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Gywnedd-Mercy College
Motto Veritas et Misericordia (Truth and Mercy)
Established 1948
Type Private
President Dr. Kathleen Owens
Faculty 81 full-time, 196 part-time
Undergraduates 2020
Postgraduates 627
Location Gwynedd Valley, PA, USA
Campus Suburban, 160 acres (0.65 km2)
Colors Red and gold
Mascot Griffin

Gwynedd-Mercy College is an independent, co-educational institution located in Gwynedd Valley of Lower Gwynedd Township, PA, 25 miles (40 km) northwest of downtown Philadelphia. Founded in 1948 by the Sisters of Mercy as a junior college, Gwynedd-Mercy College was rechartered in 1963 as baccalaureate institution. As of 2009 there is a student enrollment of 2700.

Gwynedd-Mercy is a member of SEPCHE, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium of Higher Education, an association of eight higher-level educational institutions that "work together to promote quality and efficiency of academic programming, student access, faculty development, institutional operations and community outreach, through sharing a range of activities, services, technology and information."1 Other affiliated institutions include Arcadia University, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Holy Family University, Immaculata University, Neumann College and Rosemont College.



In the 2008 issue of U.S. News & World Report's "America’s Best Colleges" publication, Gwynedd-Mercy ranked 75 among the top master’s-level colleges and universities in the north region, with a 76% graduation rate.

Espousing the ideals of a liberal education, the College offers baccalaureate and associate degrees in more than 50 programs. Gwynedd-Mercy is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Programs of Study and Degrees Offered
Bachelor of Arts
Behavioral and Social Gerontology | Biology | English | History | Human Services | Mathematics | Psychology | Psychology/Sociology | Sociology

Bachelor of Science
Accounting | Biology | Business Administration | Business Education | Computer and Information Sciences | Criminal Justice | Elementary Education | Human Services | Mathematics | Medical Technology | Nursing | Psychology| Radiation Therapy | Sociology | Special Education | Special and Elementary Education

Associate Degree
Accounting | Business Administration | Computer and Information Services | Health Information Technology | Liberal Studies | Natural Sciences | Nursing | Radiologic Technology | Respiratory Care

Preprofessional Programs
Dentistry | Law | Medicine | Optometry | Podiatry | Veterinary Medicine

Teacher Certification
Biology | Business, Computer & Information Technology | Early Childhood Education | Elementary Education | Elementary School Counselor | Elementary School Principal | English | History | Mathematics | Reading Specialist | Secondary School Counselor | Secondary School Principal | Special Education

Cardiovascular Technology (invasive) | Cardiovascular Technology (Non-Invasive) | Gerontology | Health Information Administration | Nurse Practitioner (Post-Masters) | Radiation Therapy | Respiratory Care

Master of Science
Education | Nursing


Center for Lifelong Learning

Designed to meet the needs of busy working adults, the Center for Lifelong Learning offers four accelerated programs based on the value-centered principles traditional to the college. Degrees include: Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Health Care Leadership and Supervision, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Requires RN License). A Masters of Science in Management is also offered.


Lourdes Library houses nearly 100,000 volumes and 10,000 media titles and receives over 700 current periodical subscriptions in print and microfilm. Several hundred additional periodical titles are available full text online. The library is open seven days (including four evenings) a week during the fall and spring semesters, with a reduced schedule during the summer and inter-sessions. A currently validated student ID is required for students to borrow materials.

The Academic Resource Center - equipped with state-of-the-art computers, tutorial software and a video library - offers professional tutoring in writing, and math and workshops for test-taking, skill-development and resume writing.

The Lincoln Library in Assumption Hall contains a large adjunct collection of books on Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War.

Theaters include the Julia Ball Auditorium, a small-in-the-round theater.

Keiss Hall, 46,000-square-foot (4,300 m2) health and science center, is home to the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.

Four residential-halls, Alexandria (built in January 2006), Siena, St. Brigid and Loyola, provide on-campus housing to students.



Gwynedd-Mercy is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) with 19 sports teams that compete at NCAA Division III level. In the Spring of 2009 Gwynedd-Mercy College opened its doors to a new turf athletic multi-purpose stadium and the addition of Men's Lacrosse to their athletic department. The Griffins most successful athletic program is Women's Basketball, which captured the CSAC championships in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2007. Men's Basketball captured the title in 1999, 2004 and 2005. The Gwynedd-Mercy Women's Soccer team won their only title in 2001. The Griffin Baseball team has had back-to-back championship seasons in 2000 and 2001, then again in 2007 and 2008. The Griffins have most recently captured league championships in both Men's Cross Country and Women's Tennis in 2008.

The 160-acre (0.65 km2) campus has outdoor tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, and playing fields for softball, lacrosse, baseball, soccer and field hockey. The Griffin Complex, the college's multi-million dollar sports facility, contains a full-size collegiate basketball court; an indoor track; an aerobics room; racquetball, volleyball and wallyball courts; a weight room; and saunas.

Special Programs and Services

Valie Genuardi Hobbit House

Located in the college's Trocaire building, the Hobbit House preschool extends hands-on experience to early childhood development and nursing majors currently enrolled at the college. Fulfilling its mission to raise a child’s awareness of his/her surrounding natural environment, the Hobbit House opens all field trips and special occasions to Gwynedd-Mercy students and parents who wish to attend.

Upward Bound

A comprehensive, pre-college preparatory program designed to aid high school students interested in higher education, Gwynedd-Mercy offers eligible, Diocensan-city-schooled participants a five-week, summer residential stay on-campus. Program offerings include academic instruction in mathematics, science and English; tutorial and counseling services; PSAT/SAT workshops; financial aid information; visits to colleges; and cultural and social activities.

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Coordinates: 40°11′53″N 75°14′10″W / 40.198°N 75.236°W / 40.198; -75.236


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