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Misericordia University


Misericordia University Educates Caring, Motivated Students who Want to Succeed

Misericordia University is a coeducational Catholic University located in Dallas, Pennsylvania. The school was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924. Misericordia was founded as a college for study in broad-based liberal arts and preprofessional studies, and the university continues to adhere to this tradition today. The University offers 34 degree programs on the bachelor's, master's and doctorate level. Each student is challenged academically and prepared for career success while also learning the value of service to others.

Misericordia Students Enjoy Personal Attention from and Relationships with Experienced Faculty Members

One hundred and twelve full-time faculty members teach at Misericordia, 84 percent of which hold a doctorate. Misericordia students enjoy close contact with this experienced faculty. The student-faculty ratio is 12 to 1, allowing students to enjoy small-sized classes and personal attention throughout their college years. Not only do students receive an individualized education in this setting, but they have the opportunity to engage in productive, meaningful intellectual discussions with their peers. This creates an academic community wherein all of Misericordia's 3,000 students make positive contributions to the learning environment.

Students Choose From Degree Programs in Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Preprofessional or Professional Studies

Misericordia University offers 34 degree programs in three academic colleges. Traditionally, the school has focused on the liberal arts and sciences, as well as preprofessional and professional studies. Occupational and physical therapy are two of Misericordia's strengths, and master's and doctoral degree programs are available in those fields as well as in a number of other specializations. The most common fields of study are the health sciences and business fields, and thriving programs exist in the social sciences, humanities, psychology, education, communications and mathematics, among others.

The Middle Atlantic Region Provides an Exciting Backdrop to Misericordia's Idyllic Suburban Campus

Misericordia is located on a 120-acre suburban campus near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This location in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States is a center of culture, business, and higher education. Misericordia is centrally located within easy reach of Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City, as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Receiving an education in this dynamic region of the East Coast allows students access to personal and professional activities that can help enrich the college experience. Museums, historical sites, and other educational destinations are easily accessed from the Misericordia campus. Additionally, the many colleges and universities in this region create connections and collaborations that enhance Misericordia's educational excellence and benefit each student.

Students Enjoy Leadership and Involvement Opportunities Outside the Classroom

Life outside the classroom at Misericordia is thriving. There are more than 40 social clubs and organizations available on campus, including student government, service organizations, a theater group, and two student publications. Additionally, the school operates the Student Outdoor Adventure and Recreation(SOAR) program, which arranges a variety of outdoor activities for students. The program's goal is to foster growth and leadership skills at individual and group levels, using the outdoors as a medium. Taking advantage of the many stunning outdoor locations that the region has to offer, the SOAR program includes activities that range from relaxing walks in the woods to rock climbing and rafting trips.

NCAA Division III Athletics Contribute a Spirit of Leadership and Teamwork to Misericordia

Misericordia University has a growing athletic program, and athletics form an important part of student life at the school. The school has twenty-four men's and women's varsity sports teams, including football, lacrosse, tennis and track and field. The school competes in the Middle Atlantic Conference's Freedom Conference in the NCAA's Division III. In 2012, the women's soccer team appeared in the final four and advanced to the sweet 16 in 2013. Also in 2013, baseball hosted the NCAA regional and will do so again in 2014. Intercollegiate competition helps students develop teamwork and leadership skills that also enrich their lives and contribute to their success after college.

Misericordia's Guaranteed Placement Program Ensures Student Success After Graduation

Another distinctive feature of Misericordia is the Guaranteed Placement Program. This program ensures that all Misericordia graduates who successfully complete the program are enrolled in a graduate school or working in the career of their choice within six months after graduation. If a student has trouble achieving this goal, the school provides the graduate with a paid internship in his or her field of study. By focusing on student success after graduation, Misericordia contributes to its reputation of excellence.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Certificates, Bachelor&Apos;S, Master&Apos;S, Doctoral, Post-Master&Apos;S, And Postbachelor&Apos;S Certificates
Biological And Biomedical Sciencesbiochemistry; Biology/Biological Sciencesbusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Business Administration And Management; Management Information Systems; Marketing/Marketing Managementcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programscommunicationcomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicescomputer And Information Scienceseducationbiology Teacher Education; Chemistry Teacher Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; English/Language Arts Teacher Education; Mathematics Teacher Education; Middle School Educationenglish Language And Literature/Lettersenglishhealth Professions And Related Programsclinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology; Diagnostic Medical Sonography And Ultrasound Technology; Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences; Health/Health-Care Administration; Medical Informatics; Medical Radiologic Technology; Nursing Practice; Registered Nursing/Registered Nursehistoryhistoryliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitiesgeneral Studiesmathematics And Statisticsmathematicsparks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studiessport And Fitness Administration/Managementphilosophy And Religious Studiesphilosophyphysical Scienceschemistrypsychologypsychologypublic Administration And Social Service Professionssocial Worksocial Sciencesamerican Government And Politics; Social Sciences


Admission: 2,526 applied; 1,476 admitted; 511 enrolled Average high school GPA: 3.27

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred entrance
Application fee: $25
Required: high school transcript
Required for some: essay or personal statement, minimum 2.5 GPA, 2 letters of recommendation
Recommended: interview
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (out-of-state freshmen), rolling (transfers)
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (out-of-state freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
2,427 Undergraduate Students, 68% Women, 32% Men, 5% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
1% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 0.8% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 3% Hispanic/Latino, 0.1% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 0.3% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 0.0% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
0.0% Representing 1 Other Country
Housing Info
45% Live On Campus

Campus Life

Coed, Freshman Applicants Given Priority For College Housing
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Radio And Television Station, Choral Group, MSOTA, Peer Associates, Physical Therapy Club, Varsity &Apos;M&Apos; Club, Education Club
Most popular organizations
MSOTA, Peer Associates, Physical Therapy Club, Varsity &Apos;M&Apos; Club, Education Club
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service, Controlled Dormitory Access
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling, Women&Apos;S Center
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Accelerated Degree Program, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Cooperative Education, Distance Learning, Double Majors, External Degree Program, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Student-Designed Majors, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditrotc: Army (C), Air Force (C)Unusual Degree Programs: 3-2 Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathologyschool Calendar: Semesters


Member:Ncaadivision:All Division Iiiexcept:Tennis (Division II)


Total: 323Full-Time: 34% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 12 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Comprehensive fee:$39,840 includes full-time tuition ($26,670), mandatory fees ($1540), and room and board ($11,630). Part-time tuition: $515 per credit. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, degree level, and location
Room and board:college room only: $6730. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility
Payment plans:installment, deferred payment
Waivers:employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2013,1,669 applied for aid, 1,470 were judged to have need, 292 had their need fully met
In 2013,196 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:74%
Average financial aid package:$19,729
Average need-based loan:$8488
Average need-based gift aid:$14,086
Average non-need-based aid:$9576
Average indebtedness upon graduation:$38,498




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