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5 College Freshman

Academics: Great classes & great teachers!

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4 College Senior

Academics: Business program just got newly accredited

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics here are awesome. The professors are great and really individualize attention if needed by a student. The small classes allows professors to get to know the students rather than just being a number.

4 College Junior

Academics: The nursing program here is phenomenal! All the professors are very helpful, and wants you to succeed in your major. They put a lot of time into teaching the students.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Excellent staff needs more staff members though

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Misericordia prides itself with this motto: "learn to succeed." So naturally, as at any institution, academics are the key to success. Students are placed into challenging classes that offer hands-on learning experiences. While classes are demanding and much effort is placed outside of the classroom in order to succeed, professors are always willing to help, and students tend to develop close relationships with them because of small class sizes. Professors often end up becoming friends with students, and they are even willing to help and offer advice well after the semester ends. Professors are reliable because they only want to see students succeed. No matter the time of day, students can call their professors just to ask a simple question about a project or assignment.

The institution lives up to its high academic standards because most students have a reserved spot on the Dean's List during all of their academic years at Misericordia. Most of the majors have a 100-percent passing rate, and students are always being recognized for succeeding academically both inside and outside of the classroom. When it comes to registering for classes, course scheduling is done online and can be a pain. Students schedule based on their academic year, so seniors have the most options, while freshmen may not get the classes they want.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
109
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
207
Total FT Faculty
109
Faculty with Terminal Degree
79%
Average Faculty Salary
$66,247
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
83%
Graduation Rate
68%
Programs/Majors Offered
39
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 8%
  • Health Services Preparation: 5%
  • Occupational Therapy: 4%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Don't be fooled: Online courses at Misericordia are harder than sit-in classes. Since everything is done online, the only relationship students have with their teacher is through e-mail. Online courses involve tons of reading from books and posting on a Misericordia interactive site called Blackboard. Online classes are more demanding, so students mostly choose to take them over the summer when they have more free time. At Misericordia, online courses are offered in just about every core course and also in courses related to specific majors.
Best Places to Study
  • The back of the second floor in Bevevino Library
  • Cougar's Den
  • Ground floor of Insalaco Hall
  • InterMetzo CafĂ©
  • McGowan Conference Room in the Bevevino Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Become friends with the RAs. They can help with problems and usually know what's going on around campus. They are also very close to one another, so being friends with one means being friends with all of them.
  • Concentrate on academics. While some classes aren't demanding, others are, depending on the major. Students who slack off for even a week might have problems catching up.
  • Get involved. Go to campus fair days in Banks Student Life Center. Signing up for activities is a great way to make friends.
  • Have fun. The friends made at Misericordia are friends that will last a lifetime. Don't be afraid to talk to upperclassmen. All of the students are friendly and willing to help other students.
  • Participate in student activities and join the Misericordia Activities Committee. This group is always looking for members with fresh ideas on what activities to bring to campus.
  • Talk to professors outside of the classroom. Most of the professors have worked at other prestigious places before landing jobs at Misericordia. They know people and knowing them can lead to larger opportunities in life.
Did You Know?
Many professors that work at Misericordia have obtained some type of degree from the University, as well.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 21 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 23 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 6 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 50% Karen Boback
  • 38% Dave Kern
  • 12% Zachary Lukeshefski

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% This was my dream school.
  • 67% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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