Mercyhurst University is committed to the growth and development of the individual student not only in academic work but in growth as a human being living in a community. Recognizing that a student’s learning extends beyond the classroom, the University strives to provide a campus environment with a variety of developmental, cultural, service, leadership, athletic, and social experiences. The cultural and spiritual activities on campus give students an opportunity to seek growth and to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. Athletic and social activities allow students to bond as members of the University community and to engender a sense of pride in their University.
Each semester there are dance, theatre, and music performances on the campus, and numerous exhibitions of the works of art faculty and students are hosted in the University’s gallery. These events provide an opportunity for self-expression and personal development. The University sponsors a film series that runs throughout the academic year. Award winning films (foreign and domestic) are chosen. In addition, the University, in association with Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG), brings guest speakers to the campus throughout the academic year. The Multicultural Activities Council and Multicultural & Inclusion Coordinator also sponsors a wide variety of cultural programming throughout the academic year
The social calendar at Mercyhurst provides a well-rounded program of activities and gives all elements of the University community a chance to socialize. In addition to the regular schedule of social activities, the University celebratess everal major events throughout the course of the year. Hurst Day, an annual event, where all classes are canceled and students, faculty and staff are invited to take part in games, food and lots of fun! Other special events are hosted throughout the year, including Family Weekend and Spring Fest, a weekend of outdoor activities culminating with a featured musical act.