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Number of Students

557 (19% international)

SAT Average




Mercyhurst Preparatory School

Private Boarding School – Erie , Pennsylvania

Mercyhurst Preparatory School (MPS) is a Catholic college prep school for grades 9-12 on a beautiful campus. Students at Mercyhurst Prep can choose one of three tracks: College Preparatory Program, Honors Program or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB). All students also have the opportunity to participate in athletic, co-curricular activities and/or social events. Honors or IB students can dual enroll at Mercyhurst University located adjacent to MPS. Additional ESL classes and tutors are available for students who are seeking additional assistance in the program.

The facilities include a new auditorium/theater, a DREAM Lab (design, research, arts, engineering, and math), and a dining hall.

Sports and Arts
Mercyhurst Preparatory School has won eight State Championships and each year dozens of MPS student athletes go on to compete at the collegiate level. MPS also takes the time to nurture each student’s appreciation for arts with the award winning theater, music and almost 50 art courses.

Dormitories and Student Life
International students live in the dormitory situated on the spectacular 65 acre campus. The dorm offers a student lounge, study rooms, music room, gym, basketball courts and dining hall. The secure and safe campus is conveniently located near three major US cities. 

The city of Erie is located 2 hours north of Pittsburgh. Erie is just minutes from one of the famous Great Lakes, Lake Erie.

Area population: 100,671
City website: City of Erie / Visiting Erie, PA

Estimated Start Date: Late August
Estimated End Date: Mid-June

School Facts

Year Founded


Student Population


Number of Students

557 (19% international)



Teacher/Student Ratio


Average Class Size


ESL Programs


IB Programs


Offer Diploma


School Uniform


Campus Size

7 Acres

Religious Affiliation


SAT Average


Foreign Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

University Acceptance Rate



  • Art History
  • Ceramics I&II
  • Concert Choir
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Guitar
  • Jazz Band
  • Jewelry
  • Metals
  • Mixed Media
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Musical Theater
  • Orchestra
  • Painting
  • Piano
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Animation
  • Technical Theater Production
  • Yearbook

AP Courses: No AP Courses, Offers IB Courses.


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross Country Running
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • Baking
  • Feed the Hungry
  • Fitness
  • French
  • International Thespian Society
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math
  • Model United Nations
  • National Art Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • Orchestra
  • Ski
  • Show Choir
  • Spanish Language
  • Speech & Debate
  • Spiritual
  • Student Council
  • Travel
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Women's Studio

School Location

Partial List of College and University Acceptances

Boston College, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mercyhurst University, New York University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Vassar College, Villanova University, Vanderbilt University, Wheaton College

University Acceptance Rate:

Closest International and Local Airports: Erie International Airport (ERI)
For Details Visit Website:   Mercyhurst Preparatory School

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