Mercy & Tradition

Mercy in Action

Mercy is our middle name. Making a difference in our communities is what we do.

Gwynedd Mercy University was founded in 1948 by the Sisters of Mercy. For nearly 200 years, the Sisters of Mercy have been serving the most vulnerable among us, finding ways to heal the sick, administer to the poor, and educate the next generation of servant-leaders.

GMercyU carries forth their mission by preparing students for successful careers and lives filled with meaning and purpose. Our tradition of service touches everything we do, from classes to clubs to Alternative Spring Break trips and beyond.

A Few Things to Know About Us

Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice are the Core Values that inform the GMercyU experience, with a special focus on the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy: Earth, Immigration, Anti-Racism, Non-Violence, Women.

Alternative Spring Break trips enable students to dedicate their spring break to serving communities in need across the country.

Mission trips, our Dublin pilgrimage, and serving with our Campus Ministry are other great ways to make a difference as a GMercyU Griffin. 

In and out of the classroom, our students learn to become ethical leaders in their future careers.

The community feel and the Critical Concerns of Mercy have brought really great people to GMercyU, and that’s enabled me to make bonds I’ll probably have for the rest of my life.” —Giavanna DeMarco ’20, Psychology


A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just." —Pope Francis

  • 17
    Mercy colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • 1827
    is the year Catherine McAuley founded the House of Mercy to educate young women and girls
  • 100%
    of first-year, full-time students participate in community service