Boarding Opportunities

No matter which part of the world you come from, students are encouraged to explore who they are at Mercyhurst Prep.

We offer two boarding opportunities in the Erie area. Both the Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA) and Christian Boarding provide comfortable accommodations, transportation, delicious cuisine, and plenty of activities for students to get involved in outside of school.

International students should contact the Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA) or Christian Boarding directly to explore boarding opportunities. Either of these organizations can then walk you through the Mercyhurst Prep application process.

Domestic students should contact Allison Orlando, Mercyhurst Prep admissions director, by phone at 814.824.2323 or by email at to learn about the Mercyhurst Prep application process.


Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA)

Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA)
8155 Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16509

At PIA, it is easy to meet people and make the transition away from home. The facility offers single dorm and double dorm rooms, a study area, a game room, and a family room. The dorm is open 24 hours a day, year-round, and provides a safe and secure environment for the students. A variety of fresh meals are prepared daily and that are healthy and appetizing, and PIA offers plenty of special leisure and sports activities in conjunction with traditional educational activities.

PIA is located in close proximity to a variety of major shopping areas and restaurants with continuous access to bus transportation services for each student.

Christian Boarding

Christian Boarding
11103 Route North
Waterford, PA 16441

Christian Boarding’s modern facility was built in 2010 and expanded in 2011–12. The facility offers spacious two and three-person dorm rooms with private bathrooms, satellite television, and internet service. Meals are prepared by a full-time chef and the dorm provides a recreational/workout center. Christian Boarding provides student-tailored activities seven days a week.

Located in historic Waterford, Pennsylvania in Erie County, Christian Boarding is a short drive from Mercyhurst Prep in a safe country setting.