Gwynedd-Mercy College


Enrollment: 2,130.

Student Body: 74% female, 26% male, 8% out-of-state, international (28 countries represented). Asian 2%, African American 21%, Caucasian 69%, Hispanic 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 76% freshmen return for sophomore year. 50% freshmen graduate within 4 years.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 13:1. 75 full-time faculty, 63% hold PhDs, 71% are women.


Degrees: Associate, bachelors, certificate, masters, post-bachelors certificate, post-masters certificate.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/ discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Business administration and management; education; nursing/registered nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN).

Special Study Options: Accelerated program, cross-registration, double major, English as a Second Language (ESL), honors program, independent study, internships, liberal arts/career combination, study abroad, teacher certification program, weekend college.

Honors programs: The Honors Program in Liberal Studies consists of six interdisciplinary, team-taught courses developing the theme of “The Quest for Community and Freedom: The Individual and Society.” Combined degree programs: BSN/MSN. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include reader services, tutors.

Career services: Alumni services, career assessment, internships.


Housing: Coed dorms, special housing for international students. 95% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Keiss Hall (Health and Science Center), television production room and small theater, computer labs.

Computers: Students can register for classes online.


Environment: City.

Activities: Choral groups, literary magazine, student government, student newspaper, yearbook, campus ministries.

Organizations: 22 registered organizations, 10 honor societies, 1 religious organizations.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor). Women: Basketball, cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: Assumption Hall, The Sister Isabelle Keiss Center for Health and Sciences, The Griffin Complex Student Union and Athletic Facility, Saint Bernard Lobby and Snack Bar, Loyola Hall and Saint Brigid’s Hall—residence halls.


Freshman Academic Profile: 4% in top 10% of high school class, 14% in top 25% of high school class, 40% in top 50% of high school class. 57% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 430-530. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 440-530. Minimum paper TOEFL 525. Minimum computer TOEFL 195.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Rigor of secondary school record. Important factors considered include: Class rank, academic GPA, recommendation(s), standardized test scores, extracurricular activities. Other factors considered include: Application essay, alumni/ae relation, character/personal qualities, interview, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units required: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, 1 history, 3 academic electives.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 1,844 applied, 67% admitted, 25% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), minimum college GPA of 2.0 required. Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $25. Regular application deadline 8/20. Notification on a rolling basis, beginning on or about 9/20. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $25,160. Room and board $9,760. Required fees $450. Average book expense $600.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, institution’s own financial aid form. Financial aid filing deadline 7/15. Priority financial aid filing date 3/1.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 3/1.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the schools own gift aid. Loans: Direct Subsidized Stafford, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford, Direct PLUS, FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, Federal Nursing, alternative loan through banks.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Off-campus job opportunities are fair.

Financial Aid Statistics: 71% freshmen, 72% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 57% freshmen, 57% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 67% freshmen, 61% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 97% freshmen, 92% undergrads receive any aid. 90% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $36,255.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics, leadership.

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