Misericordia University is a four-year, Catholic, co-educational liberal arts university located on a 100-acre campus in Dallas, Pennsylvania, near the cities of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.
The Religious Sisters of Mercy were of the order of Mercy founded in Dublin in 1831. The Sisters vowed to be of service to the impoverished, sick and uneducated. The Sisters of Mercy came to the Wyoming Valley area of Pennsylvania in 1875, continuing their mission of praying, teaching and caring for the sick. The sisters established a school for children and a night school for adults in the coal mining region. On August 15, 1924, the Sisters of Mercy established Luzerne Countyï¿½s first four-year institution of higher learning, Misericordia, on nearly 100 acres (0.40 km2) of land in Dallas, Pennsylvania, purchased by the Sisters for this purpose in 1914. More than 2,500 people witnessed the dedication of Misericordia (whose name means ï¿½heart of mercyï¿½). That September, 37 students began their studies. Misericordia continues to be as a university, a broad-based liberal arts and pre-professional studies institution offering education to those of all faiths. The university has been co-educational since the 1970s and offers graduate programs. Today, Misericordia University is located on the original grounds, but has expanded to 120 acres (0.49 km2), situated in a suburban setting eight miles (13 km) from downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Misericordia University is a Catholic, liberal arts-based, co-educational university. It was founded in 1924 and it is sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. In 1978, the board of trustees approved a mission statement that describes the nature and purpose of the university (formerly College Misericordia), and in 1994 it was revised as follows: Misericordia University, a co-educational Catholic university sponsored by the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, is committed to providing quality education to its students and to shaping its educational programs and policies to express the founding Sistersï¿½ values and attitudes of mercy, service, justice, and hospitality. The university welcomes individuals of all faiths. The academic development of each student at the undergraduate level is ensured by the universityï¿½s commitment to provide a learning experience which cultivates higher-order thinking skills through the integration of liberal arts and professional studies. To emphasize academic excellence and to develop critical thinking, all undergraduate curricula provide a common liberal arts base, the objectives of which are further developed in the studentsï¿½ major areas of study. The studentsï¿½ educational programs prepare them for productive careers and continued personal and professional growth. Graduate programs at Misericordia University emphasize intellectual discourse and focused academic growth. The cornerstone of each program is instruction and practice in methods of critical thinking which promote research and enhanced professional expertise. As part of its comprehensive educational program, the university is committed to providing a wide range of spiritual, physical, recreational, social, and cultural activities in which all members of the university community can participate. Misericordia University fosters a cooperative environment in which students, faculty, and staff demonstrate personal concern for each individual as a valued member of the university community.
The university's notable alumni include: Karen Boback, member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Dave Kern, professional soccer player Maria Pallante, United States Register of Copyrights