Morningside College

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1501 Morningside Avenue

Sioux City, IA 51106

Phone: (712) 274-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#22 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Morningside College is a private institution that was founded in 1894. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,242, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 68 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Morningside College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 22. Its tuition and fees are $25,990 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The Morningside College experience cultivates a passion for life-long learning and a dedication to ethical leadership and civic responsibility. Located in Sioux City, Iowa, Morningside offers a low student to faculty ratio of 13:1, allowing its students to be part of a challenging but supportive community. Students learn to think creatively, work with others as a team, and gain a clear sense of where they're headed in life. There are more than 40 student-led organizations. New apartment-style residence halls opened fall, 2003. A residence hall that opened in 2007 is home to a Leadership Academy that assists students in developing and improving their leadership skills. 99% of Morningside students receive financial aid based on merit as well as need. Within six months of graduation, 99% of our students are employed or admitted to graduate school.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1894
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $38,050,728


When applying to Morningside College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Morningside College is 13:1, and the school has 43.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Morningside College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; and Counseling Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 50%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 20%
Elementary Education and Teaching 16%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 12%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 8%
Counseling Psychology 5%

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Student Life

Morningside College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,242, with a gender distribution of 49 percent male students and 51 percent female students. At this school, 60 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 40 percent of students live off campus. Morningside College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,224
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Morningside College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Morningside College also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Morningside College, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Morningside College.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Morningside College, 85.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,138.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $25,990 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,930 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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