undergraduate admissions

your future awaits.

welcome! for nearly a century, mercyhurst has been home to writers, scientists, performers, researchers and leaders like you, individuals ready to channel passion and curiosity into something greater. a mercyhurst education is about preparing for a rewarding career and a fulfilling life—more than that, though, it’s about building grit and determination, taking on new challenges, engaging with the world and reaching for new ground. this is an exciting time and we’re eager share our enthusiasm for mercyhurst and guide you on this journey.

covid-19 update: greater flexibility when applying

the evolving situation surrounding the covid-19 pandemic poses a host of challenges to our communities and our families. at mercyhurst, we recognize the unprecedented difficulties of this moment and the need for flexibility in our application procedures. as high schools across the country engage in remote learning, and in-person standardized testing is limited, you might have difficulty completing certain application requirements. to facilitate your mercyhurst application, and help you along in the admissions process, we are implementing a few adjustments in our procedures:

  • you can now complete your high school transcript requirement by taking a photo or image of your high school grades on your school’s online grading platform or student information system, and uploading it using our transcript upload tool.
  • in light of the cancellation of upcoming standardized testing dates, all students may choose to apply test optional and not submit standardized test (sat or act) scores with their applications. to apply for test-optional consideration, complete the request for test-optional consideration form in your admissions portal.

virtual campus visits and events

in addition to in-person campus visits, you can explore mercyhurst and discover the laker life without leaving home! our virtual campus tour provides prospective students and families the opportunity to experience campus from the safety and comfort of their home. our virtual campus visits and events give you the chance to experience the history, academic culture, hospitality, and spirit of community that animate life at mercyhurst.

virtual high school visits

virtual high school visits allow students to connect with an admissions counselor and current student from mercyhurst university in a casual setting. during these sessions, students can ask questions about the admissions and financial aid processes, student life, academic programs, and more. these visits provide a virtual alternative to the traditional in-person high school visits made by mercyhurst representatives. admissions counselors will be available for one-hour sessions; to accommodate flexible schedules, students can come and go throughout a session as needed.

next steps

applying to mercyhurst

choosing a college or university is a big decision, one that requires careful consideration of a number of factors. through our application process, we want to get an idea of who you are as an individual—not reduce you to a number or transcript. explore our application requirements and admissions criteria.

you can complete our online application for free in about 15 minutes if your writing sample is prepared! we also accept the common application and the coalition application. mercyhurst accepts students on a rolling basis, which means the sooner you apply, the sooner we can get you your admissions decision.

we do not require sat or act scores, though students who believe their scores represent a positive component of their admissions portfolio are invited to submit them. however, student-athletes must still submit sat or act scores in accordance with ncaa policy for evaluating eligibility.


we commit considerable institutional resources to minimizing college expenses for families, making a mercyhurst education among the most accessible and affordable in the region. this goal is supported by four-year financial aid awards, with most internal scholarships/grants being automatically renewed as long as satisfactory academic progress is made; check out our cost and financial aid webpage to see just how affordable a mercyhurst education can be!

in order to qualify for aid, be sure to include mercyhurst on the free application for federal student aid (fafsa) using school code 003297. our recommended filing date for fafsa is no later than march 15 of the year you plan to enroll. review mercyhurst's fafsa webpage to learn more about completing the fafsa.