Mercyhurst University Reviews

  • 7 Reviews
  • Erie (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $43,460
67% of 7 students said this degree improved their career prospects
86% of 7 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 6/29/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"As harsh as this might sound, I would not wish this experience on anyone. Yes, I received a degree here, but I’ll not be returning for any additional education. **With a special focus on the Financial Department, Student Advisors, and Nursing Departments…they went out of their way to *not* do their jobs at every turn. First of all, the Financial Department is shameful. They do not admit fault, ever. When they do (or forget to do) something that costs YOU thousands of dollars and time sorting the matter out on your own, they will walk away whistling with their hands up, saying, “not my problem.” Also, I officially graduated from my program in December, but couldn’t attend the ceremony until May? That’s ridiculous. They charge $200 from each student (that’s almost $5,000 from my graduating class alone) yet, they couldn’t afford to give us a graduation ceremony even remotely in the same timeframe as the program’s end date. The majority of my class didn’t attend the ceremony because we had already established our new roles, in new job positions, and we had to work on the day the ceremony took place! No, you don’t get a refund. You paid for others to have a graduation ceremony, pretty much. Not to mention, they charged me the $200 graduation fee well after I was finished with my program, because they forgot to charge me while I was still a paying student. But that’s not the worst part!! They noticed they forgot to charge the fee, charged me at random, without notice, and in that same day, they placed my student account on hold, threatening to keep my degree from me, which would have stalled my state exam approval. I got it fixed quickly, for my own sake, but it shouldn’t have gone down that way. It’s honesty despicable. As far as the teaching goes, OMG! My LPN course actively taught me more than this program did. We lost a lot of student’s over the 3 years. Gee, I wonder why? Pharmacology was lacking, many of the drugs weren’t on a “need to know” list. We weren’t required to know much about nutrition and drug interactions, receptors, or drug action/mechanism, etc. It was all very basic, which was fine for me because I’ve been a nurse and have already been taught the information, but there were other student’s in the course studying to become nurses for the first time, so they definitely could have used the so-called “extra” information. Also, no nutrition course, no medical terminology course. Again, other students in class studying to be brand new nurses and they would get tripped up on medical prefixes and suffixes. The few of us in class who were nurses were expected to help teach the student’s who were not nurses. That’s not okay. I’m paying $40,000 to further MY education, not to put my education on hold constantly to be a resource and legitimate teacher to my classmates. The program is FILLED with “busy work.” Most of the instructors weren’t interested in actually teaching. They assign work that takes an excessive amount of time to complete and call that doing their job. The instructors read from a PowerPoint like zombies, which has information straight from a book or from ATI, which I also have access to. That’s not teaching! Seriously, I could just stay home and read the book. I don’t need someone to read it to me. Clinical was probably my favorite part, but again.. if your instructor isn’t great, neither is clinical. If they won’t let you go experience different things, then you’re not going to! You don’t get to go to the Operating Room if your instructor doesn’t feel like letting you go, even though the OR is available and states they would like to have a student or two that day. Sometimes, we were used as free labor if a unit was short staffed, which isn’t fair for my educational purposes. I consistently, on an unGodly level, had to correct my instructors for giving me incorrect grades. I have all the emails to prove it. There is a reason the nursing program is under provisional accreditation status. Anyway, the “Glass-Half-Full” me says that all of their failures, as a whole, made me a more competent human and nurse but…I really could have done without all of that extra BS."
Donna Heid
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2019
  • Degree: Mathematics
"My experience at Mercyhurst University was beyond blessed! I am so grateful for all of the opportunities that were available to me through both my academic classes and the student clubs/organizations I was involved in. Mercyhurst made it possible for me to grow academically through a brilliant liberal arts education and also helped me grow spiritually through the vibrant presence of the Catholic faith instilled by the Sisters of Mercy. Go lakers!"
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2016
  • Degree: Forensic Science
"The professors at Mercyhurst University take the time to get to know each and every one of their students and provide guidance and assistance every step of the way. The small class sizes enable students to get the extra help that they need and allow students to feel like they are more than just a number. Although Mercyhurst University may be fairly small in size, it is not lacking in extracurricular activities, as there are plenty of clubs and organizations to become involved in."
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2015
  • Degree: Communications
"I loved my time at Mercyhurst. The campus is beautiful, the majority of the professors I had were very helpful, I loved my campus apartment and townhouse, and the work study program was great. I wish there had been more dining options on campus and the library could use some updating, but, overall, I am very satisfied with my time at Mercyhurst."
Brendan Crosby
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2014
  • Degree: Public Policy
"The two main pros of attending Mercyhurst are the quality of instructors and the affordability. I know from my graduate school research and from my classes that these professors are on par with the faculty at the "more prestigious" schools. They have pushed us past our breaking points and showed us exactly what will be demanded from us in the intelligence community. All of this comes at a price anywhere from half to a quarter of what other schools require in tuition. There is no better bang for your buck than Mercyhurst. The only drawback is that it is not located in the D.C. area, which is the hub of the intelligence community; however, this allows for the cost of living to be significantly reduced. Also, if you are committed to the work, you do not have too many distractions waiting around for you."
Kate Lesciotto
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2014
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Overall Mercyhurst's M.S. program in Biological and Forensic Anthropology is great. Pros: hands on experience with active forensic cases, extensive fragmentary osteological collection, multiple D-ABFA certified faculty members. Cons: department is a bit disorganized, the university recently eliminated a lot of graduate financial support."
Heidi Woodard
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2013
  • Degree: Business
"Good school, good professors, the degree is not getting me a better job though."