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FAQs on Mercy College and The College of New Rochelle's Agreement:

Q: What has happened at The College of New Rochelle (CNR)?

A: In late August 2016, the Executive Committee of CNR’s Board of Trustees learned of significant unmet financial obligations. These financial irregularities began to be discovered after CNR’s controller retired in early July 2016, after 37 years of employment at the College. Shortly after the controller’s retirement, it was discovered that approximately $20 million in state and federal payroll taxes had not been filed or paid by CNR for eight quarters, beginning with the quarter ending September 30, 2014 through the quarter ending June 30, 2016. Beyond this, the investigation revealed significant vendor payables, significant depletion of endowment assets, and drawing down on lines of credit.

 

Since 2016, the Board of Trustees and administration have worked to stabilize the College’s short-term finances while exploring various approaches for long-term stability and direction.  In February, CNR determined that it lacked sufficient resources to continue going forward on its own and it is unlikely that its operations will continue beyond summer 2019.


Q: Why is this happening?

A: In 2016, CNR discovered significant unmet financial obligations that had accrued over a period of time. Since 2016, their Board of Trustees and administration have worked to stabilize the College’s short-term finances while exploring various approaches for long-term stability and direction.  During this academic year, CNR determined that it lacked sufficient resources to continue going forward on its own. 


Q: How is Mercy College involved?

A: In late 2018, CNR reached out to Mercy College to explore a potential partnership.  In early March, CNR and Mercy reached a definitive agreement that provides continuing educational opportunities for CNR students at Mercy and preserves the legacy of CNR into the future.


Q: Why should I continue my education at Mercy College?  

A: Mercy College is providing a seamless pathway for students to continue their education without losing time or credits for their major. Mercy College is working to serve CNR students at existing CNR campuses where possible. Mercy will work to retain existing CNR faculty to ensure continuity. Mercy’s goal is to provide CNR students who choose to attend Mercy College with a comparable high-quality liberal arts education.  Mercy is also working to ensure that former CNR students do not pay more than what they are currently paying in tuition. Mercy and CNR share a similar heritage and legacy and the Colleges will work to create a circumstance where Mercy will keep the legacy of CNR alive well into the future.


Q: Will I be able to take classes at the current CNR locations?

A: Mercy College is looking into leasing some CNR locations. Mercy College hopes to be able to continue to serve many CNR students at some of the same locations where CNR students are currently taught.


Q: Will I have to pay more at Mercy than what I’m paying at CNR?

A: Mercy College does not expect that CNR students will pay more than what they are currently paying.


Q: Does Mercy College offer all the degree programs CNR offers?

A: Every CNR student in good standing will be provided with a pathway to complete their degree.  CNR and Mercy College share many complementary degree programs and it is expected that most CNR students will be able to complete their degrees at Mercy through the comprehensive agreement between the two colleges.  Mercy is actively working with the regulatory agencies to make sure that appropriate approvals are in place for programs and sites for fall 2019. 


Q: Where would I find information about Mercy’s programs?

A: All program information is available at https://www.mercy.edu/academics/


Q: Where is Mercy College located?

A: Mercy College has four campuses and online programs.  Mercy’s campuses include Dobbs Ferry, Bronx (at the Hutch Metro Center), Manhattan (at Herald Square) and Yorktown Heights.


Q: Is this a merger or acquisition?

A: This is not a merger or acquisition. It is an agreement between CNR and Mercy College to continue the educational needs of CNR’s students at Mercy.


Q: Is there somewhere I can call for more information?  

A: Contacts have been established to help you in the following areas.

 

At the College of New Rochelle:

Financial Aid:

At Mercy College:

Admissions:

Student Affairs:

Financial Aid:

Athletics:


Q: Is Mercy College a non-profit organization?

A: Mercy College is a private, non-profit institution.


Q: What governing bodies accredit Mercy College?

A: Mercy College is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. To learn more please visit https://www.mercy.edu/about-mercy/accreditations


Q: Do I need to worry about Mercy College experiencing similar difficulties as CNR in the future?

A: No. Mercy College is in very strong financial shape and is taking a leadership role in the New York higher education landscape. Our strong foundation has allowed us to create uninterrupted educational pathways for CNR students and significantly upgrade our Manhattan campus, among other exciting projects.


Q: How do I obtain a transcript?

A: Presently, students will obtain transcripts through the regular CNR process.  Information on how to obtain a transcript after the summer 2019 semester ends will be provided at a later date.


Q: Who will maintain my educational records?

A: It is expected that Mercy College will become the repository of CNR documents after the summer 2019 semester. 


Q: If I graduate in May, where will my diploma be from?

A: If you are graduating in the spring of 2019, or have graduated prior to the spring 2019, your diploma will be from CNR.

Q: I’m a current Mercy student.  How will this change impact me?

A: There will be no changes to Mercy students.  Through this partnership, Mercy expects to offer new programs which will provide more options for students and make Mercy stronger.


Q: I am in the process of applying to Mercy.  How will this change impact my chances of being accepted?

A: There will be no change for students applying to Mercy College.


Q: Will my PACT mentor have more students?

A: We are committed to a personalized experience for all students and will adjust staff accordingly.


Q: How will this impact the Mercy’s shuttle services?  

A: There will be no anticipated impact on Mercy’s shuttle services. 


Q: If I am on a waitlist for a residential spot, will I lose this to accommodate a CNR student?

A: No. Your place on the waitlist is secured.

Q: If I am a current CNR student, why should I continue my education at Mercy College?

A: Mercy College is providing a seamless pathway for students to continue their education without losing time or credits for their major. Mercy College is working to serve CNR students at existing CNR campuses where possible. Mercy will work to retain existing CNR faculty to ensure continuity. Mercy’s goal is to provide CNR students who choose to attend Mercy College with a comparable high-quality liberal arts education.  Mercy is also working to ensure that former CNR students do not pay more than what they are currently paying in tuition. Mercy and CNR share a similar heritage and legacy and the Colleges will work to create a circumstance where Mercy will keep the legacy of CNR alive well into the future. Mercy College offers a personalized learning experience that includes the College’s Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. PACT is a nationally recognized mentoring program that helps students navigate through their college career.


Q: Will current CNR students need to apply for Mercy admission?

A: No. Currently enrolled students of CNR in good standing who wish to continue at Mercy College may become students of Mercy College. The College is offering CNR students a chance to complete their college education on time and uninterrupted by the closing of CNR. CNR transcripts and records will be automatically transferred to Mercy College.


Q: Will current CNR students lose credits?

A: Mercy College is working very carefully to ensure that CNR students won’t lose any time, or any credits earned so far. The goal is for students to move forward in a seamless way.


Q: Are there other options available besides Mercy?

A: Students are certainly free to transfer elsewhere.  However, through the agreement worked out between CNR and Mercy, students will be provided with a seamless pathway to complete their degree.


Q: Does Mercy College offer all the degree programs CNR offers?

A: Every CNR student in good standing will be provided with a pathway to complete their degree.  CNR and Mercy College share many complementary degree programs and it is expected that most CNR students will be able to complete their degrees at Mercy through the comprehensive agreement between the two colleges.  Mercy is actively working with the accrediting bodies to make sure that appropriate approvals are in place for programs and sites for fall 2019. 


Q: Will CNR students be able to complete the current spring semester at CNR?

A: Yes. Classes currently in session at CNR will continue uninterrupted through May 2019.


Q: Will CNR students be able to graduate from CNR in May 2019?

A: Yes, if students complete all the requirements for their degree this semester, they will graduate in May when CNR holds its commencement ceremony, as scheduled.


Q: If I graduate in May 2019, where will my diploma be from?

A: If you are graduating in the spring of 2019, or have graduated prior to the spring 2019, your diploma will be from CNR.


Q: If I finish my course work over the summer, will my degree be from Mercy or CNR?

A: Mercy and CNR are continuing to work out details and will share information as soon as it is finalized.


Q: What will happen to those students who haven’t finished their programs this semester?

A: A smooth transition for CNR students is a primary goal of the agreement between CNR and Mercy.  To that end, CNR and Mercy College are working collaboratively on a plan for each of CNR’s current students to provide a pathway to complete the degrees that they were previously seeking from CNR.  CNR students will receive additional information soon regarding their degree programs and courses through Mercy College. Mercy College is committed to making the transition as seamless as possible for students and questions can be directed to the following:

At the College of New Rochelle:

Financial Aid:

At Mercy College:

Student Affairs:

Financial Aid:

Athletics:


Q: Where should I go if I have questions about my program?

A: CNR students who have questions about their program should speak to their dean, campus director or program chair.


Q: Is the curriculum going to be the same for my program at Mercy?

A: Mercy College is working to ensure a seamless transition and anticipate no changes in curriculum. As soon as programs are finalized, more information will be made available.


Q: Will there be an appeal option for students who are not in good academic standing?

A: CNR students who are not in good academic standing should speak with their academic advisor at CNR to determine their pathway forward.


Q: Will credits for all courses taken at CNR transfer to Mercy College?

A: Credits for all courses taken at CNR are anticipated to be honored by Mercy.


Q: Will Mercy honor more than 6 transfer credits into a graduate program?

A: Yes; all CNR students in good academic standing are eligible to transfer their completed coursework during this teach-out phase.


Q: Will my CNR grade point average be calculated into the grade point average I earn at Mercy?

A: No.  Your CNR grade point average will display on your CNR transcript only.  Your Mercy College grade point average will be calculated based on Mercy College coursework only. 


Q: Will current CNR students who matriculate at Mercy be able to change their major?

A: Yes. Beginning in the fall 2019, students in good standing at CNR will become Mercy students and thus will be able to change their major consistent with Mercy academic policies.


Q: How do I obtain a transcript?

A: Presently, students will obtain transcripts through the regular CNR process.  Information on how to obtain a transcript after the summer 2019 semester ends will be provided at a later date.


Q: I created a student organization at CNR and am currently the president. Will I have an opportunity to bring my student organization to Mercy?

A: Yes.


Q: What is the process for receiving reasonable accommodations at Mercy?

A: The Office of ACCESSibility provides Accommodations, Collaboration, Consultation, and Educational Support Services for students with disabilities. The office works to collaborate with and empower students who have disabilities to enable equal access to an education and college life. ACCESS provides opportunities and resources that will facilitate the development of self-advocacy, self-efficacy, and adaptive skills in students to overcome barriers a disability may present. To learn more contact, accessibility@mercy.edu.


Q: Will there be a mandatory New Student Orientation?

A: Yes. New Student Orientations are popular and well attended at Mercy. Multiple sessions are offered and provide a fun and informative experience.


Q: How do I determine which New Student Orientation I should register for?

A: New students should register for the orientation where they are taking the majority of their classes. At Mercy, we call this the “home campus.” However, you are welcome to attend any of the New Student Orientations.


Q: I will be a junior next fall. It is important that I get an internship in my field. Will Mercy help me find an internship?

A: As a Mercy student, you will have access to all the Mercy College Career resources, including Career Maverick.  Career Maverick is Mercy’s online internship and job board, where employers post open internship and job opportunities targeting Mercy College students and alumni. The Career team will invite you to engage and prepare for these opportunities through participation in career communities, programs, and events, many of which include employers looking to connect with students, as well as through individual career coaching.  Learn more on our website, at https://career.mercy.edu/


Q: Internships in my field are unpaid and I can’t afford to do an unpaid internship.  Can you help me?

A: Mercy College has an Internship Grant program offered in the fall and spring semesters to help students complete unpaid internships, while completing a three-credit internship course.  As a Mercy student, you will receive communication each semester from the Career team about this program, with important information such as deadlines, requirements, etc.  The information is listed on our website, at  https://career.mercy.edu/channels/internship-grant/

  • You may also reach out to CPD@mercy.edu with any questions regarding the Internship Grant program.

Q: I work full time and am not able to attend career events or meetings during the day.  May I meet with a Career Coach during evening hours?

A: Yes. Mercy’s Career Coaches are available for evening appointments with students.  Students may schedule appointments in person on one of our campuses, on the phone, or virtually through Zoom or Skype.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, please email CPD@mercy.edu, or call 914-674-7203.  In addition, the Career website has a wealth of information for students, accessible 24/7 for your convenience:  https://career.mercy.edu/


Q: Can a minor in general (chemistry specifically) be conferred at Mercy if the student is has taken the required courses for the CNR minor?

A: Current student academic data will be imported into the Mercy College system.  All minors will need to be reviewed on a student by student basis with advisors.


Q: Can I take courses at another institution over the summer that will transfer back to Mercy College?  

A: CNR academic policies apply and require pre-approval. Transcripts must be sent to Mercy College.


Q Will Mercy College students be attending classes at CNR locations?

A No. 


Q What happens if I repeat a class that I took at CNR for a better grade at Mercy College? 

A Credits, not grades, will be included on the Mercy College transcript for all CNR students.  The Mercy College grade suppression policy will continue for courses (grades) earned as a Mercy College students.  As long as a student has a passing grade in the course, the credits will transfer to Mercy College. 

Q: I have been accepted to CNR, can I now attend Mercy College?

A: Yes. Mercy College is committed to honoring acceptances at CNR for the summer and fall 2019 start terms. If you have been admitted to CNR, you will receive a formal acceptance letter from Adam Castro, Vice President of Admissions at Mercy College, via standard mail and email shortly with specific information about transitioning your application to Mercy College.


Q: How can I visit Mercy College?

A: There are several ways to visit Mercy College. You can set up an individual campus tour at any of our four campuses. Accepted students are encouraged to attend our upcoming Accepted Student Day on Saturday, April 13. Mercy also offers one-on-one appointments with an Admission Counselor. You can schedule any type of campus visitation by calling 877-MERCY-GO or by emailing admissons@mercy.edu. Mercy College is also planning on hosting information sessions at CNR sites in the very near future.


Q: Can I take summer classes at Mercy? If so, how do I register?

A: Yes, to register for summer classes, please contact

 Admissions:


Q: How do I register for fall classes at Mercy?

A: Fall registration is now underway. PACT is Mercy’s flagship program focused on student success.  Each CNR student will be paired with a PACT mentor who will reach out to them and work closely with them to map their individual path to graduation and career success.  To learn more contact pact@mercy.edu.


Q: Where will I take my classes starting in fall 2019?

A: To help minimize disruption to the CNR students, Mercy College is exploring leasing some of the CNR New Rochelle campus and other CNR locations for the short-term.  Long-term decisions about the continuing use of former CNR locations will be made and communicated at a later date.


Q: Will there be any changes to the timing of fall registration/advisement with students?

A: Mercy College is working with CNR advisors to maintain the existing registration dates. Please speak with your CNR academic advisor to confirm details.

 

Q: Will there be housing in New Rochelle?

A: Mercy College will be making arrangements for students who have housing needs. The College will be working to obtain leases to continue to house students in New Rochelle on the CNR Campus.


Q: Do you provide summer housing in New Rochelle?

A: Mercy College will be making arrangements for students who have housing needs. The College is working to obtain leases to continue to house students in New Rochelle on the CNR Campus.


Q: If I want to be a resident at the Mercy Dobbs Ferry Campus, is that an option?

A: Yes, Mercy College offers residential life options at the Dobbs Ferry Campus.  To learn more, please contact Residential Life at residentiallife@mercy.edu, or (914) 674-7277.


Q: Can I apply to be a Resident Advisor?

A: Yes, Mercy College will continue to need and hire Resident Advisors.  To learn more, please contact

Residential Life at residentiallife@mercy.edu, or (914) 674-7277.


Q: Are you making sure that the residential students at New Rochelle have access to services including cafeteria, library, transportation and security?

A: The College will be working to obtain leases to continue to house students in New Rochelle on the CNR Campus. Mercy College plans to provide access to similar services that were provided while students were enrolled at CNR.

Q: Does Mercy College have F-1 international students?  

A: Yes. Mercy College is home to over 100 F-1 international students and 40 students on the OPT work authorization. Mercy has a globally diverse student community with over 55 countries represented. Many international students live in the residence halls at the Dobbs Ferry Campus.  Mercy does not sponsor the J-1 visa at this time.


Q: Is Mercy’s tuition different for international students?

A: There is no difference in the tuition rate for international students (from their domestic student counterparts).


Q: What does an international student need to do in order to attend Mercy College?

A: Prospective F-1 international students should contact International Student Services (ISS) at international@mercy.edu or 914-674-7284 with any questions regarding transferring to Mercy.  ISS is prepared to provide transfer students with a seamless transition to Mercy and will issue the Form I-20 to all eligible students.  Contact International Student Services as soon as possible for details regarding SEVIS record transfer and I-20 issuance so that your F-1 status may be uninterrupted. 


Q: What actions are taking place to assist international students at CNR?

A: CNR and Mercy College will continue to work with regulatory bodies that handle visas for international students. At CNR you may contact Vincent Tunstall, vtunstall@cnr.edu , (914) 654-5466 or Carmen Rosa, crosa@cnr.edu, (914) 654-5543 to determine your pathway forward.

Q: Is Mercy College more expensive than CNR? Will I qualify for the same financial aid or scholarships?

A: Mercy College is one of the most affordable private colleges in New York.  Undergraduate tuition will be $18,933 for the 2019-20 academic year.  Federal and state aid is supplemented by a generous package of merit and need-based institutional aid.  Current CNR students can expect to be packaged for the 2019-20 academic year with financial aid on a rolling basis upon receipt of both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and academic information from CNR.  To start the process, students should add the Mercy College Federal School Code of 002772 to their FAFSA application via www.fafsa.gov.  


Q: What happens to the loans I took out while I was a CNR student?

A: Prior federal student loans will remain in deferment while enrolled minimally half time at Mercy College.


Q: Will my current scholarship be honored?

A: CNR students will receive a comprehensive financial aid package from Mercy College upon receipt of FAFSA application data, including federal, state and institutional aid from Mercy.

 

Mercy College is one of the most affordable private colleges in New York.  Undergraduate tuition will be $18,933 for the 2019-20 academic year.  Federal and state aid is supplemented by a generous package of merit and need-based institutional aid.  Current CNR students can expect to be packaged for the 2019-20 academic year with financial aid on a rolling basis upon receipt of both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and academic information from CNR.  To start the process, students should add the Mercy College Federal School Code of 002772 to their FAFSA application via www.fafsa.gov.  


Q: How do I find out what scholarships are available to me at Mercy?

A: Mercy College offers numerous scholarships.  Please visit our website for more information https://www.mercy.edu/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships-and-grants


Q: When will I receive my financial aid packet from Mercy? 

A: Current CNR students can expect to be packaged for the 2019-20 academic year with financial aid on a rolling basis upon receipt of both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and academic information from CNR.  To start the process, students should add the Mercy College Federal School Code of 002772 to their FAFSA application via www.fafsa.gov.


Q: Does Mercy College offer the private college version (Excelsior) of the Governor’s Free College Program?

A: Mercy College participates in the NYS ETA (Enhanced Tuition Award) program.

Q: What will be done to preserve the CNR’s history and legacy?

A: Mercy College recognizes the importance of preserving the legacy of CNR to its alumnae/i through events such as reunions, social media and other means, and looks forward to working with its alumnae/i and other members of its community to accomplish this. As Mercy College and CNR move forward they will look for the most impactful ways to keep CNR traditions alive. CNR alumnae/i should contact Brenna Mayer, VP College Advancement, with any questions (914) 654-5289.


Q: Does CNR and Mercy have similar cultures?

A: Mercy College and CNR share similar heritages and missions. The Ursuline sisters who founded The College of New Rochelle had as their motto serviam, which means “I will serve.” The Sisters of Mercy established Mercy College with a very similar motto, inserviendo consumere, which means “To be consumed in service.” Like CNR, Mercy shares a rich tradition of community service and providing educational access to both traditional and non-traditional students, as well as an emphasis on academic excellence.


Q: I’m a CNR alumnae/i, how do I obtain a transcript?

A: Presently, students will obtain transcripts through the regular CNR process.  Information on how to obtain one after the summer 2019 semester ends will be provided at a later date.


Q: Will there be CNR Alumni Committee to continue CNR traditions?

A: Mercy College will work closely with CNR alumnae/i to develop programs, events and communications to keep the CNR traditions alive. 


Q: What role can CNR alumnae/i play in the transition of students?

A: The CNR alumnae/i may be actively engaged in working with students to understand their options.

Q: What is happening to CNR’s campus and buildings?

A: Much of CNR’s property is subject to creditors’ claims and Mercy will not be assuming those liabilities. Mercy is focused on what CNR students need – a pathway to uninterrupted education – and will let NR handle its business affairs. Mercy is hoping to obtain leases on CNR’s New Rochelle campus.  


Q: Where is Mercy College located?

A: Mercy College has four campuses and online programs.  Our campuses include Dobbs Ferry, Bronx (at the Hutch Metro Center), Manhattan (at Herald Square) and Yorktown Heights.

Q: What will happen to CNR Athletics?

A: Mercy College is working with the NCAA to apply for Division 3 status in addition to maintaining its Division 2 status. There are examples regionally and nationally where this has been allowed. It is our desire to create a pathway for CNR’s student athletes to continue competing at the Division 3 level.

Q: What will happen with existing CNR federal and state grants?

A: Anyone who is managing a federal or state grant is asked to contact to Dominic Esposito at CNR.  Other details will be determined in the future. 

Q: I’m a  member of the faculty and staff at CNR,  will there be layoffs as a result of this?

A: In all likelihood there will be lay-offs as a result of the announced closing of CNR. Mercy College expects to be able to offer employment to some CNR faculty and staff in the weeks ahead, though we don’t yet know whom or how many. Discussions regarding program offerings are still underway, and the impact on faculty and staff needs is being determined as quickly as possible.


Q: What documents are necessary for employment at Mercy College?

A: All employment is contingent on a satisfactory background check and the submission of the required 1-9 paperwork. Faculty may also be asked for a copy of an official transcript supporting their highest degree attained unless one is provided with their CNR personnel records

Disclaimer: The above FAQs are anticipated answers and subject to change, they are not  intended as legal advice.