Misericordia University is holding an open house program on the Back Mountain campus for high school students and their parents on Saturday, Sept. 28 beginning with registration at 9 a.m.

Misericordia University is holding an open house program on the Back Mountain campus for high school students and their parents on Saturday, Sept. 28 beginning with registration at 9 a.m.

The program offers an informative tour of the more than 124-acre campus, meetings with Misericordia students, faculty and coaches, as well as information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors.

The program begins with registration at 9 a.m. in the Anderson Sports and Health Center at the North Gate of the upper campus. A special “Meet the Coaches” session will be held from 9-10 a.m. The open house program will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The schedule includes refreshments, campus tours, a faculty session and lunch, and meetings with representatives of student services, athletics and financial aid. A session will also be held on the university’s Alternative Learner’s Project for students with learning disabilities.

Misericordia University offers a liberal arts curriculum with 36 academic programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 2013-14 first-year class of 431 students is the second largest in the school’s 89-year history and brings the total enrollment to 3,058.

New academic programs being offered to undergraduate students include the five-year combined Bachelor of Science in Medical Science and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. The 3+2-year course of study is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences and is designed to prepare students for clinical practice as well as leadership in the medical community. Also popular is the bachelor’s degree in Government, Law and National Security, which is designed to prepare students to enter the homeland security workforce within the government and private sector.

All prospective students will have an opportunity to tour numerous buildings on the upper and lower campuses, including the 40,000-square-foot John J. Passan Hall, 100 Lake St., Dallas. Passan Hall houses state-of-the-art simulator laboratories and classrooms in the nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology programs of the College of Health Sciences.

The tours will also offer a look at the new athletic facilities, including Tambur Field, the new home to Cougar Baseball, and the University’s new John and Mary Metz Field House, adjacent to Manglesdorf Field. The University added football to its roster for the 2012 season and is just one of two schools in the Middle Atlantic Conference to offer all 23 varsity sports sponsored by the conference.

In the 2012 National Survey of Student Engagement, 94 percent of Misericordia freshmen gave the school a high grade compared to 88 percent at other schools surveyed, and overwhelmingly rated the faculty as available, helpful and sympathetic. Misericordia is also ranked in the top tier, Best Regional Universities - North category of the 2013 U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Colleges and is also ranked as a Best Northeast College by the Princeton Review.

The Misericordia University Teacher Education Program is also one of only 105 teacher preparation programs in the country and one of only seven in Pennsylvania to be named to the Honor Roll in the 2013 National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) ratings released by U.S. News & World Report on June, 18, 2013.

Misericordia University’s undergraduate secondary education program received three out of four stars in the national report, “Teacher Prep Review: A Review of the Nation’s Teacher Preparation Programs 2013.’’ The three-star designation means the Misericordia University Teacher Education Program “provides strong preparation,’’ according to the report. Of the 1,200 elementary and secondary education programs in the United States that were assigned an overall program rating by NCTQ, only 9 percent received the special Honor Roll designation by earning three or four stars.

In northeastern Pennsylvania, Misericordia University is one of only two schools to be recognized nationally. Four schools achieved a four-star ranking in the NCATE study.

“Misericordia University is proud to be ranked among the very best teacher education programs in the country,’’ said Joseph Rogan, Ed.D., professor of teacher education at Misericordia University. “As the most senior teacher education program in northeastern Pennsylvania, Misericordia has been preparing highly proficient and professional educators for generations by addressing state and professional standards, and utilizing proven best practices for instruction.’’

The final report is a 2.5-year effort to gauge the quality of the bachelor’s and master’s degree tracks required to enter the teaching profession, according to U.S. News & World Report. NCTQ’s ratings evaluated 1,200 teacher preparation programs at 608 colleges and universities on key standards designated by the research group.

For more information about the open house or to register, please contact the Misericordia University Admissions Office at (570) 675-4449, or toll free at 1-866-262-6363, or by e-mail at admiss@misericordia.edu. Students can also visit Misericordia University online at www.admissions.misericorida.edu.

Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 36 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.