Admission Criteria

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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

The following are required for admission to Mercy College of Ohio:

  1. 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).
  2. Some programs of study require ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) subject and composite test scores. Please refer to the individual program of study information for specifics.

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.

MercyPledge – Students who complete 12 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.

A transfer student must be a high school graduate or a GED recipient and have attempted a minimum of 12 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 11 semester hours or less are required to submit the required high school documents for admission.

Transfer Students – Students who have attempted and earned 12 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

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