Parents FAQs


As you prepare to send your child off to college, you will probably have more than a few questions. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from parents. Take a look below for answers to questions about everything from academics to living on campus, and many things in between. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for below, just give us a call. We’ll be happy to help!

FAQs for Parents 

Choose from one or more of the links below to find answers to some of our parents' most frequently asked questions.

Academics
Admissions and Aid
Campus Life
Tuition Costs and Payments

ACADEMICS

What degree programs do you offer?
Does my child have to declare a major right away?
What opportunities are there to gain real-world experience?
Do you offer study abroad opportunities?
How big are classes?
What academic resources are available? Do they cost extra?
How can I see my student’s grades?
How does my child get extra help if needed?

ADMISSIONS AND AID

What is your application deadline?
Are standardized test scores required for admission?
Do you offer financial aid?
How do we apply for financial aid?
What is Gwynedd Mercy University’s financial aid/FAFSA code?
Do you offer merit scholarships?
Do you accept transfer credits from other schools?

CAMPUS LIFE

Where will my child live?
How will my child be matched with a roommate?
What should my child do to resolve a roommate issue?
Can my child have a car on campus?
What is there to do on campus?
Is campus safe?
What happens if my child gets sick?
Do you require and offer health insurance?
Is there an ATM on campus?
Will my child need a printer on campus?
Is GMercyU a smoke-free campus?

TUITION COSTS AND PAYMENTS

What are your tuition costs?
Who should I call if I have questions about my child’s tuition bill?
Do you accept tuition payments online?
What is FERPA?

Frequently Asked Questions About Academics

What degree programs do you offer?
We offer more than 30 undergraduate degree programs in a wide variety of fields. Your child also can choose from 19 different undergraduate minors, and take advantage of many internship and other hands-on learning experiences. To learn more about the options available, go to our Programs page.

Does my child have to declare a major right away?
No at all.  Actually, about 15% of our incoming students do not declare a major right away and instead start out in our University Studies program.  Our University Studies program includes special advising and other services to support your child in first exploring the many options available and then determining which major is the best fit based on his or her interests, abilities and aspirations.

What opportunities are there to gain real-world experience?
Hands-on learning will play an integral role in your child’s GMercyU experience. Aside from engaging in real-world projects and case studies in class, other opportunities to gain real-world experience through internships, clinicals, student teaching and networking events are highly encouraged and often required as part of our degree programs.  In some programs, students begin to gain hands-on experience outside the classroom as early as freshman year; others wait until their junior or senior years.

Our Alternative Spring Break service trips provide yet another way for students to apply their skills, make a real difference in the lives of others, and expand their world view at the same time.

Do you offer study abroad opportunities?
Yes! Studying abroad, for a semester or a couple of weeks, is an excellent way for students to expand their horizons and broaden their understanding of other cultures.  Students can choose from among 26 different countries for a study abroad experience.  Our Alternative Spring Break service trips and shorter edu-tourism trips throughout the year also provide a way for students to learn and grow in another country. Want to know more?  Visit our Study Abroad page.

How big are classes?
Our small classes are one of the best parts about choosing GMercyU!  Our spring 2017 student-to-faculty ratio was 11:1, and most classes have fewer than 20 students.  That means your child won’t ever be in a class with hundreds of other students, which is a fairly common experience at much larger schools. This small, close-knit learning environment really helps students get to know their professors and classmates.

What academic resources are available? Do they cost extra?
There are many ways for your child to get academic support at no additional cost. In addition to faculty who will be there to support your child every step of the way, our Academic Resource Center provides one-on-one tutoring, advising, and workshops to support students in meeting their academic goals. We also have a fully equipped library, computer labs, and quiet study areas where students can focus on their studies. When students want help deciding on a career path or gaining additional real-world experience, the Career Development Center is the place to go.

How can I see my student’s grades?
Grades will be sent directly to your child, who is free to share them with you.  Students can provide consent to share information on academic progress with parents by completing a FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) form.  You can read more about FERPA on our policies page.

How does my child get extra help if needed?
In addition to speaking directly with a professor or academic advisor, your child also can go to the Academic Resource Center for one-on-one tutoring, advising or other academic assistance.  Trained professionals in our Counseling Center and Health and Wellness Center also can support your child in addressing any physical or mental health-related issues.  If your child needs help deciding on a career path, landing an internship, or preparing to land a full-time position after graduation, our Career Development Center is ready to assist.

Frequently Asked Questions About Admissions & Aid

What is your application deadline?
We have a rolling admissions policy, which means students receive an admissions decision within a couple of weeks after submitting a completed application.  For more details on what’s needed, visit our Application Requirements page.

Are standardized test scores required for admission?
Yes. We required first-time students to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application for admission.  Transfer students who have 24 or more transfer credits do not need to submit standardized test scores.

Do you offer financial aid?
Yes!  In fact, in 2015 100% of our first-time, full-time students received some kind of financial aid. We offer generous merit scholarships, as well as need-based grants, scholarships and loans. 

More information on available GMercyU scholarships and other 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. 

Admissions: 800-342-5462; admissions@gmercyu.edu
Financial Aid: 215-646-7300 ext. 216; financialaid@gmercyu.edu

How do we 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.

If you still have questions, give our Admissions or Financial Aid office a call.

Admissions: 800-342-5462; admissions@gmercyu.edu
Financial Aid: 215-646-7300 ext. 216; financialaid@gmercyu.edu

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

Do you offer merit scholarships?
Yes! We offer generous merit scholarships ranging from $11,000 to full tuition annually for first-time students. Transfer students are eligible for scholarships of up to $15,000 a year. We also offer a Catholic High School grant, and participate in other scholarship programs.  For details on eligibility requirements, amounts, and renewability, visit our Scholarships page.

Do you accept transfer credits from other schools?
Yes! We accept transfer credits from other accredited colleges and universities, and have specially-trained admissions counselors who work with transfer students to make sure they get as much transfer credit as possible. To learn more about transferring to Gwynedd Mercy University, visit our Transfer Admissions page. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Campus Life

Where will my child live?
There are four residence halls on campus, and all are within a short walk of classroom, dining, and athletic facilities. Each of our residence halls include 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 my child be matched with a roommate?
There are a series of questions on the housing application (PDF) that help us match roommates based on their living preferences. Once we receive all the housing applications, our trained residence life staff begins the process of making matches based on students’ responses.  If your child already has a roommate in mind, there’s a place to include that person’s name on the form.  Rest assured.  Most roommate matches turn out just fine, but if your child is not happy, our trained Residence Life team will be there to help.  

What should my child do to resolve a roommate issue?
The first step is to have an open and honest conversation with the roommate. If that doesn’t work, your child should speak with a Resident Assistant who can help resolve the situation or put your child in contact with our Associate Director for Residence Life.

Can my child have a car on campus?
Yes! All that’s required is a parking permit, which costs $75 for resident students and $45 for commuters.

What is there to do on campus?
In addition to dozens of organized clubs and many, many planned activities, there are plenty of open spaces where students can spend time with friends, study or just relax.  There is cardio equipment, weights, and basketball and racquetball courts in the Griffin Complex, as well as outdoor tennis and basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, and open field areas where students can play soccer, lacrosse, field hockey or flag football.  In addition to our 19 NCAA Division III athletic teams, we’re also adding a new intramural sports program in fall 2016.  

Our bike and car share program, along with our free shuttle service, the Griffin Loop, gives students access to transportation to local shopping and dining areas. A local train to Philadelphia is within minutes of campus, and the trip into the city takes about 30 minutes.  

Is campus safe?
Making sure campus is safe and secure is one of our top priorities, and we’re very proud of our record in this area. 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. Gwynedd Mercy University automatically inputs every community members’ phone number into the emergency alert system unless he/she decides to opt out of receiving emergency notifications. 

What happens if my child gets sick?
Located in Loyola Hall, the Health and Wellness Center is open to all GMercyU students.  Trained nurses are on staff, and physicians are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Walk-ins are welcome, but we encourage students to make an appointment to ensure prompt attention.  All full-time students are required to have a health form on file so our staff can provide them with the health services they need.

Do you require and offer health insurance?
Yes, all full-time students are required to have health insurance. Students who already have health insurance can complete a waiver form by a specified date. Otherwise, students are enrolled in, and billed for, the University’s comprehensive student health plan. To learn more about the University’s plan or to download a waiver form, visit the Student Health Insurance page.

Is there an ATM on campus?
Yes. There is a TD Bank ATM located in the lobby of St. Bernard Hall.

Will my child need a printer on campus?

The first 250 copies are free for each GMercyU student. 

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 and applies to students, faculty, staff and all visitors on campus.

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 About Tuition Costs and Payments

What are your tuition costs?
Tuition varies depending on the degree program your child chooses.  A full breakdown of costs is available on our Tuition and Fees page.  Looking for estimated cost of attendance, including estimated scholarship and other financial aid amounts? Complete the Net Price Calculator.

Who should I call if I have questions about my child’s tuition bill?
The Bursar’s Office is reachable at 215-644-7300, ext. 278, 593 or 591. Please note: In order to discuss your child’s bill with you, your child must have completed a FERPA consent form.  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires your student to provide consent in order for us to discuss billing issues with you.  The FERPA consent form is available on our website. 

Do you accept tuition payments online?
Yes! Gwynedd Mercy University offers an online payment service to pay tuition bills by credit card (Visa® and MasterCard®) or ACH/Electronic Check. Online payments can be made through Self-Service.  Students must have an active Gwynedd Mercy University student account to access Self-Service.

What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires your student to provide consent in order for us to discuss billing and financial aid issues with you.  More information on the FERPA is available on the Policies pageour website.