Mercy College (New York)
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|President||Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D.|
|Location||Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA|
|Colors||Blue, White and Grey|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II|
|Sports||10 Varsity Teams|
Mercy College (Mercy or Mercy NY) is a four year, private, non-sectarian, non-profit liberal arts college with its main campus in Dobbs Ferry, New York, alongside the Hudson River, with additional locations in Manhattan, Bronx and Yorktown Heights.
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy 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 set a course for its future with a series of actions including declaring itself 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, 30 diverse graduate programs have been introduced, and in 2006, the College was granted authorization to offer its first doctoral program in physical therapy. 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 College students take one or all of their courses online through the more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs offered.
The Interim President is Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D.
The College has five schools: Business, Education, Health & Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social & Behavioral Sciences—and offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs, including more than two dozen that can be completed online.
The faculty comprises 188 full-time members, including 26 professors, 61 associate professors, 86 assistant professors, and 15 instructors.
Mercy College runs the Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) Program, a mentoring program that aims to maximize students’ success through comprehensive collaboration between students and professional mentors, and to address the national agenda to raise the number of college graduates in America. PACT students are provided professional mentors who facilitate integrated support for academic, career, and personal growth. Together, student and mentor create a customized plan.
Mercy offers an Honors Program for high achieving students.
Notable features across the five schools are:
- In the “Race to the Top” competition, the School of Education received the largest grant in New York State for the education of next generation math teachers.
- The Bronx Parent Center is an innovative program empowering parents to support their children’s education through workshops, resources and leadership development. The Center also serves as a training ground for the School of Education students to engage with parents in educational decision-making, as well as a research base for faculty to investigate best practices in parent engagement.
- The Veterinary Technology Program is the only 4-year program of its kind in the Tri-State area and graduates have achieved a 100% pass rate on their National Boards for more than 18 years (the national average is 70%).
- The state-of-the-art Roy Disney Studio for Animation Studies exposes students to some of the most influential names in animation and design.
- Thomas Culhane, a faculty member, was named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer of the Year in 2009.
- Students, faculty and the community are further enriched by a number of centers including the Center for Global Engagement, Cybersecurity Education Center, Speech and Hearing Center, and Centers of Excellence within the Business School including the Strategic Consulting Institute, Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Business Communication, Center for International Business, Women’s Leadership Institute and Lifepath Coaching Institute.
Student Population and Class Size
The undergraduate population includes 5,505 full-time and 2,524 part-time students with 26 percent of freshmen and 8 percent of all full-time undergraduates residing in campus-affiliated housing. While the majority of students are New York residents, students represent 18 states and 43 countries. The retention rate for freshmen is 68 percent and the six-year graduation rate is 34 percent. Mercy College offers small class sizes with an average student/faculty ratio of 20:1. 92% of students are commuters; 8% live in campus housing. Mercy College has 67.9% female students and 32.1% male students.
Mercy College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College holds professional accreditations with:
- Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
- Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistant
- 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 College’s main campus encompasses 55 acres alongside the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, New York, a suburb of Westchester County, 25 miles north of New York City. In addition to academic and administrative buildings, it houses the College’s residence and athletics programs. Mercy College has submitted plans to build a new residence hall on campus. The Manhattan Campus is situated in the heart of Manhattan at Herald Square. The Bronx Campus occupies 125,000 square feet at the Hutchinson Metro Center, a rapidly developing complex of corporate and health care organizations and businesses. The campus at Yorktown Heights also houses a significant number of administrative units of the College.
Mercy College sponsors an intramural sports program as well as intercollegiate competition in 10 varsit Varsity teams compete at the Division II level. The College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the East Coast Conference (ECC). Varsity men’s programs include baseball, basketball, lacrosse and soccer. Women’s athletic teams compete in 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, overlooking the Hudson River.
Mercy College has over 34,000 undergraduate alumni of record with an additional 13,637 graduate alumni of record.
Mercy College, through a partnership with Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, provides a Bachelor of Science degree and Associate in Science degree in Behavioral Science to incarcerated individuals (prison education) at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York. Since federal funding for prison education programs was eliminated in 1994, the Mercy College/Hudson Link partnership is one of only a small number of programs in the country of its kind.