Gwynnedd Mercy University sits on land originally known as Willowbrook Farm, which was owned by Frances Bond, an investment banker. Mr. Bond and his family lived in a Georgian Revival style mansion on the land that was built in 1906 and designed by Horace Trumbauer. Mr. Trumbauer later designed the Philadelphia Museum of Art. After his wife's death, Mr. Bond sold the mansion to Roland and Anita Taylor. The Taylor's renamed the property Treweryn after the creek that flows through the estate.
Mr. Taylor planted many ornamental trees and shrubs, including 53 types of rhododendron, an homage to his love of landscaping. When the couple died in 1947, their daughters sold the land, outbuildings and mansion to the Sisters of Mercy for use as an institute of higher learning. At the time, the Sisters of Mercy were operating an academy in Philadelphia. They moved their operation to Treweryn and opened Gwynnedd Mercy Junior College in 1948 with 28 students, using the mansion, now known as Assumption Hall, as the home for the sisters and holding classes in converted stables. Over the years, the mansion has served as a dormitory, classrooms and a convent until it was converted to house the college administration.
The university continues to provide education with strong Catholic roots with a foundation in liberal arts. Located just outside of Philadelphia, the university provides students with opportunities that many small colleges are unable to provide. The school offers 40 associate, bachelor and master degree programs. Gwynned Mercy University is ranked as a first tier among Best Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report.
Gwynnedd Mercy earned university status in 2013.
Gwynnedd Mercy University Accreditation Details
Gwynnedd Mercy University has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education since 1958. Regional accreditation means that the university meets rigorous academic standards that demonstrate a degree of excellence as set forth by the accrediting agency. In addition, specific programs are accredited by the following organizations:
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
- American Health Information Management Association Committee for Certificate Programs
- Associate Healthcare Documentation Integrity
- Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs
- Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management
- Committee on Accreditation of Respiratory Care
- International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
- Joint Review Committee on Cardiovascular Technology
- Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology: Radiation Therapy
Gwynnedd Mercy University Application Requirements
First time freshmen who wish to attend Gwynnedd Mercy University must have completed:
- English – 4 units
- Mathematics – 3 units
- Science – 3 units
- History – 1 unit
- College preparatory electives – 3 units
Students must provide official ACT or SAT scores along with high school transcripts that indicate a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Students transferring from another college or university should discuss their previous credits and their transferability with an admissions counselor before applying to the university.
Graduate students who wish to attend Gwynnedd Mercy should arrange for a personal appointment with an admissions counselor in order to discuss their program. Students who wish to apply to the nursing department graduate programs must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, provide two references and submit one personal goal statement. A nursing application essay is required along with a current resume. Graduate nursing students must have a minimum of six months clinical practice and official, sealed transcripts must be submitted to the admissions office.
Students who wish to apply to the MBA program must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university and have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Students must provide an official sealed transcript as well as two supervisory letters of recommendation. The undergraduate degree does not have to be in a business discipline for acceptance.
Gwynnedd Mercy University Tuition and Financial Aid
Full-time undergraduate tuition at Gwynnedd Mercy University is $32,260 per year for Allied Health and Nursing. All other undergraduate programs are $30,760 per year. Credit hour tuitions for nursing and allied health programs is $660 or $560 for other undergraduate programs. The Master of Science in Education program is $630 per credit hour and the Master of Science in Nursing program is $760 per credit hour. The Master of Business Administration program is $760 per credit hour and the Doctor of Nursing Practice is $860 per credit hour.
Financial aid is available by completing forms found on the Financial Aid page of the Gwynnedd Mercy University website. In addition, students who wish to be considered for federal financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Priority for financial aid is given to full-time students and part-time students must carry at least six credit hours per semester in order to be considered for financial aid.
Gwynnedd Mercy University Online Degrees Available
Master of Science in School Counseling
The Master of Science in School Counseling is offered completely online through Gwynnedd Mercy University. The program provides the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the school counseling profession, emphasizing behavioral sciences. The curriculum aligns with the American School Counselors Association National Model and is designed to encourage reflective proactice. Counselors are given the opportunity to apply knowledge through practicums while working with children and adolescents in a supervised location.
Completion of the program allows certification as an Elementary or Secondary School Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania with a dual certification option available. Courses required include:
- Human Development
- Research Skills for the Reflective Educator
- Foundations of Special Education in an Inclusionary Setting
- Communication Skills for Educators
- Foundations of Counseling
- Theories of Counseling
- Assessment Techniques in Counseling
- Intervention Techniques in Guidance Counseling
- Organization of School Counseling
- Social Justice, Multicultural & Diversity Issues in Counseling
- Career Development
- Group Counseling & Facilitation Skills
- SAS Curriculum Development and Peer Coaching
- Capstone/Culminating Project
Students are required to complete two six-hour practicums, one at the Elementary level and one at the Secondary level as well as 12 credits of certification practicum at both levels.
Gwynnedd Mercy University was founded on strong Catholic beliefs and continues to provide a liberal arts education using Catholic values. In an effort to help those who have work, family and social obligations who prevent them from attending traditional classes, Gwynnedd Mercy University offers online programs with the flexibility most working adults need in order to fit higher education into their busy schedule.