Sep 27, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Advising and Student Life



In compliance with the Commissioner’s Regulations NYSED and the federal government’s Student Right to Know legislation, Mercy College presents the following information showing the graduation rate of students completing their academic programs.

Student Right to Know

First-time, Full-time Students seeking a Bachelor’s degree Fall 2010 Cohort

  Number Pct.
Fall 2010 Cohort 1,043 100%
Earned bachelor’s degree within six years (150% of normal time) 414 39.7%
Earned associate’s degree within three years (150% of normal time) 2 0.2%
Total degrees 416 39.9%

NOTES:

If a student received an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree, the bachelor’s degree is counted above.

The graduation rate does not include students who left the school to serve in the armed forces, on official church missions, or in the foreign service of the federal government. Students who died or were totally and permanently disabled are also excluded.

SOURCE:
Office of Institutional Research

Advising, Student Affairs and Student Life

Student Affairs at Mercy College promotes student learning and holistic development by providing intentional opportunities for engagement outside the classroom. Through these programs and services, Mercy College supports students’ academic development, inspires personal growth, and fosters interpersonal connections and collaboration to prepare students for success in our diverse community and beyond. Every undergraduate student at Mercy College is assigned a PACT or College Opportunity Program mentor. A more detailed view of student life is provided in the Mercy College Student Handbook.

PACT Program

Mercy College believes in a student-first philosophy, which means individualized attention, uniquely tailored opportunities and innovative educational programs. The Mercy College Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) exemplifies our commitment to our students and is dedicated to supporting them academically, personally and professionally.

The PACT program maximizes personal success through a comprehensive collaboration between the student and Mercy College. PACT students are provided professional mentors who facilitate integrated support for academic, career and personal growth. Each mentor is trained in the areas of academic advising, student life, financial aid, career preparation and leadership skills. Together, student and mentor create a customized plan designed to enhance the student’s overall long-term success.

From the start, PACT mentors work with accepted students and their families to assist with the enrollment process, including financial aid, course registration and housing to foster a seamless transition to college. The mentor continues to build a close relationship with the student, serving as the student’s point person for all aspects of campus life from enrollment to employment. The customized plan and personalized guidance provided to PACT students assists in keeping them focused on academic achievement, campus engagement and career readiness, preparing each PACT student to be the best candidate for graduate school or the career of his or her choice. To learn more, call a PACT mentor at 914-674-PACT (7228) or visit our website at www.mercy.edu/student-affairs/pact.

New Student Orientation

Students entering Mercy College for the first time are invited to an orientation session held over the summer at their respective campuses. Separate orientation programs generally are planned for first-year, transfer, and international students. At New Student Orientation, students will meet the Orientation Leaders and PACT Mentors as well as staff and faculty members. New Students learn about services and opportunities that are vital elements for their transition into life at Mercy College.

Residential life

There are two residence halls on the Dobbs Ferry campus. Founders Hall serves over 300 students in a variety of room configurations including singles, doubles triples and quads. Hudson Hall, which opened in January, 2016, is home to 350 students residing in 4 and 6 person suites. Hudson Hall also has a state of the art fitness Center, a Starbucks Café, a community lounge, quiet study lounge and meeting rooms that are open to all members of the Mercy College community. With the addition of Hudson Hall, the residential life program at Mercy has a robust on-campus population in addition to using area hotels that compliment a student’s residential experience while attending Mercy College. The Residential Life Program is designed to provide students with living facilities and activities that enhance and extend their formal classroom education. The program is structured to promote students’ social, cultural, personal and intellectual development. Living in College housing offers a structured environment in which students can live independently and develop a greater sense of personal identity within a community setting.

Applications for residing on campus are for the full academic year, although there are limited openings for spring applicants. All applications either continuing or new include a $100 application fee. For further information, please contact the Residential Life Office at 914-674-7277 or email us at residentiallife@mercy.edu

Athletics

Mercy College sponsors intercollegiate competition in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, softball and volleyball.

Mercy College student athletes and teams continue to do well in the classroom with over 100 student athletes earning a 3.25 GPA or higher and athletically with teams competing successfully, regionally and nationally. Coaches at Mercy continue to compose star-studded rosters and bring in student athletes that are not only difference-makers on the field and the court, but are also proud ambassadors of the College in the community.

The Mercy College athletic teams (at the Dobbs Ferry Campus only) are members of the following:

  • East Coast Conference.
  • East Coast Athletic Conference.
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.

Students may arrange to make recreational use of all the College’s athletic facilities, which include separate fields for baseball and softball, outdoor handball and basketball courts, several playing fields, and soccer field, as well as the gymnasium, fitness center, and tennis courts. Club sports and intramurals are run throughout the year, both for indoor and outdoor sports.

Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development at Mercy College teaches career readiness, with the goal of each student developing lifelong career management skills. We provide tools, training and exposure to valuable opportunities that empower students to take ownership of their career success.

Through workshops, online resources, career events, job and internship fairs, and individualized counseling, we empower you to properly prepare for and thrive in an ever-changing and exciting workplace. Open to all students across all campuses and online, our programs leverage the most advanced technologies available through our state-of-the-art Vitale Life Skills Lab, providing you access to career information and job and internship opportunities.

Services available to Mercy College students include, but are not limited to:

Major and career exploration
Select a major that supports your career goals through the use of Focus 2, the Mercy College major and career exploration tool.

Career Communities
Join 1-3 Career Communities in Career Maverick (see Career Maverick section, below) to connect with a career counselor and learn all about events, internships, resources and advice specific to your career areas of interest.

Workshops and Events
Participate in a number of career workshops during the academic year hosted by the Career and Professional Development team, on essential professional development topics such as resume building and cover letter writing, your job/internship search, improving interview skills, how to work a career fair, and more.

Resume and cover letter building
Work with your PACT mentor or Career Counselor to develop a professional and competitive resume and cover letter that stand apart from the crowd.

Job and Internship search
Develop a strategy to efficiently and effectively identify and pursue the career opportunities of your choice. We’re here to help you!

Interview skills
Conduct live mock interviews, or practice at home with a virtual mock interview tool to increase skill and confidence in communicating your unique value to employers

Career Fairs and Recruitment Events
Network with employers and find internships, full-time and part-time jobs at on-campus career and internship fairs and recruitment events.

Lunch with a Leader
Attend a business lunch with global and local business and community leaders to help you get an up close and personal look at the skills necessary for entry and success in various careers.

Career Maverick

Mercy College’s Career Maverick system is our online tool and app that contains career resources that will be of value to you throughout your college career and beyond. Registration is free and available exclusively to members of the Mercy College community at https://mercy-csm.symplicity.com. Through Career Maverick you will gain access to exclusive full-time and part-time job and internship opportunities specifically targeting members of the Mercy College community. You will also be able to access the NACElink Network, the largest career network of career services and recruiting professionals in the world. In addition, valuable career resources such as resume formats, cover letter formats, helpful verbs for writing resume bullets, sample bullets, etc. are also available in Career Maverick.

All career resources offered by Mercy College Career and Professional Development are free of charge to students and alumni. To schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor at the campus of your choice call 914-674-7203 or email: CPD@mercy.edu. We’re here to help you!

College Bookstore and Textbooks

Textbooks are available for student purchase at the campus bookstores located at the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses, as well as online at www.mercy-dobbs.bkstr.com for Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights and Online students; or www.mercy-bronx.bkstr.com for Bronx students.

Textbook pricing information, including the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and retail price, for required and recommended materials for each class is available on the bookstore website.

Student Government Association

The Mercy College Student Government Association (SGA) is responsible for engaging students in the promotion of an active, well-rounded student life within our diverse college. SGA is the voice of the student body. Students can get involved in its management, through numerous and varied committees, councils and general meeting, or become one of its elected officers.

Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life serves all students throughout all campuses and creates a vibrant co-curricular and extracurricular experience. Through active participation, students will gain valuable and transferable skills that will enhance their college experience and enable them to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens. Programs are designed to enhance and support the academic experience. The Office of Student Life is responsible for overseeing late night & weekend programs, Community Service opportunities, Leadership Development, Off-Campus Trips, and Student Organizations. Students interested in information about co-curricular involvement or interested in forming a new club on campus should contact the Office of Student Life at 914-888-5270 or studentlife@mercy.edu.