Mercyhurst University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$38,580
2.88% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$26,942
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
6.44%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
88%
3,457 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
2,790
92.7% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
69.9%
431 Graduates

About

Mercyhurst University is a higher education institution located in Erie County, PA. In 2020, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Mercyhurst University were General Intelligence (77 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (34 degrees), and Other Marketing (28 degrees).

In 2020, 752 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Mercyhurst University. 60.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (581 degrees), 16.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (36 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Mercyhurst University is $38,580, which is $16,050 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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The median undergraduate tuition at Mercyhurst University is $38,580, which is $16,050 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $26,942.

In 2020, 98% of undergraduate students attending Mercyhurst University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 70% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$38,580
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Mercyhurst University was $38,580. The cost of tuition at Mercyhurst University is $16,050 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$26,942
2020 Value
14.1%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Mercyhurst University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $26,942. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Mercyhurst University grew by 14.1%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,795
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Mercyhurst University was of $11,795 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 1.64% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

98%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
70%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

98% of undergraduate students at Mercyhurst University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 98% 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.
6.44%
2018 Default Rate
75
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Mercyhurst University was 6.44%, which represents 75 out of the 1164 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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Mercyhurst University received 3,457 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 17.7% annual growth. Out of those 3,457 applicants, 3,043 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 88% acceptance rate.

There were 2,790 students enrolled at Mercyhurst University in 2020, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Mercyhurst University has an overall enrollment yield of 22%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

88%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
3,043
Accepted Out of 3,457

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Mercyhurst University was 88% (3,043 admissions from 3,457 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 86.4%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 17.7%, while admissions grew by 19.9%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
N/A
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Mercyhurst University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Mercyhurst University has a total enrollment of 2,790 students. The full-time enrollment at Mercyhurst University is 2,586 students and the part-time enrollment is 204. This means that 92.7% of students enrolled at Mercyhurst University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Mercyhurst University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 80.6% White, 4.27% Black or African American, 4.09% Hispanic or Latino, 1.33% Asian, 1.04% Two or More Races, 0.753% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0358% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Mercyhurst University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (48%), followed by White Male (32.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.61%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (49%), followed by White Male (33.8%) and Asian Female (1.72%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

92.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Mercyhurst University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,790 students. The full-time enrollment at Mercyhurst University is 2,586 and the part-time enrollment is 204. This means that 92.7% of students enrolled at Mercyhurst University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

80%
2020 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 (75%), Mercyhurst University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,250
  2. Black or African American
    119
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    114

The enrolled student population at Mercyhurst University is 80.6% White, 4.27% Black or African American, 4.09% Hispanic or Latino, 1.33% Asian, 1.04% Two or More Races, 0.753% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0358% 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 52.6% White, 16.6% 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, 88 students (3.15%) did not report their race.

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In 2020, 164 more women than men received degrees from Mercyhurst University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Mercyhurst University is white (581 degrees awarded). There were 16.1 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (36 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Mercyhurst University is General Intelligence (77 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (34 degrees) and Other Marketing (28 degrees).

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 (108 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (39 degrees), and History (10 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mercyhurst University are Physicians (418,820 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (263,883 people), Other managers (255,289 people), Postsecondary teachers (203,986 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (170,329 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercyhurst University are Applied Sciences (108 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (39 degrees), History (10 degrees), Biology (45 degrees), and Protective Services (32 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mercyhurst University are Surgeons, Physicians, Clinical and counseling psychologists, Computer hardware engineers, and Entertainers & performers, sports & related workers, all other

The most specialized majors at Mercyhurst University are Applied Sciences (108 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (39 degrees), History (10 degrees), Biology (45 degrees), and Protective Services (32 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mercyhurst University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (580,062 people), Elementary & secondary schools (554,662 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (470,682 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (374,328 people), and Offices of physicians (214,750 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercyhurst University are Applied Sciences (108 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (39 degrees), History (10 degrees), Biology (45 degrees), and Protective Services (32 degrees).

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Majors Awarded

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Most Common
  1. 77 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 34 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 28 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Mercyhurst University was General Intelligence with 77 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

294
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
458
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 294 degrees were awarded to men at Mercyhurst University, which is 0.642 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (458).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 66 degrees were awarded to men at Mercyhurst University in General Intelligence, which is 1.57 times more than the 42 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 42 degrees were awarded to women at Mercyhurst University in General Intelligence, which is 0.636 times less than the 66 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

62%
100% Completion Time
68%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 62% of students graduating from Mercyhurst University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 68% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 68% 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.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (88.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Mercyhurst University is Female and Asian (88.9% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 0.696% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    581 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    36 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    36 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Mercyhurst University is white (581 degrees awarded). There were 16.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (36 degrees).

2.93% of degree recipients (22 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    362 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    219 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    21 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Mercyhurst University is white female (362 degrees awarded). There were 1.65 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (219 degrees).

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Mercyhurst University has an endowment valued at nearly $26.9M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $80.1k (0.297%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Mercyhurst University had a total salary expenditure of $99M. Mercyhurst University employs 49 Assistant professors, 38 Associate professors, and 22 Professors. Most academics at Mercyhurst University are Female Assistant professors (27), Male Associate professors(22), and Male Assistant professors (22).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercyhurst University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 71 employees, Management, with 67 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 27 employees.

Endowment

$26.9M
2020 Endowment
0.475%
decline from 2019

Mercyhurst University has an endowment valued at about $26.9M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Mercyhurst University declined 0.475% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $12.7M 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. $17.5M - Federal
  2. $547k - State
  3. $490k - Local

As of 2020, Mercyhurst University received $17.5M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $547k from state grants and contracts, and $490k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$28.1M
2020 Salaries
1.16%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Mercyhurst University paid a median of $28.1M in salaries, which represents 28.3% of their overall expenditure ($99M) and a 1.16% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.44% decline from 2018 and a 7.19% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$8.52M
Instructional Salaries
127
Number of Employees

In 2020, Mercyhurst University paid a total of $8.52M to 127 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
49 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
71 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Mercyhurst University were Assistant professor with 49 employees; Associate professor with 38 employees; and Associate professor with 22 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercyhurst University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 71 employees; Management with 67 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 27 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Mercyhurst University was Female Assistant professor with 27 employees, Male Associate professor with 22 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 22 employees.

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

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