Founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercyhurst College is a leading Catholic liberal arts college located in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States. The College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The graduate program in Organizational Leadership is accredited by the IACBE (The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education). The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Dance Department, in the School of Arts and Humanities, is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The Respiratory Therapist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The medical laboratory technician (MLT) Program curriculum is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

The Mercyhurst North East (MNE) Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. The MNE's associate degree in nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Achievements and Ranking Profile:

- Mercyhurst College is rated 49th in the Regional University North category by U.S. News (2012).

- Named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll third year in a row.

- The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Mercyhurst as tying for the 13th best graduation rates out of the 555 schools designated as master's universities. The Chronicle of Higher Education used six years of federal information up to 2008 to compile the list.

- The Princeton Review recommends Mercyhurst College as one of 222 outstanding colleges and universities in the Northeast in the 2007 edition of its book, “The Best Northeastern Colleges”.

- Mercyhurst is ranked 13th by U.S.News & World Report, Master's Universities- North, for most international students.

- Ranked 9th on the US News “Great Schools, Great Prices” rankings for Comprehensive Colleges in the North (2005).

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