About MU

Misericordia University is a Catholic university in northeast Pennsylvania, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, that provides caring, motivated students with a challenging education. We have dedicated faculty and administrative staff whose members put students first. We believe in providing personal attention, support, and opportunities that enable our students to experience success. Service to others is woven throughout all that we do and is a passion for everyone associated with our university.

The university is experiencing notable but controlled growth – achieving the largest undergraduate enrollment in the school's history in 2012. Last year, Misericordia completed construction on a new 118-bed student residence hall and a new athletic field house on campus.

Misericordia University provides a quality education through the tenets of mercy, service, justice and hospitality-charisms set forth by the school's founders, the Sisters of Mercy. The university has been guided by these principles for more than 89 years.

The Religious Sisters of Mercy were of the order of Mercy founded in Dublin in 1831. The Sisters vowed to be of service to the impoverished, sick and uneducated. The Sisters of Mercy came to the Wyoming Valley area of Pennsylvania in 1875, continuing their mission of praying, teaching and caring for the sick. The sisters quickly established a school for children and a night school for adults in the established coal mining region. Having secured a strong foundation of Catholic education, the order recognized that a great need was still waiting to be met.

On August 15, 1924, the Sisters of Mercy established Luzerne County's first four-year institution of higher learning, College Misericordia, on nearly 100 acres of land in Dallas, Pennsylvania, purchased by the Sisters for this purpose in 1914.

More than 2,500 people witnessed the dedication of College Misericordia (whose name means “heart of mercy"). That September, 37 students began their studies sharing the sisters' motto: Mulier Fortis, valiant women trained in scholarship and spirituality.

Misericordia was founded as, and continues to be, a broad-based liberal arts and pre-professional studies university offering superior education to those of all faiths the university has been co-educational since the 1970s. Today, Misericordia University is still located on the original grounds, but has expanded to 123 acres on the main campus, situated in a suburban setting just eight miles from downtown Wilkes-Barre. During recent years, the university expanded on to adjacent Lake Street, establishing a lower campus with both residential and academic facilities. Total enrollment is currently more than 2,300 students, including full, and part-time undergraduate and graduate students.

Classroom size is purposefully small to ensure personalized attention. The student-to-faculty ratio continues to be approximately 12 to one, allowing the instructors and students to better relate in the classroom setting with more individualized attention. And although the classes may be small, MU still gives students the collegiate experience in a big way. There are more than two dozen social clubs and organizations available on campus.

Misericordia realizes that athletics are an important part of college life. The school has had an athletics program since 1932, when it introduced intramural sports. Students can choose from 23 women's and men's varsity sports, including tennis, football, lacrosse and track and field. And as a Division III school, the Misericordia University Cougars compete in the Middle Atlantic Corporation's Freedom Conference.

The university provides a progressive student-focused environment fostered by its 112 full-time faculty. This group of distinguished professors is dedicated to providing excellence in education. In fact, 87 percent of the school's faculty hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree. Today, students can choose from 36 degree programs in three Academic Colleges: Arts and Sciences; Health Sciences; and Professional Studies and Social Sciences.

MU follows the values instilled by the Sisters to provide high-quality, value-based education to whomever needs access to it. Therefore, today more than 98 percent of the students receive some form of merit and need-based financial aid.

Misericordia University is committed to providing the best scholarly and educational environment possible to students while they are enrolled, as well as preparing them for life after graduation. Graduates not only receive a diploma, but can participate in the school's GPP-Guaranteed Placement Program- assurance as well. The GPP is a promise that, within six months of graduation, students will have a position in the career of their choice or be enrolled in graduate school, or the university will provide a paid internship in the student's field of study. Also, Misericordia's on-time graduation rate is higher than that of many similar institutions.

Since 1924, much has changed in the world, but Misericordia University continues to honor the heart-felt mission of the Sisters of Mercy. In recent national surveys of both traditional and adult students, Misericordia students gave the university top marks in nearly every area of student satisfaction and effective learning environments. The liberal arts school has carried on the legacy and is committed to offering quality education, professional preparation and service leadership to each student who walks through its doors.

Aerial View of Campus

An aerial view of the MU's main campus.
The main campus has expanded to 123 acres and is supported by a growing lower campus as well.
Total enrollment is currently more than 3,200 students, including full and part-time undergraduates and graduate students.

Faculty and Scholarly Research Brochure

Misericordia University's biannual publication, Faculty Research & Scholarly Work, is now available online. In the 2013-2014 edition, you will find feature stories on select faculty projects from each of MU's three colleges as well a comprehensive listing of scholarly work. Click here to read the publication online or here to download a copy.

Summer Classes

At Misericordia University, we have the summer classes you need. Taking summer classes is an excellent way to improve your GPA, lighten your course load during the academic year, replace a grade, or concentrate solely on that difficult course you've been putting off.

Visit the office of summer studies for more information.

Spring Commencement

Due to the growing number of graduating students, for the first time this May, Misericordia University will be hosting two graduation ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students. Both ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 16th. For more information on the graduate and undergraduate commencements, click here.

Mary Kintz Bevevino Library

The Mary Kintz Bevevino Library is located at the heart of the campus between Mercy Hall and Gildea and McHale Residence Halls. The building encompasses 37,500 square feet and houses stacks for 90,000 volumes. Students can also access numerous academic and professional journals using the library's online databases.

Entrance Arch

The entrance arch on Lake Street is the main entrance to Misericordia University, and it was built between 1930 and 1933. The prominent structure that welcomes members of the Misericordia community to campus was chosen to be part of the University's logo in 2007.

Spring Commencement

Due to the growing number of graduating students, for the first time this May, Misericordia University will be hosting two graduation ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students. Both ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 16th. For more information on the graduate and undergraduate commencements, click here.

A True Campus Community

Misericordia University students form lasting relationships in a supportive environment. In the National Survey of Student Engagement 2014, 93 percent of MU seniors say they have good or very good relationships with other students.

Shakespeare Garden

Misericordia University is close to the cities of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton but offers a beautiful suburban campus environment. The Shakespeare Garden is a relaxing place to take a break between classes. It features plants referenced in Shakespeare's works.
Please take a look at our campus via our virtual tour or schedule a campus visit.


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