Admissions FAQs

You have questions. We have answers. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions on everything from what programs we offer to what it’s like to live on campus. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

 Tell me more about being an undergraduate student on the Main Campus in Gwynedd Valley, Pa.

 Tell me more about being an online/accelerated student.

 Get some tips on preparing for your first year of college.

Frequently asked questions for undergraduate Main Campus students

Choose one of the areas below for a list of FAQs on that topic.

Academics
Admissions and Aid
Campus Life
 

ACADEMICS

What degree programs do you offer?
Do I have to declare a major right away?
What makes Gwynedd Mercy University different than other liberal arts universities?
Are there opportunities to learn outside the classroom?
Can I study abroad?
How big are classes?

ADMISSIONS AND AID

What is your application deadline?
Do you offer financial aid?
How do I apply for financial aid?
What is Gwynedd Mercy University’s financial aid/FAFSA code?
What are your tuition costs?
Do you accept transfer credits from other schools?

CAMPUS LIFE

What do I need to do to prepare for college?
What are GMercyU students like?
What’s it like to live on campus?
Where will I live?
How will I be matched with a roommate?
How’s the food?
How big is campus?
Can I have a car on campus?
What is there to do on campus?
Is campus safe?
Is GMercyU a smoke-free campus?

Frequently Asked Questions About Academics

What degree programs do you offer?
We offer more than 40 different degree programs in a wide variety of areas at the undergraduate and graduate level. You also can choose from 19 different undergraduate minors, and take advantage of the many internship and other hands-on learning experiences available at GMercyU. Want to know more? Our Programs page includes a list of all programs, or check out our Career Outcomes pages.

Do I have to declare a major right away?
Nope. More than 15% of our incoming students do not declare a major right away. To help you discover the path that’s right for you, we’ve created a University Studies program that includes special advising and other services to support you as you determine which direction you want to go.

What makes Gwynedd Mercy University different than other liberal arts universities?
Great question! Lots of smaller, liberal arts colleges and universities talk about the level of personal attention you’ll receive and how you’ll benefit from taking liberal arts courses. But at GMercyU, you’re going to find professors who not only know your name, but genuinely care about your success – inside and outside the classroom.  They will help you network with people in your field, develop real-world experience in your discipline, and build your resume before you graduate.  Equally important, they will help you develop the variety of skills you need to succeed in your career and in your life. Yes, it’s essential to develop practical knowledge and skills in your field, but it’s also important to develop the transferrable skills that all employers demand – skills like communication, collaboration, ethical decision-making, and problem-solving. We’ll help you develop the whole package at GMercyU.

Are there opportunities to learn outside the classroom?
Absolutely! Hands-on learning plays an integral role in the GMercyU experience. Internships, clinicals, student teaching and other opportunities to gain real-world experience are highly encouraged and often required as part of your degree program.  In some programs, you’ll begin to gain the hands-on experience as early as your freshman year! We even have a licensed child development nursery and preschool right on campus where our education, psychology, science and other majors can put their skills to the test by teaching some of the most adorable young learners around!

If research is your thing, you may even get to present your research findings at a regional or national professional conference. 

Our Alternative Spring Break service experiences provide yet another way for you to use your skills to make a real difference in the lives of others, while also expanding your world view and building your resume. It’s definitely worth doing.

Opportunities to learn outside the classroom are only limited by your own imagination and determination!

Can I study abroad?
You bet! It’s a wonderful way to expand your horizons, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Currently, you can choose from among 26 different countries for a study abroad experience.  In addition to full-semester study abroad programs, we also have students going abroad during Alternative Spring Break service experiences and shorter edu-tourism trips throughout the year. Learn more on our Study Abroad page.

How big are classes?
Ah, that’s one of the best parts of choosing GMercyU! Our classes are small, so you have plenty of opportunities to really get to know your professors and fellow classmates.

Our spring 2017 student-to-faculty ratio was 11:1.  That means, most of your classes will have fewer than 20 students, and you won’t ever find yourself in a class with hundreds of other students, a fairly common experience at much larger schools.

Frequently Asked Questions About Admissions and Aid

What is your application deadline?
We have a rolling admissions policy, which means you will receive an admissions decision within a couple of weeks after submitting a completed application.  For more details on what you need to provide, go to our Application Requirements page.

Ready to apply? Fill out your online undergraduate admissions application now!

Do you offer financial aid?
Yes!  In fact, in 2015 100% of our first-time, full-time students received some kind of financial aid. From generous merit scholarships to need-based grants and loans, we’re committed to helping make a great education affordable.

More information on available GMercyU scholarships and other types of aid is just a click away.  You also can speak to someone in our Admissions Office or Financial Aid Office if you have additional questions. 

How do I apply for financial aid?
Detailed instructions on how to apply for financial aid are on our Starting the Financial Aid Process page. For helpful hints on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), take a look at our FAFSA Quick Tips info graphic.

For access to the needed financial aid forms, please visit our financial aid Applications and Forms page.

What are your tuition costs?
Tuition varies depending on your program and whether you’re completing your degree on campus, online or in an accelerated format.  A full breakdown of costs is available on our Tuition and Fees page. Check it out!

Do you accept transfer credits from other schools?
Of course! We accept transfer credits from other accredited colleges and universities, and have specially-trained admissions counselors who work with transfer students to make sure you get the credit you deserve. To learn more about transferring to Gwynedd Mercy University, visit our Transfer Admissions page or join us at an upcoming Transfer Tuesday event.

Frequently Asked Questions About Campus Life

What do I need to do to prepare for college?
There's a lot to do in the summer before your freshman year of college. Aside from the packing, form completion and purchasing of Twin XL sheets, you'll want to spend time with your friends and family and learn how to do things you may have never done, like laundry!

Sound overwhelming? Check out our infographic about preparing for college. And take a deep breath; you'll do great!

What are GMercyU students like?
In a word: Fantastic! Our students hail from cities and towns that range from 15 minutes to 7,000 miles away.  Some play sports, while others focus on building their skills by participating in the business, psychology or Best Buddies clubs. Many students participate in more than one club or organization, and even more than that take advantage of the extensive number of campus activities and events held throughout the year. And then there’s service. Service is a big part of the GMercyU experience, and students and staff alike give of their time and expertise to those who need it most.

Aside from our students DO, it’s important to consider who they ARE.  They are people who care about making a difference – in their lives and in the lives of others.  But, don’t take our word for it.  Schedule a campus visit and see for yourself!

Here are some other fun facts about our undergraduate students.

  • 24 – Our students come from 24 different states.
  • 38 – Our students come from 38 different countries (by citizenship).
  • 89% of students are from Pennsylvania and 11% are from other states.
  • 35% of our undergraduates are the first in their families to go to college.
  • 16% of our undergraduate students enroll without having decided on a major. 
  • 9,000 – Our students performed 9,000 hours of community service in 2014.

What’s it like to live on campus?

We think you will LOVE living on campus. In addition to being able to roll out of bed and get to class within minutes, you also will be able to spend more time with your friends – hanging out, participating in campus activities, and of course, studying. 

Did you know that studies show that students who live on campus often maintain higher GPAs and are more likely to graduate within four years? Living on campus also provides more opportunities to take an active role in student life, including joining our Residence Life team! 

Our motto: Live Here. Play Here. Succeed Here.

Where will I live?
There are four residence halls on campus, and all are within a short walk of classroom, dining, and athletic facilities. Regardless of which one you live in, you will have amenities such as Wi-Fi access, cable, community kitchens and lounge areas, and brand new washers and dryers that can be used at no cost. 

Want to know more? Take a closer look at our Residence Halls page.

How will I be matched with a roommate?
Ah, now that really is a frequently asked question! Our roommate matching process is part art and part science. When you fill out your housing application, you will be asked to answer a series of questions about your living preferences, including whether you are a morning person or a night person, and whether you prefer a quiet room or don’t mind a little noise. Once we receive all the housing applications, our trained residence life staff begins the process of making matches based on your preferences.  If you already have a roommate in mind, there’s a place for you to include that person’s name on the form.  And don’t worry! Most roommate matches turn out just fine, but if you are not happy, your resident assistant will be there to help.  

Ready to get started? Fill out your New Student Housing Application today!

How’s the food?
Delicious, plentiful and varied. Whether you’re eating in our all-you-care-to-eat dining hall, enjoying a wood-fired pizza from The Pep (Pepperazzi), or grabbing a quick salad or sandwich from St. Bernard’s Grille, you’re sure to find something that’s not only delicious but nutritious. You also can grab a quick jolt of caffeine and a snack from several on-campus cafes. If you live on campus, you can even cook something up in the kitchen that’s located in each of the residence halls.  

When you want a change of scene, dozens of local restaurants are within minutes of campus, and the Philadelphia food scene is just 30 minutes away.
To learn more about dining options, visit our Dining Services page.

How big is campus?
Gwynedd Mercy University has a beautiful 160-acre campus that’s home to nearly 2,000 undergraduate students. We also have three satellite campuses in center city Philadelphia, East Norriton and Bensalem where our growing population of graduate and professional studies students take classes.

Want to take a closer look? Schedule a Campus Visit or take a Virtual Tour now!

Can I have a car on campus?
Of course! All you will need is a parking permit, which costs $75 for resident students and $45 for commuters.

What is there to do on campus?
Mmmm, where to begin… There are so many choices, it’s hard to know where to start. In addition to dozens of organized clubs and many, many planned activities, there are plenty of open spaces where you can hang out with friends, play a pickup game of basketball, or take a nap under a beautiful tree. If exercise is your thing, you can use the cardio equipment, lift weights, and play basketball and racquetball in the Griffin Complex, or take a long run around the tree-lined campus. Tennis courts? Yup, we’ve got those too. Intramural sports? You bet! Our intramural program started in fall 2016, and our champions have the opportunity to play the winning intramural team from another college.

Still looking for more? Our bike and car share program, along with our free shuttle service, the Griffin Loop, gives you access to wheels when you want them. So if you want a change of scene, you can hop in the car for dinner and a movie, or take the shuttle to the local mall. And the sights and sounds of one of the greatest cities in the world are just 30 minutes away!  Once in Philly, you can see a concert, take in a ball game, explore a museum, go shopping, and sample some of the best food around.

Is campus safe?

Making sure campus is safe and secure is one of our top priorities. Our Office of Public Safety is located in St. Brigid Hall and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Public Safety officers patrol the campus throughout the day and night, and we have a close relationship with the local police department. In fact, the current Chief of Police at the Lower Gwynedd Police Department is a GMercyU grad!

We have multiple emergency call stations throughout campus, will provide an escort across campus to anyone who wants it, and have an emergency messaging system in place to alert students, faculty and staff of weather-related closing and other emergency-related situations on campus via voicemail, email and text message.  

Entry to the residence halls is granted only via an ID swipe card. We also encourage all students, faculty and staff to contact our Office of Public Safety if they see or hear something that may require attention.

Students, faculty and staff are also alerted to campus closings and emergency situations via our emergency alert system, e2Campus, which sends time-sensitive messaging to mobile phones and email addresses. Your phone number is automatically entered into the emergency alert system unless you opt out. 

​​​​​​​Is GMercyU a smoke-free campus?

Yes! Starting on August 1, 2017, GMercyU will join nearly 1,800 other college and university campuses across the country in going completely tobacco and smoke-free. The new policy prohibits the use of all tobacco and smoke-inducing products in all GMercyU campus locations, including parking areas. The decision to go smoke-free was based on requests from our Student Government Association and is part of our Healthy Campus Initiative, which focuses on providing a healthy and safe campus environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors.  

Frequently Asked Questions for Online/Accelerated Students

Choose one of the areas below for a list of FAQs on that topic.

Academics
Admissions and Aid

Frequently Asked Questions About Online/Accelerated Academics

What accelerated/online degree programs do you offer?

Are your accelerated programs offered online or on ground?

How long are your online/accelerated programs?

What resources are available to me as an online student?

What can I expect in an online course?

Is Gwynedd Mercy University an accredited university?

What accelerated/online degree programs do you offer?
We offer a wide range of programs in the areas of business, education, psychology and nursing. Different programs are offered at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate level.  We also offer a wide variety of certification programs.  Want to know more?  Our Programs page includes a list of all programs. 

Are your accelerated programs offered online or on ground? 

Both!  We offer programs that are 100% online, as well as programs that you can take on ground.  We even offer some hybrid programs that include a mix of online and on-ground learning. The length of your courses will be the same regardless of what format you choose.  

The online format gives you the freedom to complete your coursework at a time and place that’s convenient for you, while the on- ground format offers regular face-to-face interaction with faculty and students. In addition to our Main Campus in Gwynedd Valley, Pa., we have three satellite campuses in the Philadelphia region – Center City, Bensalem, and East Norriton – where adults students meet for their on-ground accelerated programs.  

How long are your online/accelerated programs?
Course and program length vary depending on the type of degree and the number of credits required to earn that degree. Our undergraduate accelerated courses are five weeks in length while our graduate accelerated courses are seven weeks in length.  Students take one course at a time. To find out the length of your program visit the Programs page, and choose the program that interests you. 

What resources are available to me as an online student?
As an online student you will have access to all of the same resources as our on-ground students.  Students have access to Keiss Library, the Career Development Center, and our Academic Resource Center.  Online students have access to a 24/7 online tutoring service, Smarthinking, in addition to on- ground tutoring services.  Students can access Smarthinking by loggin in to their BlackBoard portal.

What can I expect in an online course?
To facilitate online courses, we use BlackBoard, a virtual learning environment and course management system.  Typically, assignments and discussion boards will be posted through BlackBoard at the beginning of each week.  The online format operates under an asynchronous learning format, so the coursework is done at your own pace within the parameters of assignment deadlines.

Is Gwynedd Mercy University an accredited university?
Yes! Gwynedd Mercy University is regionally accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For more information on the university's accreditation and special accreditation that's held within our schools, visit our accreditation page.

Frequently Asked Questions About Admissions and Aid for Online/Accelerated Students

What are you admissions requirements for accelerated/online programs?

What are the tuition costs for online/accelerated programs?

Do you offer financial aid for online/accelerated programs?

How do I apply for financial aid?

What is Gwynedd Mercy University's financial aid code?

Do you accept transfer credits for online/accelerated programs?

What are your admissions requirements for accelerated/online programs?
The admission requirements vary depending on the program and level of education you are pursuing.  To learn more, go to the online/accelerated application requirements page.  

What are the tuition costs for online/accelerated programs?
Tuition varies depending on your program.  A full breakdown of costs is available on our Tuition and Fees page. 

Do you offer financial aid for online/accelerated programs?
Yes!  More information on available financial aid options is just a click away.  You also can speak to someone in our Admissions Office or Financial Aid Office if you have additional questions. 

accelerate@gmercyu.edu
Phone: 877-499-6333 (toll-free)
Fax: 215-643-9104
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Mailing address:
480 East Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401

How do I apply for financial aid?
Detailed instructions on how to apply for financial aid are on our Starting the Financial Aid Process page. For tips on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), take a look at our FAFSA info graphic.

For access to the needed financial aid forms, please visit our Applications and Forms page.

What is Gwynedd Mercy University’s financial aid/FAFSA code?
GMercyU’s federal code is 003270.

Do you accept transfer credits for online/accelerated programs?
Yes!  We accept transfer credits for our online/accelerated programs.  The amount of transferable credit for our undergraduate programs varies by degree.  Our graduate programs accept up to six qualifying transferable credits.  Certification-only programs will vary in the number of transferable credits accepted.  Visit the Programs page to learn more about the amount of transfer credits accepted for your preferred program.