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Educating Leaders Who Serve Since 1948

Gwynedd Mercy University (GMercyU) is one of the nation’s 17 colleges and universities founded by the Sisters of Mercy. For more than 70 years, we’ve been welcoming students from all cultural and religious backgrounds to our campus outside Philadelphia and helping them prepare to take active leadership roles in society.

Our educational programs reflect the GMercyU commitment to academic excellence and our four core values:

  • Integrity in word and deed
  • Respect for the dignity of each person
  • Service to society
  • Social justice in a diverse world

GMercyU’s 25,000+ alumni around the world are building successful careers and making a positive impact on their communities every single day. You can join them from wherever you are with our online and accelerated programs.

Diversity at GMercyU

The learning community at GMercyU attracts a global, diverse student population that includes:

  • Students from 35 states and 22 countries
  • 29% from racially or ethnically diverse backgrounds
  • 60% first-generation college students

Recognized for Excellence




GMercyU is repeatedly recognized as an institution that provides quality education and an excellent return on investment. A selection of our current accolades includes:

  • U.S. News & World Report1 2022-23 Best National Universities
  • U.S. News & World Report 2022-23 Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • U.S. News & World Report 2022-23 Best Universities for Nursing
  • 2023-24 Colleges of Distinction:2
    • National Colleges, Pennsylvania Colleges, Catholic Colleges, Business, Nursing, Education, and Career Development
  • Payscale.com 2022-233 Best Value Colleges
  • 2023-24 Military-Friendly College (Silver Award4)

In addition, our online Executive EdD in Educational Leadership program was awarded the 2021 Khaladjan International Award for Innovation5 in Higher Education from the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA).

What Our Students and Alumni Are Saying

“Being a distinctive Mercy graduate does not stop once you graduate. It’s something that continues no matter what career path you choose… By having people believe in us here, we believe in others the rest of our lives.”

— Jenna Caffarello, Education, ‘16

“My time in the doctoral program at Gwynedd Mercy University afforded me the opportunity to cement myself as a practitioner and researcher. It is in part because of the university’s dedication to each individual student’s success that I have succeeded in my doctoral program and dissertation research.”

— Dawn Durham, EdD, ‘22


Institutional Accreditation

Gwynedd Mercy University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a national institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Contact MSCHE:

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education
1007 North Orange Street
4th Floor, MB #166
Wilmington, DE 19801

Nursing Program Accreditation

In addition to the university’s accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs as well as the post-graduate APRN certificate program in Gwynedd Mercy University’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Contact CCNE:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036

Business Program Accreditation

Our business programs have received specialized accreditation through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

Contact the IACBE:

11374 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, Kansas, 66215

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Start Your GMercyU Journey

Ready to begin earning your online or accelerated degree or certificate with us? Contact an enrollment representative today! 

If you’re interested in a more traditional, on-campus learning experience, take a look at our ground-based programs in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania. Click here to see what’s available.


1 Source: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/gwynedd-mercy-college-3270
2 Source: https://collegesofdistinction.com/school/gwynedd-mercy-university/
3 Source: https://www.payscale.com/college-roi
4 Source: https://www.militaryfriendly.com/gwynedd-mercy-university-is-military-friendly/
5 Source: https://aaua.org/awards-program/#pastrecipients