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Mercy College

Mercy College Rating: 3.7/5 (21 votes)

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Mercy College spans 45 acres in Dobbs Ferry, New York, overlooking the Hudson River and located just minutes away from Manhattan. It is a private institution founded in 1950 by the Sisters of Mercy as a junior college. In 1961 it became a four-year college offering baccalaureate degrees.

Mercy is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education, is a Hispanic-serving institution, and is a Department of Veteran Affairs “Yellow Ribbon” school. Mercy College was featured in the book “Cool Colleges” as one of the most exciting schools in the United States.


Mercy College provides its students with over 90 undergraduate and graduate programs and more than 40 online programs. Students can even obtain a degree solely online without stepping foot in a classroom. Their online program has been recognized by the Sloan Consortium and has received attention from The New York Times and CBS News. There are five schools within the institution including Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Mercy College is known as a regional leader in the health care professions including a doctoral program in physical therapy as well as providing a leading teaching preparation education. Their five most popular majors include business administration and management, cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics, health professions and related clinical sciences, security and protective services, and social sciences.

The following Mercy College graduate programs are ranked in the U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Speech-Language Pathology. Class sizes are small, allowing the faculty to have a more personal relationship with their students.

The Honors College has the smallest class sizes in comparison to the undergraduate and graduate programs however there is only a slight difference. Students enrolled in the Honors Program are issued their own personal laptop computer. Enrollment in the Honors Program is extremely competitive and by invitation only. After a student is accepted to Mercy College they will be invited into the Honors Program based on high academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

One of the programs this institution is known for is their Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) where students can be partnered with professional mentors providing them with the experience they’ll need after graduating. PACT students are also able to create an e-portfolio, which will help them when creating their future resumes.

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Application for admission can be completed online or printed and mailed to the institution. Mercy College is considered “SAT optional” along with 851 other colleges and universities nationwide. A non-refundable application fee is required and the fee for Health Professions is slightly higher. The College has waived application fees for the US Armed Service Veterans.

It is recommended that students set up an in-person or telephone interview, but an interview is not required. Undergraduates meet with an admissions counselor for their interview, while graduate students meet with a program director for the specific program in which they are applying.

All required documents including official transcripts, immunization forms and recommendation letters must be mailed to the Admissions Processing Department. The price of tuition is based on which program the student is attending and there is no price difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

Financial Aid

Affording college is not a problem at Mercy College, where it is believed that money should never get in the way of receiving a great education. The majority of students attending this institution receive financial aid. Students have the option of utilizing federal and state grants, loans, private scholarships, federal work-study programs and ROTC in order to lessen the financial burden of affording college. Three weeks before the semester begins tuition must be paid in full.

There is an extensive list of scholarships and grants offered by Mercy College for both undergraduate, graduate and Honors programs. The Student Worker Program provides jobs for students in both an academic and a non-academic setting. Students who wish to apply for this program must have a GPA of 2.5 for On Campus work and 3.0 for Work Study Off-Campus. Also students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits. Applications must be turned in to the Student Worker Program located in the Center for Student Success and Engagement. Mercy College also awards students in the Honors Program with Honors Scholarships based on superior academic performance. Students will be considered for scholarships when they are admitted into the Honors Program.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3992nd for the average student loan amount.
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The student population has a higher percent of females than males. Students come from a variety of different places ranging from states all over the nation to countries all over the world. Most of the students live off campus with only a small percent living on campus or in college operated or affiliated housing. For those students who are interested in living on campus there are many affordable options for single, double, triple, and quad occupancies. All rooms come with Internet, cable television, phone access, and kitchen facilities. A non-refundable housing deposit is required for all on campus housing. On-campus buses are offered taking students to different events going on in the area making the campus easily accessible.

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Student Graduation Demographics


Mercy College is part of the NCAA Division II athletic conference offering intercollegiate, intramural and recreational sports. The athletic facilities provided include five outdoor tennis courts, a swimming pool, a soccer/baseball field, outdoor handball/basketball courts, and a running track. The schools colors are blue and white and their nickname is the Mavericks. There are several sports programs offered for women including basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, track and field (indoor), and volleyball. The athletic programs offered for men include baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track and field (indoor).


Julio Garcia School of Business Alum, Class of 1987 graduated with a BS in Accounting. He later went on to become a partner and the Chief Financial Officer at Perella Weinberg Partners on Fifth Avenue in New York. Also he was recognized by the Hispanic Business magazine as one of “The 100 Most Influential U.S. Hispanics in 2008”.

Karen O’Mara School of Business Alum, Class of 1979 graduated with a BS in Business Administration. Today she is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Polo Ralph Lauren Wholesale, Licensing, Design & Sourcing Divisions.

William Hayward ‘Mookie’ Wilson School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Alum, Class of 1996 graduated with a BS in Behavioral Science. In 1980 he was signed to play professional baseball for the New York Mets. Even though he is best remembered for his 1986 World Series at-bat lasting 10 pitches he felt that getting a college degree was more important than all the homeruns in the world.

Catherine Hession School of Health and Natural Sciences Alum, Class of 1968 graduated with a BS in Biology. Today she is a Senior Scientist in the Molecular Genetics Department at BIOGEN, a biopharmaceutical company. She also appeared in The Journal of Immunology for her research on Lyphotoxin-alphabeta complexes.


  • Mercy College. 2010. Mercy College. 23 May 2011. < https://www.mercy.edu/>.
  • “Mercy College.” U.S. News & World Report. 2011. U.S. News & World Report LP. 23 May 2011. <http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/mercy-college-2772>.

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Ranks 193rd in New York and 2709th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population10,622 (10,622 urban / N/A rural)
Households3,792 (2.55 people per house)
Median Household Income$70,333
Families2,570 (3.13 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3617

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1009th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $16,996 $16,996 $16,996
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $580 $580 $580
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $715 $715 $715
FT Graduate Tuition $14,508 $14,508 $14,508
FT Graduate Required Fees $580 $580 $580
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $806 $806 $806
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $34,278 $34,278 $34,278
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $29,846 $29,846 $29,846
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $22,180 $22,180 $22,180

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $17,360 $17,556 $17,360 $17,556 $17,360 $17,556
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,384 $1,412
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,480 $11,996
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,760 $2,816
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,370 $7,516
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,040 $3,102
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,040 $3,102

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,546 (2,165 male / 4,381 female)
Admitted 3,747 (1,118 male / 2,629 female)
Admission rate 57%
First-time Enrollment 833 (256 male / 577 female)
FT Enrollment 807 (248 male / 559 female)
PT Enrollment 26 (8 male / 18 female)
Total Enrollment11,648

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference New York Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference New York Collegiate Athletic Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity614
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$8,340
Board Fee$4,050

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 866th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $77,322 ($76,081 male / $71,492 female)
Number of FT Faculty 194 (72 male / 122 female)
Number of PT Faculty 893
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $6,877,554

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