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The Mercy Advantage
PACT Program (Personalized Achievement Contract)

Need help picking classes? Of course we do that. But college is so much more than just classes and homework. So why should you just have an academic adviser when you could have a PACT Mentor. 

Here at Mercy College, our PACT Mentors help you with the entire college experience. Want to find out about clubs to join? We can help. Looking for skills in managing the financial realities of college? We do that too. Think you just need some help in finding where you want to go next? That's exactly why we're here.  PACT mentors are trained to help in all these areas and even more so you get the most out of your Mercy experience.

Accelerate Success

The PACT program was recognized by Excelencia in Education for identifying and promoting evidence-based practices that help accelerate Latino Student Success.

 

Innovative Program

In 2010 the American Council on Education (ACE) included PACT as an innovation in higher education in their report to the White House.

 

See How PACT Is Here To Help You Throughout Your College Experience

PACT helps you choose your major and track your academic progress.



Learn about our PACT program

Academic Advising

Whether you’ve known your major since you were five or you’re not really sure where to start our mentors can help you set and achieve your goals.

PACT adapts with you. If you decide to change our major your mentor will show you what that change will look like, how to get the classes you need to complete that major and help you finish strong.

If you’re having trouble in a class, or just need some refreshers, PACT can connect you with tutors to make sure you stay on track.


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Career Exploration

PACT helps you turn your interests and skills into a successful career. Your mentor has a myriad of advisement tools available to help you narrow down your interests and discover the career path you want to explore.

Once you have a career direction, PACT helps you dive right in by connecting you with Career and Professional Development resources to help craft your résumé and begin the internship search.

Who you know is just as important as what you know. Your PACT Mentor will connect you to your Career Coach, who will offer you networking opportunities, programs and events to start making valuable career connections


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Financial Literacy

Between Federal Aid, Institutional Aid, State Aid, Scholarships, Grants and all the different types of loans, it's a wonder how anyone can figure out how to pay for college. Your PACT Mentor is here to help you navigate all of these options including how financial aid, part time jobs and other programs are available to help fund your education.


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Student Engagement & Resources

Mercy College offers a ton of resources, clubs, activities and ways to get involved on campus. But where do you start? How do you find everything that’s offered? By talking to your PACT mentor!

Your PACT mentor can help with getting involved on campus, finding the club or activity that’s right for you or even starting your own on-campus organization. So much of your college experience takes place outside of the college experience and PACT is here to make sure you’re connected to the thriving campus community.

PACT is also there to connect you to valuable campus resources such as the Office of ACCESSibility, counseling center, health services and tutoring center to name a few.

What to Expect

First Year Students

PACT is with you every step of the way as you get started at Mercy.

Before You Start at Mercy

Getting Started

  • PACT 101 – Access an Online PACT mentor, information on your Freshman Year Experience and how to videos
  • Navigate App – The tool will help you schedule appointments with your advisor or tutors, create to-do lists, find study buddies and view your current semester schedule
  • Complete E-Check up and Sexual Violence Prevention Session to live on campus: e-CHUG , e-TOKE, Sexual Violence Prevention 
  • First Year Experience (FYE) - Connect with other first year students, join in on special events and other activities and get involved in the Mercy Community. 

Getting to Know Mercy

  • Financial Aid - There are lots of options when it comes to funding your education. Visit our financial aid page to learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), scholarships, grants, federal work study and loans. 
  • Research and Library Services – The library is here to help with everything from research assistance or help figuring out your citations
  • Center of Academic Excellence & Innovation (CAEI) – The CAEI is here to support students with writing, math, science, general education and much more
  • Career Exploration – Your PACT mentor will help you explore career and major options using the tool FOCUS2
  • DegreeWorks – This tool helps you and your adviser track your progress, prepare for registration and plan for graduation

Second Year Students

PACT is here to help second year students with:

  • Declaring a major
  • Career options 
  • Résumé building 
  • Volunteer and internship experiences 
  • Building relationships with faculty members

Student Support

  • Career & Professional Development – Get help creating a resume, explore Handshake for job and internship opportunities, create a cover letter and more
  • Research and Library Services – The library is here to help with everything from research assistance or help figuring out your citations
  • Center of Academic Excellence & Innovation (CAEI) – The CAEI is here to support students with writing, math, science, general education and much more.
  • Second Year Experience (SYE) - We'll help you get your second year off to a great start, connect with other second year students and most importantly get involved with special events and activities. 

Transfer Students

Before Starting at Mercy

  • Submit your official college transcript
  • Submit your immunization records
  • Submit your FERPA Form to grant permission to release information about your student records to a third party
  • Transfer credit evaluation - Mercy College accepts a maximum of 75 credits from two-year colleges and 90 credits from four-year colleges and universities – a PACT mentor will help in mapping out a semester by semester plan through graduation

Getting Started

  • Navigate App – The tool will help you schedule appointments with your advisor or tutors, create to-do lists, find study buddies and view your current semester schedule 
  • Transfer Student Experience - Connect with other first transfer students, join in on special events and other activities and most importantly get involved in the Mercy Community. 

First Semester Goals:

  • Get involved on campus by attending events on campus and joining clubs and organizations
  • Meet with your PACT Advisor
  • Check your DegreeWorks to make sure your audit doesn't have a course you took at your previous institution. You should also review the credits that you transferred in. 
  • Submit your resume and join a Career Community on Handshake
  • Build a relationship with your faculty

Student Support

Graduate Students

A PACT mentor will help graduate students navigate:

  • Academics
  • Career options
  • Financial aid
  • Connect students to outside resources

The goal is to help support students throughout their graduate degree by collaborating with program directors and other departments to make sure we are with you through every step of the way.

Getting Started

  • Submit your official college transcript
  • Submit your immunization records
  • Download Navigate App – The tool will help you schedule appointments with your advisor or tutors, create to-do lists, find study buddies and view your current semester schedule

Student Support

Current Student PACT Resources

You can make an appointment with a PACT counselor, find immunization and other forms and access more PACT services on Mercy Connect.