Mercy University is committed to providing motivated students the opportunity to transform their lives through higher education by offering liberal arts and professional programs in personalized and high quality learning environments, thus preparing students to embark on rewarding careers, to continue learning throughout their lives and to act ethically and responsibly in a changing world.


Mercy University History

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1950, Mercy University became a four-year college offering programs leading to the baccalaureate degree in 1961. Mercy was accredited by the Middle States Association’s Commission on Higher Education in 1968. In the next half-decade, Mercy University boldly set a course for its future with a series of actions including declaring itself independent, nonsectarian and coeducational. In addition, it doubled the size of the existing physical plant and initiated the first of many community outreach efforts.

Mercy’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. This expansion enhanced the College’s reach to the traditional college market and positioned Mercy University on the leading edge of higher education for those who were the first generation in their families to seek college degrees and the adult student market.

Always seeking ways to expand academic and career opportunities for its students, Mercy University was authorized to offer its first graduate program (in nursing) in 1981. 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). Mercy University has become one of the regional leaders in the preparation of health care professions as well as a leading provider of teacher education preparation for the New York City Schools and the surrounding communities.

Mercy University 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 students take one or all of their courses online through the more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs offered.

At the heart of Mercy University is its dedication to the motivated student, and Mercy University's commitment to quality, student support, and affordability - as well as innovation - remains as strong today as ever.