Founded by the Sisters of Mercy as a junior college 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 Association’s Commission on Higher Education in 1968. In the next half-decade, Mercy College boldly set a course for its future with a series of actions including declaring itself independent, non-sectarian and co-educational. In addition, it doubled the size of the existing physical plant. Mercy College’s innovative spirit soared in the 1970s when it broadened its outreach through the establishment of extension centers and branch campuses throughout communities in Westchester County and New York City. The College expanded its offerings to include online programs in the late 1980s, and was soon granted the ability to offer entire degree programs online. In 1981, Mercy College was authorized to offer its first graduate program (in nursing). Since then, 30 diverse graduate programs have been introduced, and in 2006, the College was granted authorization to offer its first doctoral program (in physical therapy). At the heart of Mercy College is its dedication to the motivated student, and the College’s commitment to quality, student support, and affordability—as well as innovation—remains as strong today as ever.
Mercy College is dedicated to making a high-quality education attainable, offering more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs within its five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College also offers more than 25 degree programs online.
Companies that hire Mercy College graduates include:
The student body represents 35 states & 38 countries.
The Mercy PACT is an unprecedented program that ensures students’ success by creating mutual responsibility between the students and the College. Mercy College assigns PACT mentors to work with individual students in order to create a realistic plan for personal and academic success customized to that student’s needs and goals. The program produces a student who has superior skills and greater opportunities for the future. PACT students will be prepared through internship and externship opportunities, relevant workshops and seminars, and networking meetings. Student progress is tracked via an online e-portfolio which is helpful in building a distinguished resume. This personalized e-portfolio sets students apart from their peers when applying to jobs or to graduate schools.
NCAA Division II
The Mercy College Accounting Program is well known in the accounting profession and to employers who value students with a quality education. I felt well prepared to work in a competitive profession side by side with graduates from other colleges. After working for seven years in Public Accounting and earning my CPA license, I decided to return to school because education is fundamental to continued success.
– Rodika Vergules, '98, CPA, Andreas Esberg & Co, LLP
As an alumnus of the Computer Arts and Design program, I have been given the tools to not only begin my amazing journey in the Computer Graphic Industry, but also to make my life long dreams attainable.
– Joseph Thomas, Mercy College Alumnus ’07,Animator
My experience with online learning in the Internet Business Systems program at Mercy College has been very positive, allowing me the convenience to schedule my work assignments throughout the week. The course material is well organized, the faculty extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and the presentation format easy to follow.
– Patrick Culhane, '03, Manager of IS&BC Technology, IBM Corporation