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Mercy Admission Requirements

Dobbs Ferry, New York

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Your chances of getting into Mercy College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Mercy College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Mercy is 85.8%.  Its admission rate is the 126th lowest in New York.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Mercy and can you get accepted?

Mercy College is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 5,551 out of the 6,471 who applied were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 54 percent on standardized admission tests. Mercy College typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.19. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Mercy?

86% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Mercy College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.19 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 1050 on the SAT
  • Score 25 on the ACT

Mercy GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Mercy College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Mercy are to have around a 3.19 high school GPA. You need about average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.19 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Mercy accepts 86% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Mercy is 3.19 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #95 in New York for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Mercy is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.2 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Mercy College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 9.59% Good
3.75 to 3.99 7.26% Good
3.50 to 3.74 11.44% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 13.28% Avg +
3.00 to 3.24 15.87% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 32.22% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 10.09% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.25% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Mercy SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Mercy College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 7% of students submitted SAT scores and 1% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Mercy College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 450
Math 25th Percentile 460
Composite 25th Percentile 910
SAT Scores for Mercy College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 590
Math 75th Percentile 600
Composite 75th Percentile 1190
Average SAT Score 1050

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Mercy College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Mercy is 1050 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 910-1190. Students who get into Mercy College score in the top 76 percent of all SAT test takers..  Mercy ranks #84 in the state of New York for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1050 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Mercy regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 910 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 910, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 770, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Mercy College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1050 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1050, you have around a 86% chance of being admitted. A 1190 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 92% chance of getting in.

Mercy College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1190 and Above Good >92%
1050 to 1190 Avg + 86%-92%
910 to 1050 Avg - 76%-86%
770 to 910 Reach 63%-76%
Less than 770 Low <63%
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Mercy ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Mercy College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 23
Math 25th Percentile 19
Composite 25th Percentile 23
ACT Scores for Mercy College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 27
Math 75th Percentile 25
Composite 75th Percentile 27
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Mercy?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Mercy is 25, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 23 and 27.  The school ranks #60 in New York for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 25. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 23 and score in the score in the top 32 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 21.

1 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Mercy College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Mercy College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Mercy for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 25 score has around 86% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 92% with a 27 ACT score.

Mercy College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
27 and Above Good >92%
25 to 27 Avg + 86%-92%
23 to 25 Avg - 76%-86%
21 to 23 Reach 63%-76%
Less than 21 Low <63%
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Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Mercy College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,399 2,072 6,471
Accepted 3,891 1,660 5,551
Acceptance Rate 88% 80% 86%
Enrolled 586 265 851
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 16% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Mercy College is $40.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Mercy College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Mercy College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Mercy College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Mercy College is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.19 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1050 and ACT of 25 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=193016 IPEDS survey data for Mercy College.


Does Mercy College prefer SAT or ACT?

7% of students submit their SAT scores to Mercy. 1% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Mercy College?

86% of those who apply are granted admission to Mercy. Admission competition is and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Mercy College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 910 and 1190. The average SAT score is 1050. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Mercy College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 27. The average ACT score is 25. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.