On behalf of the Mercyhurst North East family, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our beautiful campus. As a member of our community you have both rights and responsibilities. This Student Handbook & Code of Conduct
will help to clarify many of them. I encourage you to take the opportunity to read it carefully.
We first opened our gates in 1991 with an entering class of 53 students. We have grown to over 1000 students, with 260 living in on-campus housing. We consider ourselves an opportunity college, giving students the opportunity to both achieve, and in some cases to fail. You are the one who decides what to do with the opportunity you have been afforded. My advice is to choose wisely.
The best thing about being a member of a college community is taking part in all of the different educational arenas. Valuable lifelong learning can and does take place outside the classroom walls. This is now your campus. We encourage you to become involved in Student Government, the Student Activities Committee, the clubs, athletics, etc. From teamwork to problem solving, from planning to attending, your experience and enjoyment depends on your involvement. Your time here is what you make of it. Get involved and make a difference. We challenge you to make Mercyhurst North East a better place.
My personal advice is to stay on top on your studies, ask for help when you need it and above all, treat others the way you would like to be treated. In a short period of time, others will form their opinions of you based on what you do and how you treat them. You have the opportunity to create your own image. Do it wisely.
Good luck and enjoy your stay. Make Mercyhurst North East your temporary home. We all hope to have the opportunity to shake your hand on graduation day.
-Dr. Kenneth Zirkle, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Mercyhurst University-The North East Campus