A Welcome from Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D.
President of Misericordia University
Welcome to the Misericordia University website. We've updated our information online to help you learn more about our growing and improving campus.
This is my first year as president at Misericordia University. I've enjoyed learning about the history, successes, challenges, and aspirations of this engaging community of learners. I'm sure you'll agree, the best thing about Misericordia University is the people. We were founded in 1924 by the Sisters of Mercy and remain sponsored by the Sisters nearly one hundred years later. The Sisters focus on four charisms, or gifts they have received and then give to others: service, justice, mercy, and hospitality. Our students certainly understand the charisms, providing 158,000 hours of service last year alone. The entire community stresses the importance of social justice and the Mercy traditions.
The faculty and staff work tirelessly to provide the best learning environment, teaching students in the classroom and leading them into the wider community through internships, service learning, and a wide range of outreach efforts. Nearly ninety percent of first-year students return for the second year, which compares favorably to national rates of about sixty-seven percent. More importantly, about seventy percent of students who enroll at Misericordia continue their studies until they obtain a degree, which exceeds the national average as well. Our 16,000 alumni demonstrate the outstanding result of a Misericordia education, both as successful business owners and employees and more importantly as community leaders and volunteers.
Almost half of our 3,000 students live on campus or in nearby housing, and about 1,200 of our students are adult learners taking classes to advance their careers or start new ones. Students choose from a wide range of majors in the liberal arts and sciences, business and education fields, or health care. While many of our students are undergraduates, we offer a range of master’s and doctoral degrees as well in both full- and part-time formats.
The interactive map, found here, provides a tour of our campus and its facilities. You'll find upgraded academic buildings and a state-of-the-art library, attractive and welcoming residence halls, a variety of quality dining options, and some of the best athletic facilities found on any Division III campus. Our buildings and the landscaped campus grounds are designed to provide the best possible learning and living environment.
At Misericordia, we say that students learn to succeed. For instance, students in our health care programs enjoy considerable success, with over ninety percent of medical imaging, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and nursing students passing their certification tests on the first attempt. This success carries through to our other degree programs as well, with students excelling in the liberal arts and sciences, business, and education. Over ninety percent of Misericordia undergraduates find employment or enter a graduate studies program within six months of graduation, demonstrating the value of a Misericordia degree.