While students will invest a great deal of time and effort on their academic studies, it’s a commonly referenced fact that students will spend, on average, more than 85% of their time outside the classroom. Aside from studying, there are a wide variety of extracurricular and social events for students to enjoy. Making the most of the Mercyhurst experience means choosing to be an engaged member of the campus community. Research shows that an engaged student is more likely to succeed! We encourage students to join a club or organization, attend campus activities, participate in a variety of service and leadership events, and partake in the various athletic and cultural events on campus.
Another important part of your development will be learning to advocate on your own behalf. Mercyhurst University encourages you to seek out a faculty, staff, administrator or coach to help you sort out the problem, identify potential solutions, and rally you to pursue those solutions. Students may face difficult or uncomfortable situations – a roommate conflict, homesickness, difficulties in a class, or navigating the financial aid process – while adjusting to college life.
Mercyhurst University has a number of support services and offices that help students become engaged, healthy, and happy members of the college community. We hope you’ll spend some time learning about some of the resources mentioned in this section.