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Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley , PA


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Gwynedd Mercy University


GMercyU Is Focused on Educating in the Mercy Tradition

Gwynedd Mercy University was founded in 1948 by the Sisters of Mercy. The school is committed to successfully educating its nearly 3,000 students in the Mercy tradition of service to society. This tradition along with a strong educational foundation in the liberal arts provides Gwynedd Mercy University students with a responsible learning community based on a synergy of ethics, morality and professionalism. 

Gwynedd Mercy University is committed to preparing its students for a lifetime of meaning and success, developing their knowledge as well as their experiences, and raising their standards in both education and social awareness. These values are rooted in a challenging yet focused core curriculum and the dedication to help people develop themselves not only scholars, but also as individuals in a global community.

GMercyU Offers a Number of Academic Programs to Promote Achievement on All Levels

Gwynedd Mercy University offers more than 30 academic programs. The school of nursing and health professions offers top-rated BSN degree and accelerated nursing programs, as well as a nurse practitioner program. Our school of business offers a number of great programs including a finance major and accounting major., We have a school of education which prides itself on our early childhood education degree. And our school of arts and sciences offers a wide range of programs including a biology major and criminal justice major. The school is composed of programs of study that prepare students to be leaders in professions of increasing demand and societal importance like nursing, biology, education, accounting, marketing and more.

Achievement manifests itself in the college's relationships with nearby hospitals and health care facilities, school districts, life sciences companies, and a wide variety of businesses. Many offer internships or co-op employment experiences while students are still in college and career positions after students graduate.

In keeping with the foundation in the liberal arts and commitment to service to society, each program includes a core curriculum that espouses the theory of "compassion" while looking at moral and societal issues. By looking at challenges in this light and employing the college's local networks, Gwynedd Mercy University's academic programs have ensured that a majority of its students are employed upon graduation or enrolled to pursue their graduate studies.

GMercyU Is a Place to Live, Learn, and Lead

Gwynedd Mercy University is located in Montgomery County Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. With close proximity to and easy access to the fifth largest city in America, GMercyU offers students the amenities of a modern city, but in a quiet and secure suburban setting. With many museums, restaurants and theaters, Philadelphia offers students a wide variety of cultural experiences that will help them grow and learn as individuals.

Gwynedd Mercy University's suburban setting offers students the tranquility to focus their education and become leaders in the global community. Gwynedd Mercy University also maintains a global presence with international students representing eight countries. With over 30 clubs and activities the University offers students a variety of ways to engage on campus. In keeping with the college's tradition many of the clubs, like Best Buddies, focus on the commitment of service to society Gwynedd Mercy University also offers the Griffin Student leadership Institute (GSLI), which is committed to the development of graduates who will be effective leaders, who are compassionate toward those in need, and who are compelled to act within the spirit of social responsibility.

As a community, Gwynedd Mercy University functions on a cohesive level. Undergraduate students live on campus in one of four residence halls. With four specialty eateries around campus, students have the opportunity to eat and converse in a true communal setting, developing their interpersonal skills. And as is accustomed in any well-balanced life, Gwynedd Mercy University also offers students workout rooms and walking track, to keep their body as well as their mind in the top-most condition.

Gwynedd Mercy University is a member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference and the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Students can participate in 19 NCAA Division III sports. Gwynedd Mercy University has garnered 15 ECAC championships in the past five years in a number of sports including baseball, lacrosse, tennis and basketball for both women and men.

With access to thousands of cultural experiences in nearby Philadelphia, a quiet suburban setting where students can focus on their academic achievements, clubs that will develop their leadership and social responsibility experience and a community lifestyle, Gwynedd Mercy University's campus provides the ideal situation for students to live, learn and lead.

GMercyU Faculty Become Student Mentors

Faculty members at Gwynedd Mercy University are passionate about teaching, and through this passion, they encourage students to participate, engage, and lead.

With an average class size of 17 students, Gwynedd Mercy University provides an intimate setting, allowing professors to know their students by name. Faculty members are not only educators, but also mentors and guides. By building trusting and supportive relationships, they help each student to find his or her future academically, professionally, and personally.

GMercyU Makes College Affordable

Gwynedd Mercy University endeavors to keep the cost of a college education affordable. In additional to very competitive tuition, the college also awards financial aid totaling more than $34 million every year. This aid includes state and federal loan programs, plus institutional aid that is available only to students at GMercyU.

A typical package incorporates a grant, loan, and work-study. Awards are based on academic merit, financial need, or both. Approximately 91 percent of students receive some form of financial aid.

GMercyU Produces Successful Graduates

Gwynedd Mercy University graduates work their way to top positions in their field. Alumni are doctors, nurse administrators, school principals, college professors, business executives, entrepreneurs, and business-owners.

Many alumni continue to serve the college in an advisory capacity. Some offer their professional insights to faculty for curriculum development. Others provide opportunities for student internships or entry-level careers.

Because GMercyU has grown steadily in the past generation, a large proportion of the more than 16,000 alumni are relatively young. Their bond with the college is strong, and their stories of success since graduation are a resource for current students.

Location & Contact

Address 1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, PA  19437-0901
United States
Contact Ms. Michelle Diehl
Director of Admissions
Phone: 215-646-7300
Fax: 215-641-5556

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required for some programs

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer August 20th Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 520 480 560
SAT Math 505 460 550
ACT Composite 20 18 23

Tuition & Fees

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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No

Financial Aid

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99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 5.16%
Black or African American 21.69%
White or Caucasian 59.22%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.54%
Asian 6.1%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.15%
Two or more races 0.89%
Other 6.25%


Male (23.95%)
Female (76.05%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 19%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Fall Fest, Carol Night and International Night

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Most popular organizations:
Voices of Gwynedd, Athletic Association, Student Government, Program Board and Peer Mentors

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball No Division 3 No
Cheerleading No No No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Field Hockey No No No
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Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No No No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Volleyball No No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball No Division 3 No
Cheerleading No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Field Hockey No Division 3 No
Football No No No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Volleyball No Division 3 No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 91
Part-time - 241
Male - 250
Female - 44