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Empowered by our mission and the charisms of the Sisters of Mercy, Misericordia has experienced significant growth over the last six years. Because of this expansion and a strategic plan that calls for us to continue this pattern of controlled growth, Misericordia applied for university status in 2006.

This process to determine whether or not to become a university began in August 2005 with the introduction of the concept to faculty, staff and students. A thoughtful investigation was completed to determine if university status was the right course of action.

A University Status Task Force was formed with representatives from alumni, current students, the Board of Trustees, the faculty and staff to provide a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The task force recommended to the Board of Trustees on June 9, 2006 that the college make application to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to pursue university status.

The PDE Visitation Team conducted a site visit at Misericordia in January 2007 and submitted a written response to our application in March 2007.

Final approval was received on August 15, 2007 and institution began operations as Misericordia University on August 24, 2007.

The links on this page will provide additional information on our journey to university status. These include Frequently Asked Questions and a listing of task force members. The University Status Task Force has now disbanded; however a new group, the Acclamation and Aspirations Task Force is now in place as well as a University Status Transition Team.

The Acclamation and Aspiration Task Force will work to lift the external acclaim of the college/university and help raise the internal aspirations of the institution and its students.

The University Status Transition Team first met in February 2007 and is charged with implementing the recommendations of the state and other necessary actions to achieve and maximize university status.

Comments and questions on this process are welcome. Please e-mail Jim Roberts, Director of Marketing Communications with your comments or concerns.