It STARTS AT THE
“The skills obtained with such a liberal arts degree from Misericordia University are not only highly-
sought within the academic professions, but also
within business and government leadership positions, and afford the student the opportunity to excel over their peers within their chosen career pursuits.”
~ PATRICK GALLAGHER ’16 B.A. History, Philosophy minor
WHEN YOU PASS BENEATH OUR
you encounter a transformative, welcoming environment. You can see through the grand evergreen trees on campus that Misericorida is rooted in history and tradition, with a reputation for progress and academic excellence. As you get closer, you will experience the Mercy values which bind together the campus community. Once you step on campus, you will know that it is the right fit and feel like you belong. Misericordiaâ€™s liberal arts core curriculum integrates courses in the arts and humanities, mathematics, and the social and natural sciences to give you a strong foundation for your major. These courses build skills of critical thinking, effective communication, and creative problem-solving that are vital for success in all walks of life.
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Through faculty engagement and mentorship, the many service opportunities, the numerous athletic and student clubs and organizations, our in-demand academic programs, we deliver on our promise of providing an education that has the value and the values that you are looking for. Misericordia will open the door to your future by challenging you academically and creatively in an environment that cares about your happiness and success. We realize that what makes you unique is what makes us unique; so, we encourage you to find yourself and your home at Misericordia. You will be given the individualized attention as only a small, private institution can provide. Faculty go above and beyond to be present and accessible, and our comprehensive support system will ensure that you are always ready to take on the next challenge and meet your goals. At Misericordia, our focus is your future.
YOU LEARN FROM FACULTY
WHO ARE LEADERS IN THEIR
FIELDS, WHO CHALLENGE
YOU INTELLECTUALLY AND CREATIVELY, AND WHO DO EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO BRING OUT YOUR BEST.
“There were many times in class where my best learning experience was when a professor stopped class to help students who were stressed out figure out a problem academically and sometimes personally” ~ VICTORIA SCOFIELD ’16 B.S.W., Psychology minor Gerontology certificate “The psychology department is comprised of some of the most passionate and caring faculty that I have ever met; faculty who mean it when they say, ‘stop by my office; let me know how you're doing.’ This program allowed me to explore every facet of psychology and helped me to become a competitive applicant for graduate education.” ~ KELLY ROGAN '13 Psychology MS Clincal Psychology Townson Uninversity student
WRITE YOUR OWN
“I knew I wanted to
be a vet before I went to Misericordia, but I chose to attend here
At Misericordia, students are challenged to not only find their own voice, but to carve out their unique path to success. It is an environment conducive to self-expression as well as collaborative learning. As an advantage of attending a small institution, students are given opportunities to truly live out their dreams, gaining the experience that will carry them forward in life. In effect, they are proudly writing their own chapters of success.
because I knew it would help make my dream come true. Not only was personal attention and one-on-one interaction highlighted at Misericordia, but encouraged as well. My undergraduate education is much more than just a degree. The professors and staff members I have met along the way at Misericordia is why my dream is coming true. Their encouragement and confidence in me helped me believe that I was capable of coming this far.” “One life lesson that I learned is providing service. I tend to think of doing extravagant things, but really service can be something much simpler than that. I believe service can be as effortless as holding a door for someone.” ~ LYDIA WATKINS ‘15 B.S. Biology Chemistry and Mathematics minor Graduate school: The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
“One of the many amazing
aspects of Misericordia is that
students are able to form close
relationships with their professors, who truly want them to succeed. Throughout my undergraduate
education, I always knew that if I
needed anything at all, I could go to any of my professors and they
would be happy to help. My advisor, Dr. Fedor,
has gone above and beyond to make sure I had everything I needed to achieve my goal. The
personal attention, support, and opportunities that Misericordia offered played a vital role in my success as a student and acceptance to TCMC.”
“I’ve learned the importance of being an
active member of the community and helping
those in need. Over the past four years at MU, I’ve participated in many community service
events. Whether it was volunteering my time tutoring peers, raising funds for charities, or
brightening someone’s day at the local nursing home, being involved in the community has instilled within me the importance of
compassion, an open mind, positive attitude, and willingness to help others.”
~ GINA BAIAMONTE ‘16 B.S.: Biochemistry (Pre-Professional Specialization) Graduate school: The Commonwealth Medical College
TURNING HEADS According to The Princeton Review,* Misericordia University received significantly higher academic and quality-of-life ratings than numerous peer institutions received from their own students. Misericordia received high ratings in the following catagories: ■■
Quality of life
It’s not just The Princeton Review that is taking notice. Misericordia is turning heads in other national publications too. LIST OF OTHER ACCOLADES ■■
2017 U.S. News and World Report 2017 U.S. Washington Monthly; Best Bang for Your Buck 2017 MONEY Magazine’s Best Colleges list - the second highest ranked college or university in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties **
* The Princeton Review’s Best Regional Colleges, 2017. ©2016 TPR Education IP Holdings, LLC. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information about reprints from The Princeton Review visit PARS International Corp. at www.TPR-licensing.com. ** MONEY is a registered trademark of Time Inc. and is used under license. From MONEY Magazine, August 2016 ©2016 Time Inc. Used under license. MONEY and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, Licensee.
OUR NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES
THE YEAR THAT MISERICORDIA WAS FOUNDED BY THE SISTERS OF MERCY.
MU STUDENTSâ€™ YEARLY HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
OF STUDENTS RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID, BOTH MERIT AND NEED-BASED
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
NUMBER OF FULL-TIME FACULTY
OF MISERICORDIA SENIORS SAID THAT THEY WOULD CHOOSE MISERICORDIA AGAIN
OF FULL-TIME FACULTY MEMBERS HAVE THE PH.D. OR OTHER HIGHEST DEGREE IN THEIR FIELD
“A MISERICORDIA EDUCATION BRINGS
THE STUDENT INTO DIALOGUE WITH THE WORLD, A DIALOGUE ROOTED IN MERCY AND JUSTICE.” ~ JOSEPH J. CURRAN, PH.D. RELIGIOUS STUDIES PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT CHAIR
We offer degree programs through three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Health Sciences and Education
MAJORS College of Arts and Sciences: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Government, Law, and National Security, History, Mathematics, Medical and Health Humanities, Philosophy, Psychology College of Health Sciences and Education: Applied Behavioral Science, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Education, Health Science: Patient Navigation Specialization, Healthcare Informatics, Medical Imaging, Medical Science, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Work, Speech-Language Pathology College of Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Mass Communications and Design, Health Care Management, Information Technology, Professional Studies, Sport Management Misericordia offers a broad range of highquality academic options. You will choose from our selection of degree programs, and if youâ€™re not sure what to major in, our Choice Program will help you figure out where your strengths lie, so you can select a course of study that taps your potential to the fullest.
Four out of five Misericordia students participate in an internship, fieldwork, or a clinical experience before they graduate. Many students will do several. These opportunities give you hands-on experience in workplace settings, let you “try out” a career to find out what you like (or don’t like), and help you understand how what you learned in the classroom applies in the real world.
COLLABORATIVE LEARNING Internships and experiential learning are a big part of the Misericordia experience. We want you to get out of the classroom to learn from the world and develop the professional skills you need to be successful. Regardless of your major, research is a major component in your learning, giving you the practical knowledge and developing a diversified portfolio as preparation for your future career. Misericordia’s faculty take an active role in supporting and guiding students with their academic endeavors inside and outside the classroom. They genuinely care about their students’ futures and realize that your success is our success.
“The faculty and staff of the Misericordia Communications department provided me with a strong foundation as I went into my professional career. I did two internships as a Misericordia student, both under the supervision of Dr. Melissa Sgroi, and I received excellent feedback from my supervisors at both news stations.”
~ TARYN TALACKA ’15 B.A. Communications News producer at WPMT FOX43, York, PA
“We are offered incredible research
opportunities that give us experience to expand our knowledge outside of the
classroom, critically think independently
and with a team, be culturally immersed, and spread our findings with various professionals in the field.”
~ ABRIEL MCCANN ‘17 Speech-Language Pathology
OF MENTORSHIP “Misericordia has given me an education I can be proud of - one that has prepared me to face medical school with a strong sense of confidence and drive. Here I have had the opportunity to be part of a collaborative research project for the past three years, spend a semester dissecting a cadaver in the gross anatomy lab, and plan a conference that brings local healthcare providers together with prospective students. Earning my degree in biology has been both a challenging and defining journey. In the future, I will look back on my time here with the greatest appreciation for the professors and students who shaped me into the person I am today.” ~ RACHEL BOHN ’16 B.S. Biology, Chemistry minor Graduate School: The Commonwealth Medical College
Biology major Rachel Bohn has been working on the “Mutagenesis Approach to Disrupt PAK2: A Protein Involved in Breast Cancer’’ project since it began in September 2013 on campus and at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) in Scranton, Pa. One of two valedictorians for the Class of 2016, she has been engrossed in the exciting cancer research project with fellow undergraduate research scientists, as well as faculty mentors, Dr. DiPino and Jun Ling, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular biology at TCMC. Even though Bohn’s mother is an alumna, she did not seriously consider attending Misericordia because of its intimate size – until she made her first official visit. The Crestwood High School graduate mistakenly believed she needed to attend a “big’’ school in order to realize her dream of attending medical school.
“THE MOST REWARDING PART OF MY CAREER IS WORKING
WITH RESEARCH STUDENTS’. ~ FRANK DIPINO, PH.D. PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY
“I really loved it,’’ she says, recalling her first impression of Misericordia more than four years ago. “I felt at home here, and that’s really important to me. After I came here, I went to other schools and they did not compare. I didn’t know what I was looking for (when I was looking at colleges), but when I came here I saw it.’’ To watch a video about the value of mentorship at Misericordia University, visit bit.ly/mumentorship.
“Despite having taught at Misericordia for years, I am still impressed with how much my fellow faculty members are
dedicated to helping students learn, do well in their courses, and graduate ‘on time.’ The professors at Misericordia really create a nurturing learning environment.”
~ DAVID WRIGHT, PH.D. History and Government Professor and Department Chair
AND STUDY ABROAD
Service is an important part of the Misericordia experience. Our Catholic heritage and our founding by the Sisters of Mercy inspire us to work to make the world more just and more humane. Students work at soup
kitchens, clean the environment, build homes with Habitat for Humanity, mentor at –risk kids, and get involved in many other worthwhile ways, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
~ BECKA BISSET ’13 B.S. Business Administration ’16 Doctor of Physical Therapy
While attending Misericordia in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Misericordia Becka Bisset and six other Misericordia University Doctor of Physical Therapy students volunteered at a Stroke Camp in Jamaica under the supervision of Heather Fritz, P.T., D.P.T., assistant professor of physical therapy.
While on this service trip, working at the Friends of Ridge United’s Stroke Camp, students provided intensive physical therapy treatments for eight hours a day over five days to seven patients who were post-stroke and one client with cervical myelopathy. In a country where clinical services for people with handicaps are limited, many Jamaicans rely upon volunteers at nonprofit organizations for clinical services. “We gained a sense of humility (from the Jamaicans),’’ says Bisset, who also has volunteered in the past for Big Brothers Big Sisters and at regional soup kitchens. “Patients learned from us as therapists, but we learned just as much, if not more, from our patients’ stories, personalities and determination. You are able to apply your own skillset in a new environment; you bring a therapeutic purpose to patients, and you learn to bring your own sense of community to each therapy session. The focus is on the patient’s goals rather than the therapist’s goals for the patient.’’
Bisset along with her fellow students were able to utilize their skills for the betterment of the underserved. They share a combined sentiment of how each of them experienced a sense of community, camaraderie and appreciation from the patients they now call friend. “The most remarkable thing was the bond the students developed with each other and their patients,’’ Dr. Fritz says. “I am very proud of their willingness to learn, their ability to communicate, and their empathy and compassion. They had very little clinical experience before the trip and they all implemented the hands-on skills they needed to effectively treat patients with neurological conditions with confidence.’’ The Stroke Camp partners with physical therapy programs at Arcadia University, Glenside, Pa.; Duke University, Durham, N.C.; Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., and Misericordia University is one of only six colleges and universities in the country to provide services to the Stroke Camp in Jamaica.
“WE TRULY TRIED TO CONNECT WITH OUR PATIENTS AND TRIED TO LET THEIR PERSONALITIES FLOURISH. IT WAS MORE LIKE WORKING ON A PERSON AS A WHOLE, RATHER THAN JUST MUSCLES AND THE MECHANICS OF AN ACTIVITY.’’ EMILY BARNABLE ’13
B.S. BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, ‘16 DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
TIME FOR A STUDY BREAK? STOP BY ONE OF THE STUDY LOUNGES IN THE NEW MACDOWELL HALL DORM, RELAX AT THE FIRESIDE LOUNGE IN THE LOBBY OF THE MCHALE RESIDENCE HALL WHERE
Misericordia students are truly a special type of individual; they care about making a positive difference in the world while navigating the challenges of their academic programs and balancing their busy lives. Our students possess an integrity and strength of character that differentiates them from other students and sets them apart from their competition when seeking
STUDENTS GATHER TO PLAY POOL, PING-PONG AND FOOSBALL, OR HEAD TO THE COUGAR’S DEN, INSALACO HALL CONCOURSE, AND THE NEW STUDENT UNION IN THE BANKS CENTER WHERE YOU’LL FIND
FRIENDS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND GOOD FOOD.
professional employment. Service is very important to them and to our mission as an institution of higher learning. Giving back to the community, students eagerly get involved in service projects and initiatives that contribute to the betterment of their fellow human being. We encourage students to immerse themselves in other cultures to be enlightened within the classroom
of life. Through such experiences, they develop compassion for others and skills that cannot be replicated within the traditional classroom. They truly represent the Misericordia charisms of mercy, service, hospitality, and justice; and through our Study Abroad and Service Learning programs, they advance our mission throughout the world.
It may sound like a clichĂŠ, but I really do
The SLP program here is one of the best
Misericordia is going to make that possible.
a Speech Language and Hearing clinic
want to make a difference in people's lives.
and it is taught in a brand new facility with
They say you just know when you step onto a campus and it is the one for you. That's what
where people from the community can
come for treatment. It is particularly nice knowing I am on my way to a master's
happened when I came to Misericordia.
degree and as long as I keep up my GPA, I
Everyone held the door open for me, which
won't have to reapply or look for another
may seem like something trivial or small, but
school after my fourth year.
when you're new on campus, it means
everything. People were so friendly and I knew
If you like to help others, then this is the
home for the next five years.
commitment to inclusive excellence, I helped
immediately that Misericordia would be my
place to be. In support of Misericordia's
start a new service organization on campus,
I am enrolled in the five-year master's degree
program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP). When I complete my degree, I will be helping
"Students Spreading Disability Awareness," dedicated to raising awareness and money for those with disabilities. I am also the
clients with all different types of speech
treasurer of the National Student Speech
disorders. This is something I have wanted to
Hearing Association chapter and a volunteer
do for a very long time. I have a relative with
Cerebral Palsy and I grew up seeing how much
help the speech-language therapists provided.
You don't realize how important communication is until you can't do it with someone you love.
with the MU Colleges Against Cancer. As a Scholar in Service to Pennsylvania, I have participated in countless volunteer
opportunities such as playing cards and
bingo with the residents of a nearby nursing home and tutor local elementary students.
~GINA GRANT â€˜15 M.S. Speech-Language Pathology Hometown: National Park, N.J.
IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT
SUCCESS, HOW ABOUT A CHART TOPPER?
You have to admit, his story would make good lyrics for a song: A rookie songwriter moves to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue his dreams; after 10 years of hard work, he climbs to the top of the charts with a No. 1 hit country single, and meets the love of his life. Fiction? No, it is reality for Misericordia alumnus Matt Rogers ’04, whose song We Went, was recorded by country artist Randy Houser and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s U.S. Country Air Play charts in March. The song is the lead single for Houser’s fourth studio album, Fired Up, released by Stony Creek Records on March 11. For Rogers, who writes about 100 songs a year, hitting No. 1 in the country genre is a dream come true. According to Billboard, sales of the song in the U.S. have exceeded 300,000. Matt, whose father Barry Rogers, brother Eric Rogers ’08, nephew Joseph Rogers ’06, and Joseph’s wife, Kari Bratt Rogers
’06 all followed him through Misericordia, earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in 2004. Aiming for a career as a music journalist, he went on to Syracuse University for a master’s degree in journalism. While there, it was an internship with Country Music Today magazine that lead him to Nashville, and his first job as a reporter for HealthLeaders Magazine. A guitar and piano player as well as a singer, he also performed in the area hoping to find his break into the recording industry. Rogers is currently employed by ole, an international rights management company in Nashville. Rogers says his Misericordia University background provided him a solid foundation, which he relies upon everyday. “I have carried with me what I learned during so many writing intensive classes in English and Philosophy at Misericordia. In particular, I am very picky about grammar and tenses,” he says. “Not everybody, especially in the country world,
MATT ROGERS FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ROGERS’ RECENT SUCCESS,
is as concerned with grammar as I am – truthfully, I fear it is a dying art form. “I really can’t think of any job better than being a staff songwriter,” he says. “At ole, we have a great circle of about 12 writers and working with them is always very productive. I am extremely lucky to be able to make a career out of a hobby.”
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By all accounts, life is good for the Kingston, Pa., native. What might be the best part of Rogers’ story is that he met his fiancée, Shellien Kinsey, when they both worked for Better Angels, a company taken over by ole three years ago.
SUCCESS “I knew when I was looking at colleges that I wanted to go into occupational therapy. I had worked at a summer camp for disabled children, and it was so satisfying working with the kids and helping them meet their goals. “The OT program at Misericordia really prepared me well to start my own business. The faculty were good at fostering confidence. The classes were small and professors taught to each individual student. I learned to be confident and try things. It was a great atmosphere to develop as a professional. “I started the clinic in 2003. We do pediatric
helps kids process sensory input, develop coordination, or learn self control. To the naked eye, it looks like I’m getting paid to play with children. It’s satisfying seeing the smiles on kids’ faces or hearing them laughing in the
therapy for preschoolers with developmental delays to help them prepare for kindergarten We have a sensory integration gym with swings, rock walls, and other equipment that
gym. If they’re laughing, I know we’re meeting their goals.” ~ CAROLYN CATALANO M.S. in Occupational Therapy Owner, Milestones for Munchkins
WITH OVER 40 CLUBS, SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS, AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, AND 24 SPORTS FOR MEN AND WOMEN, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING HAPPENING ON CAMPUS AT MISERICORDIA. WE KNOW THAT THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE IS MUCH MORE THAN ATTENDING CLASS AND DOING HOMEWORK. IT IS A BLEND OF ACADEMICS AND ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL ALLOW YOU TO FORGE LASTING FRIENDSHIPS AND PURSUE YOUR INTERESTS OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM. AS A SMALL, PRIVATE INSTITUTION, MISERICORDIA GIVES YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAMPLE OUR MOSAIC OF DIVERSE ACTIVITIES OR TO CREATE YOUR OWN IF DESIRED. AS A MOTIVATED STUDENT, WHETHER YOU ARE IN THE CLASSROOM, ON THE FIELD, OR AROUND CAMPUS, YOU WILL NEVER BE LOST IN THE CROWD. EVERY VOICE IS HEARD JUST AS EVERY OPINION IS VALUED. COME SEE FOR YOURSELF WHY WE SAY “ALL ARE WELCOME” AND BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH IS POSSIBLE AT MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY. YOU WILL BE SURPRISED AT THE VALUE OF A MISERICORDIA EDUCATION WHICH RIVALS THE MOST EXPENSIVE INSTITUTIONS. INVEST IN YOURSELF AND IN YOUR FUTURE; YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO LET MISERICORDIA SET YOU ON THE RIGHT PATH.
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ALUMNA GIVES JUVENILE
VICTIMS A VOICE AND AN ADVOCATE AS A FORENSIC INTERVIEWER ~ SHANNON JOYCE '14 B.A. GOVERNMENT, LAW AND NATIONAL SECURITY
A big reason Misericordia grads are so successful in the workplace is all the workplace experience they get as students. In recent years they’ve had internships and clinical experiences with hospitals, advertising firms, newspapers, professional sports teams, multinational corporations, schools, research laboratories, securities traders, political campaigns, law firms, accounting firms, and many other organizations across a wide range of fields. Career Success. Guaranteed. A lot of colleges say they’ll prepare you for a good job when you graduate. At Misericordia, we guarantee it. With our Guaranteed Placement Program, if you don’t have a job in your field within six months of graduating, we’ll find you a paid internship to help you get your career on track. Among students who complete the program, the job placement rate is 100 percent. And even among those who don’t take part, our placement rate is impressive. Why such a strong record of career success? One reason is the kind of education you get, linking classroom study to real-world experiences through clinics, internships, and other opportunities. And then there is the wide range of programs we offer to prepare you for the workplace, like résumé workshops, mock interviews, job fairs, workshops on entrepreneurship, networking with
“There are so many opportunities to attend conferences, get published and get involved. I feel prepared to take on the challenges of the real world, ready to solve problems and make a difference because of who I’ve become thanks to the math program here at Misericordia.”
~ JOSHUA FORD ‘16 B.S. Accounting Mathematics and Philosophy minors
alumni, mentoring with business leaders, and the development of your Student Leadership Transcript which highlights accomplishments outside the classroom. If you want an education that will help you launch your career, then Misericordia is a great choice.
Biology major Hunter D. Pates '16 conducted research on the endangered coastal salt marshes, salt marsh islands and shorelines of Ocean and Cumberland counties in New Jersey in the summer.
IN BRIEF CHARACTER
Coeducational university offering an education in the Catholic tradition blending quality academics, professional preparation, and service leadership. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy of Dallas, Pennsylvania, in 1924.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education; Council on Social Work Education; Pennsylvania Department of Education; Commission on College Nursing Education; Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education; The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology; Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
ACADEMICS Thirty-four degree programs offered through three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Health Sciences and Education. Minors, concentrations, internships, clinical experiences, study abroad, and other experiences enrich the academic program.
STUDENTS Approximately 2,000 undergraduate men and women studying full-time from 11 states and 3 countries. About 1,000 students live on campus.
FACULTY 123 full-time faculty, 93 percent of whom have a Ph.D. or other highest degree in their field.
12:1 student-faculty ratio. The average class has 19 students. Many classes have 9 or fewer students.
Resident students live on campus in one of five coed residences, in an on-campus townhouse complex, or several university lower campus houses. Rooms have full access to the Internet and the campus intranet. Wireless â€œhot spotsâ€? exist nearly everywhere around campus. The residence halls offer single, double, and suite-style living arrangements, and include group lounges, kitchens, and laundry facilities. Newly remodeled townhouse apartments accommodate six students, and have three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
STUDENT LIFE More than forty clubs and organizations focusing on the arts, community service, academics, student government, outdoor recreation, and other areas of interest. misericordia.edu/studentactivities
The Cougars compete in the Middle Atlantic Conference and the Freedom Conference. We field 25 NCAA Division III teams for men and women (see list on page 37), and offer exceptional facilities for sports and recreation, including the new $4.1 million John and Mary Metz Field House and Tambur Baseball Field. Cougar teams are perennial contenders for postseason competition, and each year Cougar athletes are well-represented on All-Conference teams. Learn more about Cougar sports on our website at athletics.misericordia.edu
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We are not shy about saying that we would not be as successful nor have the reputation for
excellence as we do without the successes of
our graduates. Misericordia students came to
us already embodying an intrinsic potential for greatness, were inspired and refined by our
instructors to become leaders, and have gone on to accomplish great things. With each new graduate, we grow as an institution, realizing
that your success adds value to our education. You are showing the world that Misericordia
students are exceptional, changing the world for the better.
“Being a part of the sport management
program at Misericordia prepared me for my
future given the endless opportunities to grow
as a professional in sport, while also personally as well.
Another key factor to the program is the
opportunity to network and to ‘get your foot
in the door.’ There are multiple opportunities
to attend professional development seminars, round tables and gain internship experience
with professional sports teams and collegiate athletics programs”
~ RON GUIDO ‘13 B.S. Sport Management Facility and Event Manager athletics department, NYU
ATHLETICS Misericordia competes in NCAA Division III in 25 sports for men and women. MU is a member of the Middle Atlantic Corporationâ€™s Freedom Conference.
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My favorite thing about Misericordia is that I didn’t have to make any difficult decisions - I
ON-AND-OFF THE FIELD
didn’t have to sacrifice my grades in order to participate in athletics nor did I have to
choose between field hockey and track and
field, my two favorite sports. I was also able
Being a student athlete at Misericordia University means having the opportunity to enjoy your favorite activities while also having the support that you need to focus on your academics. At Misericordia, academics comes first. Coaches work around class schedules, and study halls are required so that you can develop the good study habits to balance your life and accomplish your work.
to pursue theatre, something that I was
always passionate about and never had the chance to participate in before college. I
even picked up a second major when I found out that I actually enjoyed accounting.
Without the support of the Misericordia
community, I never would have been able to
reach my full potential as both a student and an athlete.
~ MELANIE FRY ’16 Business Admininstration ’19 Doctor of Physical Therapy
As a student athlete, I have learned what my responsibilities
are and how to effectively manage them. Working hard on the field and in the classroom is extremely beneficial and leads to a feeling of fulfillment.
~ HALEY GRUBER â€™18 Business Administration â€™21 Doctor of Physical Therapy
ADMISSIONS Misericordia welcomes applications from motivated students looking for the opportunity to learn and grow in our closeknit, challenging learning community. There are no admissions deadlines for most majors; applications are received and reviewed on a rolling basis, and students will be admitted until the entering class is full. We base admissions decisions on an applicantâ€™s academic and extracurricular record and his or her scores on either the SAT or ACT examination.
TUITION, FEES, AND OTHER COSTS For the current tuition and fees, visit misericordia.edu/tuition.
FINANCIAL AID Misericordia offers a generous program of need-based and merit-based financial aid, making it possible for families at all income levels to meet the cost of an Misericordia education. Ninety-nine percent of students receive some form of financial aid.
MAJORS ACCOUNTING APPLIED BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE BIOCHEMISTRY BIOLOGY* BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CHEMISTRY* CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE COMPUTER SCIENCE DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY EDUCATION:
ENGLISH* GOVERNMENT, LAW AND NATIONAL
HEALTH SCIENCE: PATIENT NAVIGATION HISTORY* INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MASS COMMUNICATIONS AND DESIGN MATHEMATICS* MEDICAL AND HEALTH HUMANITIES MEDICAL IMAGING NURSING PHILOSOPHY PHYSICAL THERAPY PROFESSIONAL STUDIES PSYCHOLOGY SOCIAL WORK
HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT
* Also available as Secondary Education
ARTS AND SCIENCES Biochemistry Contemporary advances in scientific understanding routinely emerge from this interdisciplinary field, which explores the complexities of living organisms at a molecular level. The major in bio-chemistry offers excellent preparation for graduate study or for careers in the pharmaceutical, biomedical, and biotechnology industries. Biology Gain a strong background in various areas of the biological sciences, including botany, microbiology, genetics, anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, and zoology, among others. The major provides a solid foundation for a wide range of careers in science, as well as for professional studies in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and other fields. Chemistry Knowledge of chemistry is fundamental to success in many fields of science. Class instruction, laboratory work, and opportunities to conduct research build a strong foundation for graduate work, professional study in medicine and related fields, and careers in science. Clinical Laboratory Science is a degree that culminates in a yearlong clinical experience that leads to a career as a clinical laboratory technician. The program is firmly grounded in study of biology and chemistry, and
during their final year students gain handson experience in a hospital laboratory. Major affiliate hospitals include Lancaster General Hospital, Robert Packer Hospital, and Williamsport Hospital. Computer Science The curriculum follows recommendations of the Association of Computing Machinery to offer a career focused learning experience with a firm foundation in the liberal arts. Students work with the latest computer resources as they prepare for careers in programming, systems analysis, and other computerrelated fields. English majors choose one of two tracksâ€” the Literature Track or the Professional Writing Track. This flexible major is a springboard to careers in teaching, writing, journalism, law, and any other profession that values strong communication skills. Government, Law and National Security, GLNS, is designed to prepare students to enter the expanding national security workforce within both the government and the private sector. Students will achieve an integrated knowledge of political science, legal studies, behavioral science, management, history and national security studies focused on the deterrence, detection, and mitigation of domestic and international threats to the public safety.
History By looking critically at events of the past, history majors gain insight into human complexity, develop outstanding communication and critical-thinking skills, and gain a richer perspective and a greater awareness of contemporary issues of national and global importance. Mathematics is a cornerstone of the physical, life, and social sciences, and the methods and techniques of mathematics are vital in research, commerce, government, and other fields that rely on statistical measurement and computation methods. Our broad curriculum engages students in both classical and contemporary areas of mathematics. Medical and Health Humanities is a growing field of interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration as related to medicine and healthcare. Students are prepared for future employment and a life of serving others with respect, compassion, and empathy. As a collaboration of academic disciplines, the program offers a broad educational experience that will challenge students to view healthcare through the lens of cultural, spiritual, familial, philosophical, mental, and social conditions. Students also benefit from the diverse range of faculty within the various disciplines that compose the major.
Philosophy The philosophy major stresses critical thinking and clear judgment to offer insight into human complexity and the meaning of life. Courses explore the conceptual foundations of the philosophical tradition and engage students in explorations of such issues as freedom, justice, personal authenticity, and morality. Psychology Students gain understanding of human behavior, cognitive processes, and social interaction through a far-ranging curriculum that includes study of perception, personality, cognition, psychopathology, child and adolescent psychology, research methods, and other areas of psychology. A psychology major is the first step on many career paths, and is also ideal preparation for advanced study in psychology.
Accounting The accounting major combines courses in the liberal arts with accounting, business, tax law, and other areas to develop critical thinking skills and technical proficiency in accounting, the language of business. Internships with accounting firms and other businesses enrich the classroom experience. You can add a fifth year of full-time education at MU that will lead to an MBA in addition to the BS in Accounting. Our curriculum will satisfy the 150-hour COA requirement enacted by most states. Business Administration Students gain a strong background in business plus an opportunity to tailor their degree to meet their personal and professional interests. Majors may choose a minor in financial services, supply chain management, or management information systems. The curriculum meets the needs of those who plan to go right into their career after graduation. You can add a fifth year of full-time education at MU that will lead to an MBA. Health Care Management Misericordiaâ€™s program combines a strong foundation in the study of business with advanced courses that will prepare students to succeed in the modern health care system. This degree is available to those seeking the Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree.
Information Technology Students gain knowledge of the technical aspects of information technology plus experience with business writing, making presentations, and other important skills. Students may choose to specialize in information systems, e-business development, or information technology security. Mass Communications and Design A comprehensive curriculum covers print and broadcast journalism, photojournalism, public relations, audio and video production, film, and other areas to prepare
students for careers in one of the most rapidly changing industries. Exceptional facilities for video and audio production support this versatile major. English Study of English hones critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Professional Studies The professional studies program gives students (typically who have previous college credit) an opportunity to complete a bachelorâ€™s degree in a professionally focused field. Students develop individual programs of study in consultation with an advisor.
Sport Management The major builds on studentsâ€™ love of sport to prepare them for rewarding careers in the rapidly growing, multi-million dollar sport management industry. Courses in sport law, management science, sport and society, sports marketing, and athletic administration are all part of a flexible curriculum that allows students to tailor the major to suit their professional interests.
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The Applied Behavioral Science major is an interdisciplinary social science program that equips graduates with a solid academic foundation to enter careers in the human and social service fields. Students learn about relationships, problem solving, ethics, and conflict resolution. Professions that find this degree useful are first responders, security personnel, as well as penal system personnel and parole officers.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography majors are educated in the areas of Abdominal and OB/GYN sonography and are eligible to apply for national certification examinations. In addition to Abdominal and OB/GYN, the program offers a solid foundation in vascular sonography. The Sonography Department has an excellent reputation for preparing well-qualified entry-level sonographers who succeed in their careers. Moreover, Misericordiaâ€™s liberal arts curriculum will allow students to adapt to an ever-changing healthcare system working with an increasingly diverse population. Students also achieve clinical placements at state-of-the-art facilities with close supervision by faculty. Education Teacher education has been a Misericordia strength from the universityâ€™s earliest years. Todayâ€™s students gain outstanding preparation for teaching careers as they choose from majors in seven
areas: early childhood education (K-4), middle level (4-8), and secondary education in biology, chemistry, citizenship, English and mathematics. Special Education is incorporated into the K-4 level, and is an option in the other levels.
Health Science: Patient Navigation Specialization prepares students as a professional within an emerging field of patient advocacy. Students develop the skill-set to guide patients, caregivers, and family members through a treatment plan with the goal of improving patient outcomes. Understanding the current health care trends and issues, students have the ability to positively impact the patient experience by providing access to better care and assistance. Students will successfully communicate and interview patients to assess barriers to care while identifying and explaining health resources available. Medical Imaging The major blends classroom study with laboratory experiences using modern medical-imaging technologies to prepare students for careers in radiography, sonography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and other imaging fields. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
Nursing Misericordia approaches nursing as an art of caring, and nursing education blends the liberal arts and professional studies to prepare students for success in this important, high-demand field. Our graduates are skilled nurse generalists capable of working in a variety of settings. We offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Occupational Therapy Students gain the skills and knowledge they need to help individuals who may be injured or disabled achieve independence in their lives. This is a five-year program, and students receive both a bachelor’s degree in health science and a professional entry-level master’s degree in occupational therapy, which is required for professional practice. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. A Doctorate in Occupational Therapy and post-master’s certificates are also offered.
Social Work A combination of classroom theory and practical experience working in a social welfare agency gives students excellent preparation for professional practice in social work serving individuals, families, communities, and organizations. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Speech-Language Pathology The study of speech-language pathology prepares students to work in a range of settings assisting children and adults with communication disorders. Our program is rare among speech-language pathology programs in that it accepts students right out of high school into study leading to a professional master’s degree.
Physical Therapy The program emphasizes clinical decision-making and development of problem-solving skills to prepare students for careers in physical therapy. The Physical Therapy program is a 6 1 ⁄2 year professional program resulting in a bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
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