One year after President Michael Victor took over in August 2015, Mercyhurst University announced record-breaking freshman enrollment and fundraising.
This fall, 734 freshmen are set to join the school this fall, and more than $6.57 million was earned in 2015-16.
“At a time when many higher education
institutions are grappling with declining enrollments, we are thrilled to have
an enrollment that exceeds expectations,” Victor said. “We are also pleased to
have accomplished this without lowering our standards in any way…We found new
ways of telling the Mercyhurst story to more people and it showed; our campus
visits were up 40 percent this year over last. We also implemented a number of
data-driven strategies that will remain proprietary.”
Mercyhurst’s incoming freshmen are
qualified as well as numerous, with one in eight having high school grade point
averages over 4.0. The show of confidence from the school’s growing enrollment
was echoed in fundraising, where new pledges increased 279 percent from the
previous fiscal year.
“These generous gifts are an expression of
confidence in Mercyhurst University and the strategic path we have charted for
our future," Victor said. "In addition, it is clear that our many friends and donors recognize
the capacity for Mercyhurst to contribute to the welfare of our city, state and
nation… Mercyhurst is a family; it’s also a feeling, and that intangible, while
hard to put into words, is what unites us all.”
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