A Misericordia University Profile
Founded: 1924 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy
Affiliation: Roman Catholic Church
Campus: 123-acre residential campus in suburban setting in Dallas, Pennsylvania
Total Enrollment: 3,065, 68% women, 32% men.
Full-time Enrollment: 1,986, 65% women, 35% men
Part-time Undergraduate Enrollment: 608, 76% women, 24% men.
Part-time Graduate Enrollment: 471, 71% women, 29% men.
Financial Aid: Approximately 99% of students receive some form of financial aid.
Retention Rate Fall to Fall: 89%, First Year to Sophomore 85%
Faculty: 134 full time; 87% hold Ph. D. or other terminal degree*
*This includes all academic departments except for the Health Sciences where the accepted terminal degree varies. All Health Science faculty are fully credentialed in their respective area.
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12.4:1
Average undergraduate class size is 19 students, and 17% of classes have 9 or fewer students, 49% have 19 or fewer.
Four-year graduation rate: 63%.The six-year graduation rate is 71%.
Incoming freshmen have an average SAT of 1066 and 56% of them rank in the top 25% of their high school graduating class.
Academic Emphasis: Liberal arts, professional and pre-professional studies
Academic Programs: 37 degree programs in three Academic Colleges: Arts and Sciences; Health Sciences; and Professional Studies and Social Sciences. In 2013/2014, 54 percent of graduates received degrees in the health and medical sciences. Business degrees accounted for 24 percent of the total, while 4 percent of degrees were awarded in education. Other popular degrees included psychology at 4 percent and professional/general studies at 3 percent. Social work totaled 2 percent, and all degrees in the humanities accounted for 6 percent. 3 percent of graduates earned degrees in math or the natural sciences.
Graduate Education: Misericordia offers master's degrees in nursing, education, business and organizational management. The occupational therapy and speech-language pathology programs are five-year, entry-level master's degree programs. The Physician Assistant program is a five-year (3+2) combined bachelor's/master's degree. A Doctorate in Occupational Therapy was added in 2008. The physical therapy program is a six and one half year program resulting in a bachelor's degree and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Intercollegiate Sports: Misericordia University competes in the NCAA Division III, Middle Atlantic Corporation's Freedom Conference. Women's sports include basketball, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, swimming, softball, cross-country, cheerleading, lacrosse, golf, tennis and track and field. Men's sports include football, basketball, soccer, swimming, cross-country, baseball, golf, lacrosse, tennis and track and field.
Campus Life: 41 clubs, service organizations and special interest organizations.
Special Organizations: Assistive Technology Research Institute; Diversity Institute; Ethics Institute of Northeast Pennsylvania; Institute of Gerontology (Aging Religious); Institute of Law and Religious Life; Institute of Sacred Scripture.
Special Programs: Alternative Learner's Project (ALP) for college students who learn differently; Office of Service Learning; incorporating community service into academic study; Guaranteed Placement Program, special career preparation program; Fun and Fitness Program, providing a variety of athletic and creative activities for the community at the Anderson Sports-Health Center; Cultural Events, providing a variety of programs usually at no cost to the community.