About

A valuable education starts with strong values.

Misericordia University is a private, Catholic institution founded in 1924 on the Charisms of mercy, service, justice, and hospitality. These core values drive everything we do. You’ll find them woven into the fabric of every program we deliver and partnerships we cultivate.

We provide a progressive, student-focused learning environment to nearly 3,000 students, fostered by 138 full-time faculty members. Misericordia delivers 38 undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees across three academic colleges: Arts and Sciences; Health Sciences and Education; and Business.

Misericordia has spent 95 years building a reputation for academic excellence based on our mission that discovery, knowledge, and creativity are meant for a higher purpose — and that’s to make a real difference for others. We’re nationally recognized for producing talented graduates, especially in health and medical sciences ― and this is your chance to become one of our respected graduates of Misericordia.

Being progressive is all we know.

On August 15, 1924, the Sisters of Mercy established College Misericordia — Luzerne County’s first four-year institution of higher learning. The 100 acres of land in Dallas, Pennsylvania where the university is located was originally purchased by the Sisters in 1914 for this purpose. More than 2,500 people witnessed the dedication of College Misericordia, whose name means “heart of mercy.”

Misericordia was founded as a broad-based liberal arts and pre-professional studies university offering superior education to only women until the 1970s when it extended these offerings to coed traditional undergraduates. Today, Misericordia University is still located on the original grounds, which has expanded to 115 acres on the main campus. It’s situated in a suburban setting just eight miles from downtown Wilkes-Barre and has recently expanded onto adjacent Lake Street, establishing a lower campus with both residential and academic facilities.

Channel our past. Take charge of your future.

The Misericordia learning experience is the product of our well-conceived, distinctive, and nationally prominent relational model of education — one that places every student at the center of an extensive web of learning relationships among faculty, other students, professional staff, and coaches.

The result is Misericordia graduates who lead lives of accomplishment and consequence in their professions, workplaces, communities, and around the world. They are valued for their exceptional collaboration skills, strong professional expertise, broad knowledge, creativity, innovation, leadership, and moral compass.

This is what a Misericordia education can do for you.

Our vision.

Misericordia will continue to broaden its geographic reach while strengthening its reputation for superior liberal arts and professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels — both online and on campus. Misericordia graduates will lead lives of consequence in their professions, their communities, and the world.

Jackie Delprete

“As a nurse practitioner, you have a lot more say in your contract and what you will or will not do, so we work with students to help with resume building to make sure they’re ready to go out into the workforce.”

— Jacklyn DelPrete, MSN, CRNP, NP-c, Assistant Professor

We’ll support you every step of the way.

Your success is our top priority. That’s why we offer a variety of resources to make sure you have what you need when you need it.

  • Quick response times
  • On-campus support
  • Writing center
  • Mock interviews (on-campus and virtual)
  • Library
  • Review sessions before big exams
  • Virtual study rooms
  • Faculty hold office hours and are available by appointment
  • Discussion boards
  • IT support