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the day. Carpe Diem. That’s been our motto since we got started in 1926. Officially, it’s Latin for “Seize the Day.” But to us, it means so much more. Carpe Diem means that Mercyhurst students never stop exploring, from within our gates to around the globe. Here, you’ll have the freedom to discover not only what you want to do – but who you are and who you can become. College is about getting hands-on opportunities in the field you love. Growing with the guidance of professors who truly care about your success. And – of course – having adventures with new friends you meet along the way. So when you’ve turned your tassel and it’s time to head out into the real world, you will be ready – just like thousands of Mercyhurst graduates before you. But don’t take our word for it. Pass through these gates and discover Mercyhurst for yourself.


your path. There’s a reason they call it


Majors: • • • • • • •

Accounting Anthropology/Archaeology Applied Forensic Sciences Art Education Art Therapy Arts Management Athletic Training

Because when you choose a major,


of telling the world that you’ve found YOUR PURPOSE, YOUR CALLING —and now you’re ready

to make it happen. With more than 50 majors and a variety of minors and concentrations, Mercyhurst gives you more than 100 areas of study from which to design your own individual path.

• • • •

Biochemistry Biology Business Business/Computer/Information Technology Certification (K-12) • Business Competitive Intelligence • Business Economics • Business Marketing

* Students interested in secondary education pick a major in their area of interest (English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Biology/Chemistry/ Earth Science/Space Science/General Science) and complete four years of undergraduate study. Then, they move on to the master’s program in secondary education pedagogy and practice and earn their teaching certification in just one year.

• • • •

Chemistry Communication Computer Systems Criminal Justice

• Dance • Early Childhood Education • Early Childhood Education/ Special Education • English • Exercise Science

• Religious Studies • Russian Studies

• History • Hospitality Management • Human Resource Management

• • • • • • • •

Fashion Merchandising Finance French French Education

• Geology • Graphic Design

• • • • • • • • •

Secondary Education 4+1 * Social Work Sociology Spanish Spanish Education Sport Business Management Sports Medicine Studio Art Sustainability

Integrated Marketing Intelligence Studies Interior Design International Business Pre-Professional Programs:

• Liberal Studies • • • • • • • •

Management Mathematics Middle Childhood Education Multimedia Technology Music Music Education Music Performance Music Therapy

• • • •

Philosophy Political Science Psychology Public Health

• • • • • • • • • • • • •

Pre-Architecture Pre-Chiropractic Pre-Dentistry Pre-Law Pre-Medical Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre-Optometry Pre-Osteopathy Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physician Assistant Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Podiatry Pre-Veterinary


the facts.

HISTORY ACADEMICS 14:1 Founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy as a women’s college, Mercyhurst started admitting men in 1969. In 2012, Mercyhurst College became Mercyhurst University.


All classes are taught by faculty – not graduate or teaching assistants.

Private, four-year, Catholic, liberal arts institution. (We also have a one- and two-year campus just outside of Erie in North East, Pa.)

Achieved “top tier” placement in Regional Universities, North Region, in U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”

More than 100 areas of study through majors, minors, pre-professional programs and concentrations Our Signature Programs: • Intelligence Studies • Archaeology/Anthropology • Applied Forensic Sciences • Hospitality Management • Public Health • Fashion Merchandising



Mercyhurst students come from more than

Awesome photo by: David Scofield, Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village.

learn with

the experts. As a student, you’ll have access to more than 280 faculty members eager to share years of invaluable training and field experience—and in many cases work side-by-side with you on exciting research projects. Not only do we employ some of the nation’s brightest academic minds, Mercyhurst professors are approachable and dependable. Even as freshmen, students land unique opportunities to collaborate with notable faculty who are both your biggest advocates and personal mentors who guide you on your path to knowledge, growth and success.

GO BEYOND BOOKS. There’s only so much you can learn from textbooks and lectures. It’s our belief that a truly dynamic education comes from a combination of traditional classroom learning and “getting your hands dirty.” How would you like to go on an archaeological dig with an internationally acclaimed anthropologist? Or conduct public opinion polling through the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics? Maybe you’d like to work on in-depth intelligence analysis for actual companies through the Center for Intelligence Research Analysis and Training (CIRAT). At Mercyhurst the sky’s the limit. No really, it is—we even have an on-campus observatory where you can get an up-close and personal view of the heavens.

When storms damaged a national landmark archaeological site that changed history, a group of Mercyhurst students got an experience that changed their lives. Students in our world-renowned archaeology program spent more than two weeks this summer working to re-excavate a portion of Meadowcroft Rockshelter, on record as the earliest well-dated archaeological site in North America, after it was damaged by heavy rains. Discovered 40 years ago by James Adovasio, Ph.D., director of the Mercyhurst University Archaeological Institute, the Meadowcroft site provides evidence of the continent’s earliest inhabitants, dating back 16,000 years. This disproved previously held beliefs that the continent was inhabited just 12,000 years earlier. Meadowcroft is regarded as one of the most carefully excavated sites in North America, and Adovasio and his students used many of those same excavation protocols during this operation while also introducing new state-of-the-art data collecting and archaeological recovery techniques. So when we say our students learn by getting their hands dirty, we mean it.


to work. While the knowledge you receive in the classroom is key, hands-on, real-world training you get in the field can be invaluable. That’s why most of our programs require students to earn career experience outside of the classroom. Our career services staff helps students connect with internship opportunities nationwide. These experiences not only give you a chance to put what you’ve learned to work for an actual company or organization and build your résumé, but can often lead to job offers upon graduation.


You’ll also get the opportunity to put your knowledge to work through your senior capstone project, which is equivalent to work that entrylevel professionals are actually doing. These capstone courses are built into the curriculum for every major, so no matter what field you choose you’ll receive job-related learning opportunities before you graduate.


Mercyhurst hosts an annual career fair where students can talk to professionals about jobs and internships from more than 100 local and regional businesses. This is the perfect opportunity to get your résumé in the hands of potential employers and make a great first impression.


to know: REBECCA W. ‘14

Chemistry Major, Physics Minor

After receiving both an athletic and academic scholarship from Mercyhurst, Rebecca couldn’t pass up the offer. Running was one of her biggest passions, and she loved the idea of being able to run competitively at the college level as a member of the Lakers cross country team. Little did she know that another passion—science—would help her land a highly competitive internship during her last summer before graduation.

Rebecca jumped into freshman year as a chemistry major in the honors program, and began conducting experiments side-byside with Professor Clint Jones, Ph.D. Quickly recognizing Rebecca’s natural abilities and ambition, Jones recommended her for an internship at Momentive, a global leader in the manufacture of plastic materials.

Rebecca’s 10-week gig at Texas-based Momentive was an opportunity of a lifetime. Not only did she gain valuable field experience, but she was granted a generous salary and a stipend.

Through the hands-on, JOB-RELATED EXPERIENCE

that she received both in the lab and in the field, REBECCA NOW HAS A HEAD START

on a very promising future.


the results. Your time, money, and hard work are valuable. And so is a Mercyhurst education. Despite the competitive job market, our students excel at finding jobs or getting into graduate programs. Proof, you ask? Many of our degree programs report a 100 percent job or graduate school placement,* including the following programs: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Accounting Anthropology Archaeology Art Education Biochemistry Biology Chemistry Computer Systems Education English Fashion Merchandising Geology

• • • • • • • • • • • •

Graphic Design Hospitality Management Intelligence Studies International Business Interior Design Mathematics Music Philosophy Political Science Psychology Religious Studies Sports Medicine

In recent years when jobs were hard to find, 95 percent of our graduates secured jobs or were enrolled in graduate school within one year. The national average is about 75 percent, according to the National Association for College and Employers. Our pre-professional graduates also saw a high rate of success, with 85 percent accepted into health professional programs.

*According to a Mercyhurst University 2012 placement survey.

See what our grads are up to!

Eric Hollenbeck ’05 Los Angeles movie producer whose film was featured at Sundance

Alyssa Alger ’10 Dancer/choreographer


the ranks. We have more than 18,000 alumni working in every state across the country, as well as in 40 countries around the world. When you turn your tassel as a Mercyhurst graduate, you’ll join a network of very accomplished alumni that includes Fortune 500 CEO’s, executives, teachers, lawyers, musicians, police officers, FBI agents, CIA analysts, dancers, artists and more.

Meghan Agosta-Marciano ‘11 Won two Olympic Gold Medals as a member of Canada’s women’s hockey team

Kevin Tidgewell, Ph.D. ‘03 Heading up ground-breaking pain research at Duquesne University using marine organisms

Erika Ballman De Salvatore ’00 Buyer on NBC’s Fashion Star

David Lough ‘13 Plays in the major leagues for the Kansas City Royals

Liz Lindsay ’07 World champion martial artist


to know: JEFF M. ‘13

Major: Intelligence Studies Hometown: Southgate, Mich.

ADAM B. ‘13

Major: Political Science Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

JAKE S. ‘13

Major: Exercise Science Hometown: Madison, Wis.

See the rowers in action!



became the first group ever to

set a world record in Erie, Pa. Rowing teammates Jeff and Jake joined forces with their buddy Adam from the Student Activities Council to organize the Mercyless EnduROWthon, a 24-hour marathon of nonstop indoor rowing. These guys pulled it off while excelling in their coursework, pushing through an intense practice schedule and making the most of their senior year. With hundreds of students cheering them on and an official judge from the Guinness Book of World Records at the scene, 10 men from the lightweight men’s small team shattered the existing record on the indoor rowing machine. The EnduROWthon raised more than $5,300 for local charities.





These hungry guys agree: After a long day of hitting the gym AND hitting the books, nothing tastes better than egg, cheese and bacon French toast at The Laker Inn.


MIRACLE ON 38TH STREET, THE CAMPUS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION RUN BY STUDENT VOLUNTEERS. Mercyhurst welcomes hundreds of local children to the Student Union for crafts, cookies, story time and more. “During the holidays, everyone is so warm and welcoming here. And when we get that first snowfall, Mercyhurst looks like Hogwarts. The campus is beautiful.”

Fun fact:

Jake and Jeff heard that the dance department needed more guys in the pas de deux ballet partner dancing class, so they thought, “Why not?” They did it all, from warm-ups at the barre to performing lifts. Jake liked it so much that he went on to dance in “Raw Edges,” the annual student choreography showcase.


Mercyhurst offers 24 varsity sports, all of which are competitive in either NCAA Division i or Division II.

NCAA Division I • Men’s Ice Hockey • Women’s Ice Hockey

NCAA Division II (Men’s) • Baseball • Basketball • Cross Country • Football • Golf • Lacrosse • Rowing* • Soccer • Tennis • Water Polo • Wrestling

NCAA Division II (Women’s) Basketball • Cross Country • Field Hockey • Golf • Lacrosse • Rowing • Soccer • Softball • Tennis • Volleyball • Water Polo •

*Varsity Independent Sport

play National Success • NCAA finalist: Men’s lacrosse

• 4 NCAA Final Four appearances: Men’s lacrosse; women’s ice hockey; men’s soccer; women’s rowing

• 13 NCAA tournament appearances • 12 teams nationally-ranked at some point during the season – men’s water polo ranked in top 20 for first time ever


CHAMPIONSHIPS• • • • • • •


women’s hockey men’s lacrosse men’s water polo men’s soccer wrestling

baseball football wrestling women’s hockey men’s lacrosse men’s water polo men’s soccer

Academic Awards & Honors

• 260 PSAC Scholar-Athletes (highest number in the conference; second in percentage)

• 356 Mercyhurst Scholar-Athletes (64 percent of all student-athletes)

• 2 Elite 89 Award Winners 3 PSAC Champion Scholar-Athletes

• 3 PSAC Top Ten Winners • 7 PSAC Top Team GPA Awards • Highest overall PSAC grade point average among all PSAC student-athletes

Men’s Lacrosse second-straight undefeated regular season (only two among all sports in school history)

Awards and Honors 2 NATIONAL












with pride. Laker Pride:


Athletics play a major role

in the life and spirit


In fact, 25 percent of our students compete in a sport. Our teams compete at a high level, so that means there’s always a big game (or maybe even a championship!) to get excited about – even if you’re not on the team. From Olympians and major league baseball players to weekend warriors and little league coaches – those who got their start in Mercyhurst athletics develop a lifelong love of the game and a commitment to balancing mind, body and spirit.


us out.




What’s cookin’? Our campus chefs fix something for everyone, from a pizza bar and world cuisine to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free fare.

Fun Fact: Every Thursday is Low Impact Day at Egan, with an 80% plant-based menu and fresh, locally sourced ingredients!


BOOKSTORE COFFEE BAR This is a popular study spot with Starbucks coffee, smoothies, sweets and snacks.


In a rush? Grab a sandwich or coffee after class at Café Diem, conveniently located in the Center for Academic Engagement.


MU’s very own food truck makes its rounds on Friday and Saturday nights to serve up fare like nachos, sandwiches and wraps.

Here you have four options for quick meals or snacks: • Sequoia Grill • The Laker Inn • E. Street Deli • Cantina de Laker


We know there’s a lot to do here – but don’t forget to call your parents once in a while, OK? In the meantime: Head to the fitness center for a free spinning, kickboxing, Pilates or yoga class. Play pool with new friends at the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union. Rent DVD’s for free at the library. Dive in to celebrate our beloved campus traditions like Homecoming/’Hurst Fest; the Miracle on 38th Street Christmas celebration; and the party students wait for all year long: Spring Fest, our annual concert in Garvey Park. (Last year’s headliner was mashup DJ’s Super Mash Bros. and The White Panda.)


Mercyhurst has three freshman residence halls: • Baldwin Hall (women) • McAuley Hall (men) • Warde Hall (co-ed) All freshman residence halls have a lounge on each floor with flat-screen TVs, plus free laundry. Warde Hall, our newest freshman digs, has a second-floor gym and a convenience store in the lobby. It’s fully stocked with fun stuff (late-night snacks) and not-so-fun – but still important! – stuff (dish soap). Upperclassmen live in on-campus apartments or townhouses with three, four, five or six roommates.


it count.

College is all about selecting a major, getting good grades and securing that highly sought after degree so that you can score a really good 9 to 5 job, right? Well, sort of. But more than that, college is an experience. And it’s one that you might only get once in a lifetime—so make the most of it! Not only do you get a quality education with excellent job placement potential at Mercyhurst University, you also learn life-long lessons and skills through more than 80 recognized student clubs and organizations (RSCOs), all while making new friends and having the time of your life. In fact, 99 percent of students are involved in a club or organization, which says a lot about the vibrant campus life at the Hurst!

Get a feel for life at the Hurst

Academic ADPRO (Advertising Club) Anthropology Club Art Therapy Club Beta Beta Beta (National Biological Honor Society & Department Club) Business & Accounting Club Chemistry Club Criminal Justice Club Economics & Finance Club Fashion Merchandising Club History Club Interior Design Club International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts Mercyhurst Chapter of the National Broadcasting Society (Alpha Epsilon Rho) Mercyhurst University Forensic Science Club Mercyhurst Competitive Intelligence Club Mercyhurst Dance Club Mercyhurst Geology Club Mercyhurst Honors Council Mercyhurst Pre-Law Pre-Health Society Psychology Club Public Relations Student Society of America Sport Business and Management Club Sports Medicine Student Association Arts & Humanities NAEA Art Education Student Chapter Liturgical Dance Ensemble Mercyhurst Photography Club Music Educators National Conference Social Work Club Theatre Appreciation Club UNICEF - MC Communications Merciad (Student Newspaper) Communication Board Cultural/Diversity Asian Culture Club Queer Straight Alliance Mercyhurst International Student Association Multicultural Programming Board Environmental Public Health Club Honor Societies Alpha Phi Sigma Chi Alpha Sigma Iota Tau Alpha Kappa Delta Pi Nu Delta Alpha Phi Alpha Theta Phi Eta Sigma Psi Chi Recreational Dance Club Equestrian Club Figure Skating Club P.U.C.K. (Pick Up Hockey Club) Mercyhurst Martial Arts Strength, Conditioning & Fitness Club Mercyhurst University Snowboard Crew Mercyhurst Fencing Club Mercyhurst Ultimate Frisbee Outdoor Adventure Club Soccer Club Ski Club Service & Leadership All I want for Christmas is this Club Ambassador Club Amnesty International Circle K Colleges Against Cancer Council for Exceptional Children Habitat for Humanity Mercyhurst Empowerment Among Women Mercyhurst Mentors Mercyhurst Student Government Pathfinders Club Rotaract Sigma Alpha Pi (Leadership Certification Program) Student Activities Council TOMS Mercyhurst Campus Club Special Interest Active Minds at Mercyhurst College Democrats Mercyhurst Book Club Mercyhurst Veterans Association Mercyhurst Yoga Club National Security Club Prometheus Club Science Fiction & Fantasy Guild Student Alumni Association Student Athletics Advisory Board Video Game Club

getto know: MARISSA Z. ‘13

Major: Social Work Hometown: Erie, Pa.



campus shoe drive last December.


‘HURST TRADITION: Spring Fest, the annual party in Garvey Park with free food, games, music and more for students. The annual concert has drawn nationally recognized performers like Sean Kingston, Plain White T’s, The White Panda and Super Mash Bros.


Human Needs and Global Problem Solving, Crisis Intervention Drugs, Crime & Criminal Justice Aging: Issues and Controversies, Diversity in Society


STUDY SPOT: Hammermill Library 3R

Let Marissa tell you in her own words.






The idea came from her internship with the Coalition Pathways Lead and Seed program, a youth-led initiative to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among young people. Marissa organized all the shoes in an attention-grabbing display to help raise awareness about the consequences of drug abuse.


is a chicken and cheese quesadilla with tortilla

chips and salsa.

¡Muy sabrosa!

*Fun fact:

Thanks to Mercyhurst’s dance appreciation elective, Marissa could still take hip-hop classes like she did in elementary and high school. It’s open to students in all majors!


your purpose. Want to get the most out of your college experience? Give back. At Mercyhurst, we believe service and justice opportunities are really important parts of a student’s time here. Why? Not just because it feels good to do good – but because it’s a fundamental part of our Mercy Mission that drives everything we do. It’s why all freshmen participate in Freshman Day of Service during Welcome Week. It’s why we send volunteer groups all over the world for alternative spring break trips. It’s why we offer dozens of opportunities to experience something deeper, whatever your faith tradition may be. Whether you want to go on a retreat; lend your talents as a music minister; or give a voice to the voiceless through volunteering or activism – you’ll find a community that challenges you and changes you at Mercyhurst.

OUR CORE VALUES We are: Socially merciful Globally responsible Compassionately hospitable Intellectually creative Reflectively aware Ambassadors of service.


an impact. Green isn’t just our university color. It’s a way of life here on the Hill. For more than a decade, Mercyhurst has been leading the way in promoting sustainable education and transformation in the Erie region. The Sustainability Committee and the Student Green Team have teamed up to complete several projects, such as:

• • • •

Placing multiple recycling bins around campus Integrating earth tub composters to reduce food waste Planting large- and small-scale edible gardens in Erie and North East Offsetting campus electricity by supporting wind energy power

DIG IN. At our farm in North East, student volunteers get their hands dirty tending to fruits and vegetables, while our hospitality and culinary students incorporate the fresh produce into culinary cuisine. Our small-scale Erie garden invites visitors to help themselves to the seasonal harvests.

GIVE BACK. Every senior class chooses to leave behind a legacy. Many of these gifts have been green, including Zurn Hall’s green roof that purifies rain water, an outdoor classroom that cuts back on electricity, and future plans for an on-site green house.

WASTE LESS. With conveniently located bins, our Mercyhurst Family recycles 17,549 pounds each week. That’s more than 900,000 pounds every year! And, with the addition of new Evive water stations around campus, students won’t need to rely on disposable plastic bottles as much.

GET EDUCATED. Students can major or minor in sustainability studies, or they can choose to concentrate in biological ecosystems, chemistry/environmental science or environmental policies. As the interest in protecting the planet continues to grow, opportunities for “green” jobs will be unlimited in the future.


your view. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS U.S.News & World Report ranks Mercyhurst University 12th (northern region) for enrolling the most international students each year. Currently, 7 percent of our student body comes from one of 44 countries, some of which include Ireland, Australia, Jamaica, Sweden, Ghana, Paraguay and Vietnam. For more information regarding financial aid, scholarships or requirements to attend Mercyhurst University as an international student, visit

STUDY ABROAD At Mercyhurst the world is your classroom. You can choose to spend a semester at sea, study abroad or join a faculty-led expedition or service trip outside of the U.S. Students who enroll in study abroad experiences continue earning credits toward their degree. Past trips have taken students to Japan, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, The Caribbean, France and England.

THE DUNGARVAN CENTER After a long-standing relationship with a sister school in Dungarvan, Ireland, Mercyhurst opened a dedicated international center in 2010. This was the first time students and faculty spent an entire term studying, earning credits toward their degrees, and becoming immersed in the history and culture of Ireland. Dungarvan is also the site of several annual international forums and conferences on intelligence studies.


to know:


International Student from Honduras Graphic Design Major, Photography Minor Deciding to study in a foreign country isn’t always easy, but for Rudy, a native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, coming to the U.S. to earn his bachelor’s degree was a no-brainer. As a self-proclaimed “big fish in a small pond,” this adventure seeker was looking for a place where he could pursue his passion for the arts and photography. Following in his big sister’s footsteps, Rudy decided that Mercyhurst University was his perfect fit. It didn’t hurt that he received a generous scholarship.

Many aspects of Rudy’s culture have been somewhat “Americanized” — he thinks his adjustment to college life was similar to what most freshmen experience. That included living on his own for the first time, discovering new (and might he add, delicious) cuisine, and learning to navigate a new city.

Mercyhurst’s welcoming atmosphere and friendly and openminded students made it easy for Rudy to make friends. He even hiked through the Appalachian Mountains with a group of new friends that he otherwise would have never met.


unleashing his creativity and artistic abilities. He thrived in his art history and design courses,


as a photographer through


Because of Rudy’s experiences at Mercyhurst, he will graduate with real world training, an impressive portfolio, and friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

get a value. By now, it should be clear what makes a degree from Mercyhurst University so valuable. We make it our mission to not only give you a solid return on your investment by arming you with the tools needed to land that job or get into grad school, but we also strive to make that degree accessible and affordable. More than 95 percent of our incoming freshmen receive financial aid, with the average assistance package totaling $17,000 a year. We offer scholarships based on academic merit, financial need, and athletic and artistic performance. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure where to start; Every student is assigned an admissions counselor for the duration of the application process to help you map out a financial plan.


March 1: Preferred deadline to apply for admission Within 3-4 weeks: Your application is reviewed January 1: You can now file your FAFSA (visit; school code: 003297) Mid-March: Your personalized financial aid package is mailed May 1: National Candidate Reply Date; students should confirm acceptance on or before this date.

Watch our grads on their big day!


with us.



the area. ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA Erie provides the culture and opportunity of a big city with small-town personality and safety. There is plenty to do here – bike, kayak or relax on the beautiful beaches in Presque Isle State Park; visit the Erie Zoo; take in a show at the Erie Playhouse or Warner Theater; shop the latest trends at Millcreek Mall; or cheer on the local minor league teams. Students enjoy all of these activities just a few minutes away from campus. No need to dig for change for gas money or bus fare – just show your Mercyhurst ID and you can get on board any Erie city bus for free. There’s even a campus shuttle that can take you straight to downtown!

501 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16546

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