollment of 2,801 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Mercyhurst University is 2,477 students and the part-time enrollment is 324. This means that 88.4% of students enrolled at Mercyhurst University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Mercyhurst University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 74.4% White, 4.82% Black or African American, 4.53% Hispanic or Latino, 0.964% Asian, 0.5% Two or More Races, 0.357% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0357% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Mercyhurst University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.9%), followed by White Male (30.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.89%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (49.1%), followed by White Male (25%) and Black or African American Male (2.19%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

88.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Mercyhurst University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,801 students. The full-time enrollment at Mercyhurst University is 2,477 and the part-time enrollment is 324. This means that 88.4% of students enrolled at Mercyhurst University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

80%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Mercyhurst University was 80%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Mercyhurst University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,083 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    135 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    127 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Mercyhurst University is 74.4% White, 4.82% Black or African American, 4.53% Hispanic or Latino, 0.964% Asian, 0.5% Two or More Races, 0.357% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0357% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 268 students (9.57%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 225 more women than men received degrees from Mercyhurst University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Mercyhurst University is white (774 degrees awarded). There were 16.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (46 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Mercyhurst University is General Intelligence (86 degrees awarded), followed by Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (35 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (33 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Mercyhurst University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Applied Sciences (125 degrees awarded), Protective Services (106 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (35 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mercyhurst University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,674,691 people), Secondary school teachers (537,326 people), Physicians (437,988 people), Education administrators (299,269 people), and Other managers (281,662 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercyhurst University in 2022 are Applied Sciences (125 degrees awarded), Protective Services (106 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (35 degrees), History (9 degrees), and Education (92 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mercyhurst University are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Physicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Photographic process workers & processing machine operators

The most specialized majors at Mercyhurst University are Applied Sciences (125 degrees awarded), Protective Services (106 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (35 degrees), History (9 degrees), and Education (92 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mercyhurst University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,006,698 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (647,420 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (560,104 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (417,283 people), and Offices of physicians (240,563 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercyhurst University are Applied Sciences (125 degrees awarded), Protective Services (106 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (35 degrees), History (9 degrees), and Education (92 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Mercyhurst University.
Most Common (2021)
  1. 65 degrees awarded
  2. 33 degrees awarded
  3. 25 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Mercyhurst University was General Intelligence with 65 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

357
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
582
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 357 degrees were awarded to men at Mercyhurst University, which is 0.613 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (582).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 65 degrees were awarded to men at Mercyhurst University in General Intelligence, which is 1.08 times more than the 60 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 75 degrees were awarded to men at Mercyhurst University in Registered Nursing, which is 12.5 times more than the 6 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

63%
100% Completion Time
70%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 63% of students graduating from Mercyhurst University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 70% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 70% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Mercyhurst University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 5.13% of graduates (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    774 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    46 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    37 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Mercyhurst University is white (774 degrees awarded). There were 16.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (46 degrees).

1.92% of degree recipients (18 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    489 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    285 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    28 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Mercyhurst University is white female (489 degrees awarded). There were 1.72 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (285 degrees).

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Operations

Mercyhurst University has an endowment valued at nearly $34.6M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−10.8%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Mercyhurst University had a total salary expenditure of 96.4M. Mercyhurst University employs 70 Assistant professors, 29 Associate professors and 25 Professors. Most academics at Mercyhurst University are Female Assistant professor (41), Male Assistant professor (29), and Male Professor (20).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercyhurst University are: Management, with 75 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 68 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 29 employees.

Endowment

$34.6M
2022 Endowment
10.2%
decline from 2021

Mercyhurst University has an endowment valued at about $34.6M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Mercyhurst University declined 10.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $12M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $23.1M - Federal
  2. $3.26M - State
  3. $247k - Local

As of 2022, Mercyhurst University received $23.1M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.26M from state grants and contracts, and $247k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$28.9M
2022 Salaries
2.21%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Mercyhurst University paid a median of $28.9M in salaries, which represents 29.9% of their overall expenditure ($96.4M) and a 2.21% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$9.73M
Instructional Salaries
145
Number of Employees

In 2022, Mercyhurst University paid a total of $9.73M to 145 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
70 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
75 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Mercyhurst University were Assistant professor with 70 employees, Associate professor with 29 employees, and Professor with 25 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercyhurst University were Management with 75 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 68 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 29 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Mercyhurst University was Female Assistant professor with 41 employees, Male Assistant professor with 29 employees, and Male Professor with 20 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Mercyhurst University.

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