Sep 27, 2020  
Mercy College 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Mercy College 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Student Affairs


 

Student Affairs

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.

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, with Esports making its debt in Fall 2019.

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
  • Northeast 10 Conference, Associate Member for Field Hockey
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II

Intramural sports such as flag football, basketball and volleyball are available to all students. Students may arrange to use all of the College’s athletic facilities, which include separate fields for baseball and softball; outdoor handball, tennis and basketball courts, turf soccer field as well as the Hudson Hall Fitness Center and the Victory Sports Center.

Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development at Mercy College provides students with career education that includes exploration, preparation, and experiences, so they are well prepared to launch or advance their careers.

Through state-of-the-art tools, online resources, career workshops and events, internship opportunities, job and internship fairs, individualized coaching, and more, we provide students with opportunities and resources to prepare for an exciting and ever-changing workplace.

Career tools and resources available to Mercy College students include:

  • Career Website: https://career.mercy.edu/
     The Career and Professional Development website is your one stop shop for information about career events, tools, and resources available to the Mercy College community. Resources include career information and industry focused job search guides, articles, and resume samples.
  • Career Communities
    Join 1-3 Career Communities on our website at https://career.mercy.edu/ to connect with a career coach 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, in person or virtually, on essential professional development topics.
  • Resume and cover letter building
    Refer to our industry-focused resume and cover letter guides and formats found on our website to develop your professional and competitive resume. Follow up with a Career Coach to ensure your resume and cover letter are polished and ready for applications to internships or jobs!
  • Job and Internship search
    Develop a strategy to efficiently and effectively identify and pursue the career opportunities of your choice.
  • Interview skills
    Conduct live mock interviews with a Career Coach, or practice at home or in our Interview Rooms with Big Interview, 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 career and internship fairs and recruitment events.

All career resources offered by the Mercy College Career team are free of charge to students and alumni. To schedule an appointment to meet with a Career Coach at the campus of your choice, call 914-674-7203 or email cpd@mercy.edu.

Make your career EPICExplore. Prepare. Implement. Career Launch.

Handshake

Handshake is Mercy College’s online job and internship board. This customizable tool allows students seeking internships and jobs to search for and apply to opportunities from employers specifically targeting Mercy students and alumni. Registration is free to members of the Mercy College community at career.mercy.edu/channels/csm/.

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.

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, Wellness, Recreation 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.

New Student Orientation

Participate in the first tradition as a new student entering the Mercy College Community! 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.

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 progression, 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.

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

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.