Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, PA
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
78%
22%
student ratio
2,081
total students
Tuition Cost $32,820 | $32,820
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $22,116
Rolling
fall application deadline
93%
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
Not
Reported
sat math
Not
Reported
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
20
act composite

Overview

GMercyU Is Focused on Educating in the Mercy Tradition

Perfectly located on 160 beautiful acres just 30 minutes outside Philadelphia, Gwynedd Mercy University is known for preparing Distinctive Mercy Graduates who have what it takes to make a difference -- in their lives and in the lives of others. As one of 16 Sisters of Mercy colleges and universities in the United States, GMercyU is shaped by its Catholic identity and Mercy heritage.  It’s a place where values are valued, open dialogue is encouraged, and service is expected.  Focusing on educating the whole person – intellectually, spiritually, socially, and morally – GMercyU offers professional education grounded in the liberal arts, so students are prepared to think critically, communicate clearly, and live productive and meaningful lives.

GMercyU believes that each person has the power to be a hero – to another individual, to a community, to the world.  The University supports students in their quest to find their superpower with a dedicated team of professors who take an interest in who they are, and who they aspire to be. With excellent programs in nursing, allied health, arts and sciences, education, and business, students are encouraged to join a growing team of Distinctive Mercy Graduates.

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

Gwynedd Mercy University offers more than 40 academic programs in nursing and health professions, business, education and the arts and sciences. The school is composed of programs of study that prepare students to be leaders in professions of increasing demand and societal importance, such as nursing, biology, social work, education, accounting, occupational therapy, respiratory care and many more. 

Achievement manifests itself in GMercyU’s relationships with nearby hospitals and health care facilities, school districts, accounting firms, 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.

GMercyU Is a Place to Live, Learn, and Lead

Gwynedd Mercy University’s 160-acre campus is located in Montgomery County Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. With 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. Within 30 minutes of campus, GMercyU students have access to Philadelphia’s many museums, restaurants, theaters, and cultural experiences that 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 and scholars representing countries around the world. With more than 30 clubs and countless on-campus activities the University offers students a variety of ways to engage on campus. In keeping with the university’s Mercy 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, compassionate to those in need, and compelled to act within the spirit of social responsibility.

Undergraduate students live on campus in one of four residence halls with easy access to multiple on-campus eateries, fitness facilities, scenic trails, and academic buildings. Students also enjoy access to the Griffin Loop, which is a free shuttle service that will take them to local restaurants, theaters, and shopping areas. GMercyU also offers bike share and car share programs, and free shuttle service to the local train station.

Gwynedd Mercy University is a member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference.. Students can participate in 19 NCAA Division III sports, as well as a growing and very popular Intramural Sports and Recreation program. Gwynedd Mercy University has garnered 16 CSACchampionships in the past five years in a number of sports including 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 warm and welcoming community atmosphere, 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 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1, 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: Committed to Values and Value

Gwynedd Mercy University strives to keep the cost of a college education affordable. In additional to competitive tuition rates, the university awards generous scholarships and other financial aid to 100% of first-time, full-time students. This aid includes state and federal loan programs, plus institutional aid that is available only to students at GMercyU. Qualified transfer students also have access to generous merit scholarships and other financial aid.

GMercyU was named in the top 20% of schools in Pennsylvania for Return on Investment by PayScale in 2017. The university also ranked in the top 20% for salary after attending among four-year schools in Pennsylvania, according to College Scorecard.

GMercyU Produces Successful Graduates

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

Many alumni continue to serve the university 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 20,000 alumni are relatively young. Their bond with the university is strong, and their stories of success since graduation are a resource for current students.


Location & Contact

Sumneytown Pike PO Box 901
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437-0901
USA

Ms. Michelle Diehl

Director of Admissions

Phone: 215-646-7300
Fax: 215-641-5556
Email: admissions@gmercyu.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer and Information Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education (Multiple Levels)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • History Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Cardiovascular Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Information/Medical Records Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Information/Medical Records Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Medical Radiologic Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Occupational Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Radiologic Technology/Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Respiratory Care Therapy
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Corrections and Criminal Justice Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Criminal Justice/Police Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Behavioral Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Gerontology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences and Humanities Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Applied Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Human Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

93% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,043
    • Accepted978
    • Acceptance Rate93%
    • Enrolled2,081
    • Female Applicants818
    • Females Accepted763
    • Female Acceptance Rate93%
    • Male Applicants225
    • Males Accepted215
    • Male Acceptance Rate95%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $0
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Essay or personal statement
      Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.22
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 20th Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 470 560
    • SAT Math 460 550
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 20 17 23
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$32,820
    • Out-of-state tuition *$32,820
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$700
    • Room and board *$11,980
    • Room only *$5,360
    • * 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 offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$22,116
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$26,574
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$17,500
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,172
    • Average Grant Aid:$13,795
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$19,869
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:98%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 60%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 11%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,081
    • Male Student Percentage22%
    • Female Student Percentage78%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.48%
    • Black or African American23.02%
    • White or Caucasian59.35%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.34%
    • Asian5.86%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.05%
    • Two or more races1.11%
    • Unknown or International Student4.76%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.05% representing 32 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students13% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 19%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group No
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Voices of Gwynedd, Athletic Association, Student Government, Program Board, Peer Mentors
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball No Division 3 No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty303
    • Full-time Percentage27%
    • Part-time Percentage73%
    • Female Percentage76%
    • Male Percentage24%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 1,748 students to 156 faculty


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