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Mercy College

Mercy College (Mercy or Mercy NY) is a four year, private, non-sectarian, non-profit liberal arts college with its main campus in Dobbs Ferry, New York, alongside the Hudson River, with additional locations in Manhattan, Bronx and Yorktown Heights


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Mission Statement
Mercy College is committed to providing motivated students the opportunity to transform their lives through higher education by offering liberal arts and professional programs in personalized and high quality learning environments, thus preparing students to embark on rewarding careers, to continue learning throughout their lives and to act ethically and responsibly in a changing world.
Blue White And Grey
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College History


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1950, Mercy College became a four-year college offering programs leading to the baccalaureate degree in 1961. The College was accredited by the Middle States Association's Commission on Higher Education in 1968. In the next half-decade, Mercy College set a course for its future with a series of actions including declaring itself independent and co-educational. In addition, it doubled the size of the existing physical plant and initiated the first of many community outreach efforts. Mercy College in the 1970s broadened its outreach through the establishment of extension centers and branch campuses throughout communities in Westchester County and New York City. Mercy College was authorized to offer its first graduate program - nursing - in 1981. Since then, 30 diverse graduate programs have been introduced, and in 2006, the College was granted authorization to offer its first doctoral program in physical therapy. The College expanded its offerings to include online programs in the 1990s, and was soon granted the ability to offer entire degree programs online. Thousands of Mercy College students take one or all of their courses online through the more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs offered.

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The mission of the Center is to identify, develop, and provide transformative and dynamic global learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. The Center builds on the mission of Mercy College and further supports the establishment of a wide range of initiatives, in the United States and abroad, to facilitate the exchange of knowledge across international boundaries. Through interdisciplinary and experiential global learning opportunities, students are able to engage in learning about cultural perspectives different from their own. The Center�s role is to craft a unifying college experience, which infuses students� growing senses of discovery, identity, communication, and synthesis with an awareness of, and concern for, questions of an international nature, and global aspects on questions of a more local and present character. To this end, the Center fosters a campus that engages different cultures�local and global; promotes exposure to the world beyond the local environment; raises awareness of, and involvement in, current global issues and themes�such as education, the environment, health, poverty, global cultures, social and justice issues, and border disputes; and creates forums for interaction with international students and faculty, in and out of the classroom. The Center brings Mercy to the world through programming that draws on New York City�s rich international resources, including the United Nations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), political and business leaders, and cultural centers. The Center also works to enhance the College�s international profile through building enrollment of international students and engagement of local students with global issues. Additionally, the Center promotes globally-infused involvement with our local communities through special cultural events and speakers. Our students work closely with faculty and their peers to apply what they learn and develop needed and expected skills and qualities, in order to make a real impact in their own lives, their community, and the world. Such perspectives help shape instruction and the building of minds, discovery of new frontiers, and service to the College and our communities. The Center strengthens our educational environment through increased opportunities for faculty exchanges, research collaborations with international scholars, faculty-led study abroad programs, and public lectures on international topics. Through the Center for Global Engagement, Mercy College builds on existing infrastructural elements, staff and faculty expertise and international connections, curricular strengths, and community connections, to develop further these globalization efforts.



For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Mercy College (New York) alumni. Mercy College has over 34,000 undergraduate alumni of record with an additional 13,637 graduate alumni of record.