Misericordia University, a Catholic, co-educational institution of higher learning, was founded in Dallas, Pa., as an all-women’s college in 1924 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy. The academic foundation of the first four-year, degree-granting institution of higher education in Luzerne County is rooted in a rigorous liberal arts curriculum.
Over the years, Misericordia has become the region’s premier college for educating and training students in teacher education, and the health and medical sciences. Athletic programs have been added, and academic programs and facilities have grown to accommodate and support growth in enrollment. The college became co-educational in the 1970s. In 2007, Misericordia achieved University status. Today, it offers 45 academic programs in full- and part-time formats that lead to bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees in three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences and Education, and Business.
Misericordia was established based on the tenets of Mercy, Service, Justice and Hospitality. For more than 93 years, the University community has advocated volunteerism, social justice and service to those in need. During the 2016-17 academic year, 2,625 students completed more than 196,510 hours of service and service learning around the globe and here at home.
With enrollment of more than 2,760 undergraduate and graduate students, Misericordia has earned regional acclaim and national recognition for its dedication to rigorous academics, service leadership and professional preparation.
Misericordia offers more than 900 classes per semester on campus, in the community and online to serve traditional and adult students.
Today, the University has 15 buildings and an extensive athletic complex on the main campus, and 10 additional buildings, including John J. Passan Hall, the home of the College of Health Sciences and Education and Mary and Allen Erwine Hall, the home of the Department of Nursing, in Dallas Borough. More than 900 students live in University housing.