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Misericordia University delivers a powerful liberal arts education so as to set our students apart from the competition. We believe that it is essential to provide you with the skills to think critically and communicate effectively so that you can adapt to any of life’s challenges. This gives our students a distinct advantage over graduates from other institutions and makes them more competitive in their chosen careers.

Read more about our recent distinctions below and visit our full-time undergraduate admissions or adult education pages to learn more about how Misericordia can help shape your future.

Misericordia University Achievements 2020-2021

Misericordia achieves Top 10 national ranking for four-year graduation rates

MU Ranking Top 10 Graduation Rate

Misericordia University achieved a Top 10 national ranking in The Chronicle of Higher Education for having one of the best four-year graduation rates among "primarily residential," four-year private nonprofit institutions of higher education.

Misericordia placed ninth in the nation with a 71.2% graduation rate, with Johns Hopkins University topping the list with an 87.1% graduation rate, followed by Cornell and Northwestern universities at 85.5% and 84.3%. The University of San Diego completed the Top 10 listing with a 69.5% four-year graduation rate.

*For 4-year private residential universities ranked by The Chronicle of Higher Education (2019)

Misericordia earns elite status in College Consensus rankings

MU Ranking 17th Best Regional

Misericordia University was ranked No. 17 on the list of Best Regional Universities - North and No. 245 on the list of Best Colleges and Universities in the country in a new ranking by College Consensus that combines the latest results from established "best college" ranking systems and student reviews posted online. The 2019 rankings also list Misericordia as No. 22nd on the list of Best Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania and 31st out of 131 on the list of Best Catholic Colleges and Universities in the country.

College Consensus has also ranked Misericordia University No. 18 in a list of the top 25 colleges and universities that provide online education. The university offers 14 undergraduate programs online and seven graduate degree programs.

MU Ranking 18th of Top 25 Online

Money Magazine and Princeton Review laud Misericordia for quality and affordability

2019 Misericordia graduates

Misericordia University was named to Money Magazine's 2019-20 Best Colleges list, the second highest ranked college or university in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, based on quality and affordability. The university was also recently recognized as one of the top colleges and universities in the northeastern United States, according to The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company.

2019 Money Best Colleges


Misericordia's prestige continues to grow in annual U.S. News & World Report rankings

US News 2019 Best Value

Misericordia University is ranked 35th out of 139 colleges and universities in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities North category of U.S. News & World Report's 2019 edition of Best Colleges, which includes institutions of higher education in the northern United States that offer master's degrees and some doctoral programs.

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