Marked by Pride and Spirit

Laker Life

Nearly 8,000 worldwide, Mercyhurst Prep alumni are confident, connected and humane leaders who succeed at the nation’s top colleges and universities and then launch into phenomenal careers. Lakers are all Marked by Pride & Spirit.

To our students, the spirit of being a Laker means that their unique interests and talents are embraced, encouraged and respected by a welcoming, compassionate MPS community with a keen focus on academic success.

The pride and spirit of a Laker remains as alive today as it was from our very founding in 1926 because the The Mercy Charism is woven into every facet of the school. It is found in our words, our actions, our symbols. It’s in the Laker air: hospitality, compassionate presence, service, justice and respect for the dignity of all persons. It is what a Laker is.

Mercyhurst Preparatory School is a four year co-educational Catholic secondary school founded by the Sisters of Mercy to prepare students from all religious and ethnic backgrounds for a successful, productive, and compassionate life in an ever-changing and interdependent world. A Mercyhurst Prep education is based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, the charism of Mercy, and a modeling of Judeo-Christian values. We strive for excellence in academic and co-curricular programs, we promote service to our local and global communities, and we foster the dedication and active support of the students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Mercyhurst community.
The Mercy Charism core values are:

compassionate presencejusticeservicehospitalityand concern for the dignity of all persons.

The IB program is based on the concept that general education at the upper secondary level should promote the development of the lifelong skills of critical thinking, communication, and integration of the information through an in depth study of the major areas of knowledge. Successful completion of the program earns for the student a diploma/certificate recognized for university admission and for course credit at many colleges and universities throughout the world. The IB’s greatest value, however, lies in its intrinsic worth as a challenge and a symbol of the greater achievement to which the student has aspired. Mercyhurst Prep is northwestern Pennsylvania’s only secondary International Baccalaureate (IB) school! MPS is one of 3,290 schools in 141 countries around the globe who are part of the prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization.

2017 Laker Legends Scholarship Gala Honorees

Did you miss this year’s scholarship gala? You can learn more about this year’s honorees, or view our photo gallery.

Visit MPS

If you would like to visit our school and learn more about becoming a Laker, please call 814.824.2323 or email our Admissions Director Marcia DiTullio today!

Shadowing is a great opportunity to spend a day as a Laker and experience first hand what it might be like to attend Mercyhurst Prep. The day starts out as you enter beneath our massive Laker Mural and ends with new friends and anticipation of experiences yet to come. Transfer students are welcome to shadow, and 8th graders from private schools are welcome to invite a friend from a public school, if they like.

‘I Am A Laker’

MPS is Erie’s only Catholic co-educational high school. Learning in a community environment alongside old and new friends, as well as students from other countries, best prepares you for college and life in the real world. To our students, the spirit of being “Laker” means that their unique interests and talents are embraced, encouraged and respected by a welcoming, compassionate MPS community with a keen focus on academic success. Our school, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, emulates the Mercy charism: concern for the dignity of all persons, justice, compassionate presence, hospitality and service.

Next 90

The MPS Performing Arts Center Renovation Campaign is in full swing.  Broadway actor Nick Adams ’01 is the honorary chair of the campaign and had a special message for audiences before each performance of The King and I. Please watch and consider leaving your legacy in the space that will be transformed very soon.  For more information, you can go to


Mercyhurst Prep’s legacy of academic excellence and cutting edge learning will span nine decades in 2016. Behind the walls of our c.1964 building is a 21st century education that has so far prepared 9,000 Lakers for life beyond our campus. It is time to upgrade our school facilities to reflect our modern approach to educating tomorrow’s leaders. [read more]

Mercyhurst Prep is proud of its academic excellence in the Sisters of Mercy tradition, exceptional and caring faculty, dedicated students, and incredible faith and life-guidance. We are blessed to be part of a community of students, alumni, families, friends and community partners who know that being part of the Mercyhurst Prep family is a bond that lasts a lifetime. There are many opportunities to help foster the success of the Mercy tradition. [learn more]

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Please consider a donation to the Anne Ryan Baltimore Mission Trip!

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Summer on the Hill

Summer on the Hill offers an exciting array of classes, camps and workshops from June through August. There is something for every Laker to love! And Little Lakers from the region’s grade schools are always excited about Mercyhurst Prep Boys Basketball CampMercyhurst Prep Girls Basketball CampRunning Camp, Volleyball Camp, Rowing CampPotterpalooza CampSummer Performing Arts Workshop, and Bricks 4 Kidz Camp. This year’s course schedule includes online educational experiences through the Mercy Learning Network.


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Laker Glow 5K

This year’s Laker Glow 5K is Saturday, April 29th. Get your tickets now for only $20!

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Pastoral Planning


Up-to-date information about the Catholic Schools Plan can be found at