Mercy College (New York)

Mercy College
Motto Latin: Inserviendo consumere
Motto in English
To be consumed in service[1]
Type Private research university
Established 1950
Affiliation Nonsectarian
(formerly Roman Catholic)
Endowment $224.4 million (2017)[2]
President Timothy L. Hall
Provost Jose Herrera
Academic staff
928 (full-time and part-time)[3]
Students 11,295 (Fall 2015)[4]
Undergraduates 8,016 (Fall 2015)[4]
Postgraduates 3,279 (Fall 2015)[4]
Location Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA
Campus Suburban, 66 acres (0.27 km2) (Dobbs Ferry campus)[5]
Newspaper The Impact
Colors Blue and White[5]
Athletics NCAA Division IIECC[6]
Nickname Mavericks[7]
Affiliations NAICU
Sports 10 Varsity Teams

Mercy College (Mercy or Mercy NY) is a private, non-sectarian, non-profit, coeducational research university with its main campus located on 66 acres in Dobbs Ferry, New York, alongside the Hudson River, with additional locations in Manhattan, Bronx and Yorktown Heights.[8] The university is historically affiliated with the Roman Catholic church, and the curriculum remains influenced by Jesuit educational principles. Mercy College has five schools: Business, Education, Health & Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social & Behavioral Sciences, and offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs.[9] The university had 11,295 students enrolled in Fall 2015. The student body comes from 43 states and 54 countries.[5]

Mercy College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the East Coast Conference (ECC). Mercy College's athletic teams compete in Division II of the NCAA and is known collectively as the Mercy Mavericks.


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1950, Mercy College became a four-year college offering programs leading to the baccalaureate degree in 1961. The College was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 1968. In the next half-decade, Mercy College set a course for its future with a series of actions including declaring itself independent and co-educational. In addition, it doubled the size of the existing physical plant and initiated the first of many community outreach efforts. Mercy College in the 1970s broadened its outreach through the establishment of extension centers and branch campuses throughout communities in Westchester County and New York City.

Mercy College was authorized to offer its first graduate program, nursing, in 1981. Since then, over 30 diverse graduate programs have been introduced, and in 2006, the College was granted authorization to offer its first doctoral program in physical therapy.[10] The College expanded its offerings to include online programs in the 1990s, and was soon granted the ability to offer entire degree programs online. Thousands of Mercy College students take one or all of their courses online through the more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs offered.[8]

In 2004, Timothy L. Hall, the former president of Austin Peay State University, as well as the former provost of University of Mississippi, became the 12th president of Mercy College.[11]

In January 2017, founding Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western New Mexico University, as well as a former Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dr. José Herrera, was appointed the new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs of Mercy College.[12][13]


Dobbs Ferry main campus

External video
Virtual tour of Mercy College's scenic 66-acre Dobbs Ferry campus on the banks of the Hudson River., February 4, 2014, 2:27

The main campus is in Dobbs Ferry, New York, overlooking the Hudson River. The campus encompasses 66 acres alongside the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, New York, a suburb of Westchester County, 25 miles north of New York City. In addition to academic and administrative buildings, it houses the College’s residence and athletics buildings. In 2011, Mercy College bought the Our Lady of Victory Academy building after the school closed.[14] Dobbs Ferry students enjoy all the nearby shopping and restaurants, just steps from campus, as well as biking, jogging or walk along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail that runs through campus. The Dobbs Ferry main campus is just a short walk from the Ardsley-on-Hudson Station of the Metro-North Hudson Line, making Grand Central Terminal in New York City accessible in less than 30 minutes.[15] In December 2015, the College opened a new 350-bed, state-of-the-art residence hall complex that includes a 5,000-square-foot fitness center facility, and student commons with shops.[16]

Mercy College hosted the Third Round and Quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championships at Mercy Field on the Dobbs Ferry main campus.[17]



The Manhattan site is situated in the heart of Manhattan at Herald Square and occupies two floors at 66 W 35th St.


The Bronx site occupies 125,000 square feet at the Hutchinson Metro Center, a rapidly developing complex of corporate and health care organizations and businesses.

Yorktown Heights

In 1979, the Yorktown site of Mercy College was moved to its permanent facility at the intersection of Route 202 and Strang Boulevard. This beautifully landscaped building was renovated for college use. The branch library of Mercy College on Mercy College's Yorktown site has been designated a federal depository for government publications.[18] In Yorktown Heights, students have access to Northern Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess and Fairfield Counties. The site is close to Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park, which offers extensive outdoor recreational activities.



Mercy College has five schools:

  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Health & Natural Sciences
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Mercy College offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, including more than two dozen that can be completed online. The faculty comprises 210 full-time professors with a significant majority holding the highest degree in their respective fields, Fulbright Scholars, published and national best-selling authors, and experts.

Mercy College runs the Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) Program, a mentoring program that aims to maximize students’ success through comprehensive collaboration between students and professional mentors, and to address the national agenda to raise the number of college graduates in America. PACT students are provided professional mentors who facilitate integrated support for academic, career, and personal growth. Together, student and mentor create a customized plan. Mercy offers an Honors Program for high achieving students.

Reputation and rankings

  • Mercy College tied for sixth place on the list for best “campus ethnic diversity” in the northern region by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.[21]
  • Barron's ranks Mercy College a "best buy" and “competitive” in college education.[22]
  • rates Mercy College among the top 15% of New York colleges and universities in return on investment (ROI).[23]
  • According to data from The New York Times, Mercy College ranked among "selective private colleges" yielding the greatest overall social mobility; this data reflects the share of all students who came from lower-income families and ended up in higher-income families after completing their education.[27]
  • In 2017, Military Times magazine announced its Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, and Mercy College made the list.[28]
  • Although Mercy College School of Business does not fully offer an online MBA program, nonetheless the School's MBA program has been ranked among the best online MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report.[29]
  • Ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for "Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBA)," 2018 edition.[30]


Peterson's classed Mercy College's admissions process as "moderately difficult".[3] Undergraduate acceptance rate was 66% in Fall 2015. The average high school GPA of incoming freshmen was 84.75/100 (3.4/4.0) in Fall 2015.[33] Mercy College's School of Business had a 68% acceptance rate in 2017.[34] The MBA program's admission rate in Fall 2018 was 27%.[35]


As of 2014, the undergraduate population includes 7,157 full-time and 2,942 part-time students with 31 percent of freshmen and 12 percent of all full-time undergraduates residing in campus-affiliated housing. While the majority of students are New York residents, students represent 43 states and 54 countries. Mercy College offers small class sizes with an average student/faculty ratio of 20:1. 88% of students are commuters; 12% live in campus housing. Mercy College has 71% female students and 29% male students.[36]


All campuses of Mercy College are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Among others, Mercy College holds professional accreditations with:[37]

  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
  • Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistant
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs
  • American Association for Paralegal Education
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Mercy College
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Speech, Language and Hearing Association
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education (In candidacy for NCATE accreditation, late 2013)


Some highlights of research at Mercy College include:

  • In the “Race to the Top” competition, the School of Education received the largest grant in New York State for the education of next generation math teachers.
  • The Bronx Parent Center is an innovative program empowering parents to support their children’s education through workshops, resources and leadership development. The Center also serves as a training ground for the School of Education students to engage with parents in educational decision-making, as well as a research base for faculty to investigate best practices in parent engagement.
  • The Veterinary Technology Program is the only 4-year program of its kind in the Tri-State area and graduates have achieved a 100% pass rate on their National Boards for more than 18 years (the national average is 70%).
  • The state-of-the-art Roy Disney Studio for Animation Studies exposes students to some of the most influential names in animation and design.
  • Thomas Culhane, a faculty member, was named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer of the Year in 2009.
  • Students, faculty and the community are further enriched by a number of centers including the Center for Global Engagement, Cybersecurity Education Center, Speech and Hearing Center, and Centers of Excellence within the Business School including the Strategic Consulting Institute, Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Business Communication, Center for International Business, Women’s Leadership Institute and Lifepath Coaching Institute.[8]
  • In 2017, Mercy College received a multi-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation.[38]
  • A Mercy college professor and two alumni were honored at the 2017 Transform Awards North America. The gala awards excellence in re-branding and celebrates the best brand projects from around the world. New York City design firm 8 Point Studio (8PTS) won the gold award in the category of Best Use of a Visual Property. Jen Roos is the founder and creative director at 8PTS, and a Mercy associate professor in Computer Arts and Design. Also on the 8PTS team were Mercy alumni Anita Mosquera and Chris Guerrero.[39]


Mercy College houses four university libraries. Branch libraries are present on all of Mercy College's sites. Its main flagship library is on the Dobbs Ferry Campus.[40] The library at Mercy College's Yorktown site has been designated a federal depository for government publications.[18]


Mercy College sponsors an intramural sports program as well as intercollegiate competition in 10 varsity teams compete at the Division II level. The College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the East Coast Conference (ECC). Varsity men’s programs include baseball, basketball, lacrosse and soccer. Women’s athletic teams compete in basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball. The baseball, lacrosse, soccer and field hockey teams, in addition to numerous local community high school and youth groups, play on a new, eco-friendly turf field on the Dobbs Ferry campus, overlooking the Hudson River.

In 2007 the college changed its athletic nickname from "Flyers" to "Mavericks" after the administration reviewed and narrowed suggestions from students and faculty members.[7][41]

Student life

Student government

The Mercy College Student Government Association (SGA) is responsible for protecting students’ rights, advocating for students’ interests, and promoting student life. The SGA will be responsive to student interests and act as an agent for students.

Dining services

Cafeterias are present on the Dobbs Ferry main campus, and on all sites except Manhattan.


Mercy College has U.S. Army ROTC and U.S. Navy ROTC programs on campus.[42]

Notable people

Notable staff

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

Mercy College has more than 57,600 alumni as of 2017.[5]

See also



  1. He attended at least one graduate level class at the college.[49]


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