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Information detailed on this page is for students interested in pursuing pre-major/general college coursework at Mercy College of Ohio.
Students interested in applying for a specific program, should consult the program page of their interest or contact the Office of Admissions.
Pre-Major/General College Admission Criteria
High School Students
The following are required for admission to Mercy College of Ohio:
- All applicants must either be a high school graduate with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0, or a general equivalency diploma (GED) recipient with a score of 500 (score of 53 prior to 2002).
- All direct from high school students, 24 years old and younger, must either take the ACT or SAT and earn an ACT composite score of 21 or SAT combined score of 990 in order to be considered program ready for admission. (Contact Admissions for test codes.)
- All direct from high school students, 25 years old and older who have not attended a college or university, are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores for admission. Students 25 and older are required to meet the other program requirements to be considered program ready.
- Students without an ACT or SAT may be admitted to Mercy College pre-program or into a certificate program that does not require an ACT or SAT for admission. Students who have an ACT or SAT with Math sub-scores below the requirement are encouraged to take the Accuplacer placement test for their Math placement into their Math course requirement. Applicants not meeting the minimum Algebra, Biology and Chemistry requirements for admission into the major are encouraged to begin at Mercy College as a pre-major in order to complete the requirements for admission into the major.
High School students semester grades will be recalculated to show cumulative subject grades in the subjects of Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry with lab. Weighted courses will be recalculated using a weighted grading scale. All courses should be completed with a grade of “C” or better; a grade of “B” or better is preferred. More information and a table further explaining recalculations can be found in the Mercy College catalog.
A. ACT or SAT scores if applicable.
B. MercyPledge – Students who complete 15 credit hours of coursework at Mercy College of Ohio as a general college student or a pre-program student will establish a new grade point average (GPA) at the College. This new GPA may assist the student in obtaining admission into one of the healthcare programs at the college.*
The Mercy Pledge, effective spring 2015 semester, provides students the opportunity for a new start in their college careers. Since some students begin college as undecided or are unsuccessful in a particular class, the Mercy Pledge provides an opportunity for a second chance.
Mercy College administration developed the Mercy Pledge to allow students access to a high quality, private Catholic education while fulfilling their goals to work in healthcare.
*It is important to note that not all programs at Mercy College participate in the Mercy Pledge; therefore, it does not guarantee program admission.
For students who are home schooled, the following requirements apply for freshman consideration:
- Submit the completed application with “home-schooled” printed as name of high school.
- Submit the non-refundable application fee.
- Submit your résumé with activities and interests.
- Submit a personal statement discussing academic preparation and detailing any unique experiences, academic or otherwise, which speak to the student’s preparation for college.
- Submit written verification from the appropriate school district that the student has been excused from compulsory attendance for home education (signed by the school district superintendent).
- Submission of ACT or SAT scores, if applicable.
- Official GED score report.
- If the student has taken college courses, provide all official college transcripts.
- Non-Ohio residents must follow the listed requirements regardless of home state guidelines.
If, due to extenuating circumstances, official records cannot be obtained, the student may petition the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Enrollment Management for an interview in order to be considered for admission.
A transfer student must be a high school graduate or a GED recipient and have attempted a minimum of 15 credit hours of college course work from a regionally accredited college/university with a GPA of at least 2.0. For applicants who have attended more than one regionally accredited college, GPA’s from all colleges must combine to equal at least 2.0.
Transfer Students – Students who have attempted and earned 14 semester hours or less are required to submit the required high school documents for admission.
Transfer Students – Students who have attempted and earned 15 or more semester hours will be admitted based on a thorough review of their college or university coursework and grade point average. If the transfer student has less than 45 attempted and earned hours, has not earned at least an associate degree, and is applying for federal student aid, the student must submit high school transcripts for financial aid purposes.
Transfer students who are applying to a program of study with a clinical component and believe they are program ready, will have their transcripts evaluated for admission into Mercy College and invited to apply directly into the program. The transfer student must complete and return the candidacy form by the priority deadlines noted on the program specific pages.
PLEASE NOTE: Mercy College has not petitioned or received approval from the United States Department of Homeland Security to offer non-immigrant student admission to the college. The college cannot issue the Immigration Form I-20.
Applicants must be a Permanent Resident and present her/his Green Card to an admission officer to photocopy for the applicant’s Mercy College application file.
Applicants with international transcripts are required to submit their official transcripts to World Education Services (WES) for a course-by-course level evaluation and calculated cumulative grade point average (GPA). Contact WES at www.wes.org.