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Dr. Kathleen Owens, President Gwynedd Mercy University

When the Sisters of Mercy founded Gwynedd-Mercy College in 1948, they set out to create a Catholic institution that prepares students in the Mercy tradition of service to society, structuring lives and careers with deep meaning. Sixty-four years later, as the calculator replaced the slide rule, iPad supplanted the notebook, and buildings rose and fell, education has evolved, but the lessons have remained the same. Gwynedd-Mercy College is fueled by a proud Mercy heritage, teaching students to value diversity and entertain new ideas.

At the core of Gwynedd-Mercy College, there are more than 40 undergraduate majors, graduate programs in business, education and nursing and accelerated degree programs for working adults. These strong programs prepare students to become leaders in professions that will be increasing in demand and societal importance this century. Our relationship with area schools, businesses and other professional networks provide students with unique internship opportunities and unparalleled preparation for post-graduate work and nascent careers. To expand upon global awareness and gain personal experience with other cultures, students have the opportunity to travel for service learning or study abroad.

In the U.S. News & World Report 2012 edition of “Best Colleges,” Gwynedd-Mercy College once again ranked in the first tier of our category, which is largely attributed to our high graduation and retention rates.

We are situated on 160 beautiful acres that combines the comfort and safety of a residential campus with close proximity to entertainment, culture and business connections in Philadelphia. Our enrollment of more than 2,700 students means we’re large enough to offer a vibrant campus life, but small enough so that professors can develop mentoring relationships with students.

Gwynedd-Mercy College students can choose to live on campus with nearly 600 of their peers among four residence halls. There are more than 30 clubs and activities for student involvement. We offer 19 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports teams and a variety of intramural sports. In the fall of 2008, a turf field was added plus stands for about 1,000 Griffin fans. The state-of-the-art facility is equipped with training rooms, a press box, stadium lighting for night games, snack concessions and a running track.

Several years ago, we launched the Gwynedd-Mercy College Futures Campaign to build upon our proud tradition of preparing distinguished Mercy graduates. Our initial campaign objectives include improving upon academic excellence, endowment, student life and annual giving. The campaign also includes the new School of Education and School of Business building at the heart of campus. On March 14, 2012, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to commemorate the beginning of construction.

Whether you are a student making a college choice, a parent seeking pertinent academic or financial information, one of more than 17,000 alums wishing to learn about happenings at your alma mater, a potential donor seeking to make a wise and prudent investment, or a cyber traveler surfing the web, you are a welcome visitor. Enjoy your journey.


President Kathleen Owens, PhD