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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy of Merion in 1948, Gwynedd Mercy University has a long history of helping students make a difference—in their lives and in the lives of others. GMercyU is shaped by our Catholic identity as well as our Mercy heritage and charism, with programs designed to prepare students to lead productive lives of deep meaning and value.
Through a commitment to an education rich in the liberal arts, Gwynedd Mercy University students are encouraged to explore multiple perspectives as they deepen their base of knowledge, develop their critical thinking and communication skills, and prepare to take their place in the world. On the road to becoming Distinctive Mercy Graduates, we offer a warm, welcoming, and inclusive community in which each student can learn and grow.
Gwynedd Mercy University is one of the 17 Catholic colleges and universities that comprise the Conference for Mercy Higher Education. Our heritage is based on the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy, the Catholic order founded by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland in 1831. Her mission was to serve people who were suffering injustices due to poverty, sickness, and a lack of education, especially women and children.
Today, Gwynedd Mercy University carries on this spirit by infusing the Mercy charism into our teaching and learning community. Mercy underpins our commitment to academic excellence and lifelong learning; our respect for the dignity of every human person; and our mission to educate the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. Through action and education, we aim to develop students who are professionally and personally prepared to promote compassion and justice toward those with less as they make a difference in their careers and communities.
We acknowledge that the land we are meeting on today is the original homeland of the Lenape nation. We acknowledge the painful history of this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land. Consistent with the University's commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, we will continue to develop our understanding of the historical and current experiences of all Native peoples.
Among Catholic colleges and universities, GMercyU has a strength in preparing students who are professionally competent, have a firm foundation in the liberal arts, and are committed to the Mercy tradition of service to humanity. Distinctive Mercy Graduates are more than just leaders in their fields. They are leaders with values — professionals who know what they stand for and who will live by their personal principles every day.
Contact us for more information about how the Mercy tradition shapes the GMercyU educational experience.