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Mercy University
Former name
Mercy College
Motto Latin: Inserviendo consumere
Motto in English
To be consumed in service [1]
Type Private university
Established1950; 73 years ago (1950)
Founder Sisters of Mercy
Accreditation MSCHE
Religious affiliation
(formerly Catholic)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$322 million (2022) [2]
President Susan L. Parish
ProvostEva Fernández
Academic staff
911 (full-time and part-time)
Students8,615 (Fall 2022)
Undergraduates6,379 (Fall 2022)
Postgraduates2,236 (Fall 2022)
New York
United States
CampusSuburban, 66 acres (0.27 km2) (Dobbs Ferry campus) [3]
NewspaperThe Impact
ColorsBlue and White [3]
NicknameMavericks [4]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIECC [5]
MascotMaverick or Mav

Mercy University [6] (Mercy NY), previously known as Mercy College, is a private university with its main campus in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and additional locations in Manhattan and the Bronx. [7] It is a federally designated minority-serving institution and the largest private Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in the state of New York. [8] The university was historically affiliated with the Catholic church, but has been independent and non-sectarian since the early 1970s. [9]

The university has six schools and offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs. [10] The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated Mercy University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. [11] The university had 8,615 students enrolled in fall 2022.


Mercy University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1950 as Mercy College. It 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 became 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. [12] 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 University students take one or all of their courses online through the more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs offered. [13]

In early 2019, Mercy College and the College of New Rochelle announced that College of New Rochelle (CNR) would be absorbed into Mercy College starting fall 2019, including College of New Rochelle's students, faculty, programs, some facilities, as well as transcripts, history and legacy of CNR alumni. Mercy College became the repository of CNR documents. [14] [15] On August 12, 2019, William Latimer, the 14th and final College of New Rochelle president, joined Mercy College as vice president of its New Rochelle and Bronx locations serving in that role until March 2022. [16]

On September 30, 2022, Mercy received the “Seal of Excelencia” from Excelencia in Education, honoring it as a national exemplar in advancing prospects for success in college for its Hispanic students. Mercy is the first private college in the country, as well as the first HSI in New York State, to receive this certification. [17]

On July 1, 2023, Susan L. Parish, the former dean of the College of Health Professions and Sentara Professor of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University, became the 13th president of Mercy College. [18] A few days later, the New York State Board of Regents approved a name change for Mercy College; its new name, Mercy University, became effective on August 22, 2023. [19]


Students celebrate the launch of Mercy University in front of Main Hall in Dobbs Ferry, Westchester Campus.


The main campus of Mercy University encompasses 66 acres (27 ha) in the village of Dobbs Ferry in the town of Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York, 25 miles (40 km) north of New York City. [A] In addition to academic and administrative buildings, it houses the two residence halls and athletics buildings, including state-of-the-art facilities such as the Clinical Health and Simulation Labs, design and animation studios, music and recording studios and a 5,000 square foot fitness center. The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail runs through campus.

In 2011, Mercy College bought the Our Lady of Victory Academy building after the school closed. [20] The building was renovated to include state-of-the-art classrooms, design and animation studios, music and recording studios, a trading room that replicates Wall Street with Bloomberg terminals and a stock ticker, and a new gymnasium with an NCAA regulation court for basketball and volleyball.

In December 2015, the college opened a new 350-bed, state-of-the-art residence hall complex, known as Hudson Hall, that includes a 5,000-square-foot fitness center facility and student commons with shops. [21]

Mercy 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. [22]

The Westchester 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. [23]


The Manhattan site is situated in the heart of Manhattan at Herald Square and occupies three floors at 47 West 34th Street totalling 95,370 square feet. [24] The Manhattan campus, which was expanded and renovated in 2019, [25] includes a dorm for international students, known as Dorm 34, a 70-seat Bove Media Center, 28 classrooms, offices and breakout spaces, a cybersecurity and computer science lab, an analytics and financial lab equipped with Bloomberg Terminals, and a library with tutoring services. It also includes a common area featuring a 100-seat Herald Square Cafe, information and activities desks, dedicated space for students to meet with Mercy’s mentors, career coaches and financial aid advisors, and a large meeting space for events and campus life activities.


Mercy University Bronx site

The Bronx site occupies 125,522 square feet (11,661.4 m2) at the Hutchinson Metro Center, a rapidly developing complex of corporate and health care organizations and businesses. The Bronx Campus’s state-of-the-art facilities include fully equipped health and science labs and anatomage tables to provide maximized opportunities for learning and student-centered spaces such as the Veterans Lounge. [26]

Former locations

Yorktown Heights

In 1979, the Yorktown site of Mercy College moved to a permanent facility at the intersection of Route 202 and Strang Boulevard. This landscaped building was renovated for college use. The branch library at the Yorktown site was designated a federal depository for government publications. [27] The site is close to Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park, which offers extensive outdoor recreational activities. This campus ceased operations in 2021. [28]

College of New Rochelle campus lease

In fall 2019, Mercy leased the College of New Rochelle’s main campus in New Rochelle for up to two years, at $1.8 million a year, and nearly 1,700 students from CNR became Mercy students. [29] In addition to CNR's main campus, Mercy also negotiated leases for two of CNR's satellite campuses, Rosa Parks in Harlem and the Brooklyn Campus in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. [30] However this arrangement proved short-lived as the New Rochelle campus was sold in December 2019 to the Grand Lodge of New York Freemasons in order to pay off the College of New Rochelle's debts. It has since been turned into a senior-living facility for aged and infirm Freemasons. [31]



Mercy University has six schools:

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

The university offers more than 100 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.

Reputation and rankings


Undergraduate acceptance rate was 86% in Fall 2022. [1] The average high school GPA of incoming freshmen was 86.3/100 (3.28/4.0) in Fall 2022. [2]


Main Hall

As of 2022, Mercy University had 8,615 students enrolled. The undergraduate population includes 4,815 full-time and 1,564 part-time students with 30 percent of freshmen and 11 percent of all full-time undergraduates residing in campus-affiliated housing. While the majority of students are come from the tri-state area, students represent 40 states and 51 countries. Mercy University offers small class sizes with an average student/faculty ratio of 15:1. Around 89 percent of students are commuters; 11 percent live in campus housing. Mercy University has 72 percent female students and 28 percent male students. [3]


All campuses of Mercy University are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Among others, Mercy University colleges and programs holds professional accreditations with: [35]

  • 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)


Mercy University's flagship library is on the main Dobbs Ferry Campus. [36] Both the Bronx and Manhattan campuses also have branch libraries. [37]


Mercy athletic teams are the Mavericks. The college is a member of the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in the East Coast Conference (ECC; formerly known as the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) until after the 2005–06 academic year) since the 1989–90 academic year.

Mercy University sponsors an intramural sports program, as well as intercollegiate competition in 10 varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, lacrosse and soccer; while women's sports include 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.


In 2007, the college changed its athletic nickname from "Flyers" to "Mavericks" after the administration reviewed suggestions from students and faculty members. [4] [38]

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.


Mercy University has U.S. Army ROTC and U.S. Navy ROTC programs on campus. [39]

Notable people


Notable faculty and staff

Notable alumni

Mercy University had more than 70,000 alumni as of 2023. [3] Additionally, the now-defunct College of New Rochelle's alumni, numbering more than 50,000, have been merged into the Mercy University Family. [51] Here follows a partial list of notable Mercy University alumni only.

See also



  1. ^ A portion of the northern part of the campus crosses the village line into the neighboring village of Irvington.
  2. ^ He attended at least one graduate course at the college. [52]


  1. ^ Martone & Perrota 2013, p.  9.
  2. ^ As of February 22, 2022. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2021 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Fast Facts – About Mercy". Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "MERCY COLLEGE ATHLETICS SELECTS "MAVERICKS" AS ITS NEW NICKNAME". May 15, 2007. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "NCAA – Schools – Mercy College".
  6. ^ "Welcome to Mercy University". Mercy University. Retrieved August 23, 2023.
  7. ^ "Campus Locations". Mercy College. Retrieved August 21, 2023.
  8. ^ "Hispanic-Serving Institution". Mercy University. Retrieved August 24, 2023.
  9. ^ "Our History". Mercy College. Retrieved July 21, 2023.
  10. ^ "Academics". Retrieved August 21, 2023.
  11. ^ "Mercy College is Recognized for the Third Time as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency". Mercy University. Retrieved November 17, 2023.
  12. ^ "Mercy College History | About Mercy". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  13. ^ "Mercy College". Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "Mercy College student swell/Absorbs failed sister school, College of New Rochelle". Bronx Times. February 28, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  15. ^ "The College of New Rochelle And Mercy College Finalize Agreement To Provide Seamless Path To Education | Mercy College". Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  16. ^ "William W. Latimer, Ph.D., M.P.H., to become Seventh President of Chestnut Hill College | Chestnut Hill College". Retrieved May 17, 2023.
  17. ^ "Mercy College Receives National Certification as a Top Institution for Latino Students". Mercy University. Retrieved August 24, 2023.
  18. ^ "Office of the President". Mercy University. Retrieved August 23, 2023.
  19. ^ "Mercy College Upgrades To Mercy University". Rivertowns, NY Patch. August 22, 2023. Retrieved August 23, 2023.
  20. ^ "2016–2017 Graduate Catalog" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 6, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  21. ^ Evan Fallor (January 5, 2016). "Mercy College opens new dorm for more residential campus – Westfair Communications". Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  22. ^ "Mercy College to Host Third Round and Quarterfinals of 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championship on Friday and Sunday". November 13, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  23. ^ "Directions to Dobbs Ferry | Visit". Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  24. ^
  25. ^ "Mercy College Unveils New Manhattan Campus in the Heart of Herald Square". Mercy University. Retrieved August 24, 2023.
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  27. ^ " – Mercy College – Yorktown – Academic Programs, Courses, and Degrees". Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  28. ^ "MERCY COLLEGE-YORKTOWN HTS CAMPUS | NYSED Data Site". Retrieved August 8, 2023.
  29. ^ "College of New Rochelle president gets job as Mercy takes over".
  30. ^ "Mercy College Prepares to Welcome The College of New Rochelle Students This Fall | Mercy College". Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  31. ^ "Masonic Care New Rochelle – Masonic Care New Rochelle". Retrieved July 21, 2023.
  32. ^ "Mercy Makes the "Best Colleges" List! – Mercy College". Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  33. ^ "Mercy College Ranked "Competitive" by Barron's Profiles of American Colleges | Mercy College". September 8, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  34. ^ "America's Best Bang for the Buck Colleges 2015 – Northeast". Washington Monthly. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  35. ^ "Accreditations and Memberships | About Mercy". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  36. ^ "About the Libraries | Academics". Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  37. ^ "Libraries". Mercy University. Retrieved October 6, 2023.
  38. ^ Martone & Perrota 2013, p.  125.
  39. ^ "ROTC – Admissions". Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  40. ^ "MERCY'S PRESIDENT LEAVES HIS 'CALLING'". The New York Times. Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  41. ^ "EX-DIPLOMAT OUTLINES GOALS FOR MERCY". The New York Times. Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  42. ^ Bragg, Susan (June 12, 2015). "Wilbert J. LeMelle Sr. (1931-2003) •". Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  43. ^ a b Brenner, Elsa (September 5, 1999). "Mercy College Head Extends Her Hand". The New York Times. ISSN  0362-4331. Retrieved March 3, 2023.
  44. ^ Brenner, Elsa (May 23, 2004). "IN BUSINESS; Changing of the Guard At Mercy College". The New York Times. ISSN  0362-4331. Retrieved March 3, 2023.
  45. ^ "Biography | Long Island University". Retrieved March 3, 2023.
  46. ^ "Dr. Timothy L. Hall to Retire as 12th President of Mercy College in June 2023". Mercy College. Retrieved March 3, 2023.
  47. ^ "Office of the President". Mercy College. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  48. ^ "Office of the President". Mercy University. Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  49. ^ Rooney, Randi. "Beloved Mercy Founder, Author, Distinguished Professor d'Heurle Passes at 95". The Impact. Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  50. ^
  51. ^ "| Mercy College". Archived from the original on December 19, 2019.
  52. ^ Vargas, Jose Antonio (September 20, 2010). "The Face of Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg Opens Up". The New Yorker. Retrieved July 18, 2017.


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