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Number of Students

557 (19% international)

SAT Average




Mercyhurst Preparatory School

Private Boarding School – Erie , Pennsylvania

Established in 1926, Mercyhurst Preparatory School is located on a beautiful 7 acre campus. As Northwest Pennsylvania’s only International Baccalaureate School (grades 9-12), Mercyhurst Prep offers this prestigious educational opportunity to students from all over the world. Students can choose one of three tracks: College Preparatory Program, Honors Program or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB). The IB program promotes critical thinking, communication, and integration of the information through in depth study of major areas of knowledge. All students also have the opportunity to participate in athletic, co-curricular activities and/or social events. Honors or IB students may dual enroll at Mercyhurst University located adjacent to Mercyhurst Prep.

The school is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education and hosts award winning theatre, music and art programs.

Community Information
Erie is a city located in northwestern corner of Pennsylvania. Named for the lake and the Native American tribe that resided along its southern shore, Erie is the state's fourth-largest city with a population of 102,000. Erie's Metropolitan Area consists of approximately 280,000 residents and an Urbanized Area population of approximately 195,000. The city is the seat of government for Erie County. Erie is the principal city of the Erie, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Erie is near Buffalo, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Once teeming with heavy industry, Erie's manufacturing sector remains prominent in the local economy, though service industries, healthcare, higher education, and tourism are emerging as greater economic drivers. Millions visit Erie for recreation at Presque Isle State Park, as well as attractions like casino and horse racetrack named for the state park. Erie is known as the Flagship City because of its status as the home port of Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship Niagara. The city has also been called the Gem City because of the "sparkling" lake. Erie won the All-America City Award in 1972.

Boarding Facilities
International students live in the dormitory called Pennsylvania International Academy located on 65 acre residence and cultural campus. The residence hall is open 24/7 all year and additional ESL classes are offered every day. The dorm offers a student lounge, study rooms, music room, gym, indoor sports facilities and a dining hall.

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: 100,000
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

Acceptance Rate


  • Advanced Ceramics
  • Art Appreciation
  • Art Foundations
  • Art History
  • Basic Acting
  • Ceramics I&II
  • Childrens Theatre Ensemble
  • Chorus
  • Concert Choir
  • Creative Arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Graphics
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Jazz Band
  • Jewelry
  • Metal Work
  • Mixed Media
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Musical Theatre
  • Orchestra
  • Painting
  • Piano
  • Play Directing
  • Printmaking
  • Publication Graphics
  • Publications
  • Sculpture
  • Show Choir
  • Social Dance
  • Beginning Tap
  • Technical Theatre Production
  • Yearbook

AP Courses: No AP Courses, Offers IB Courses.


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

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

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

School Location

Partial List of College and University Acceptances

Arizona State University, Babson College, Boston College, Brown University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Central Florida, Colgate University, Columbia University, Columbus College of Art and Design, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, DePaul University, Drexel University, Emerson College, Fordham University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Indiana University, Ithaca College, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mercyhurst University, Michigan State University, New York University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University, Providence College, Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Syracuse University, Temple University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, University of Miami, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Rhode Island, University of Southern California, Vassar College, Villanova University, University of Vermont, University of Virginia, U.S. Naval Academy, Vanderbilt University, Washington & Jefferson College, Wheaton College, Xavier University

University Acceptance Rate:

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

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