Mount Mercy University

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1330 Elmhurst Drive NE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Phone: (319) 363-8213
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#25 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Mount Mercy University is a private institution that was founded in 1928. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,513, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 40 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Mount Mercy University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 25. Its tuition and fees are $26,310 (2013-14).

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

Mount Mercy is the regional Catholic, Mercy University and promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy is the only Catholic, Mercy University in Iowa. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of Mercy and open to all faiths its lovely,wooded campus is located in the heart of historic Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The campus is just 30 minutes from Iowa City, and 4 hours from Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha, and St. Louis. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to more than 1,800 enrolled students, uniquely blending liberal arts learning with professional career development and a strong commitment to serving the common good. Undergraduates can choose from among more than 40 majors and minors and strong programs in biology, business, criminal justice, education, English, psychology and nursing. Graduate programs in business, education, marriage and family therapy, and nursing provide graduate degrees for professionals looking to advance their careers. Dedicated faculty members inspire students to lead and serve, made easier with small classes and a student-teacher ratio of 13:1. An emphasis on internships and research connects students to experiential learning opportunities with internationally known corporations such as Rockwell Collins and Transamerica as well as projects with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, The Nature Conservancy, and East Central Iowa Council of Governments. Students also uncover opportunities for study abroad with programs with Palacky University in the Czech Republic, Canterbury Christ Church University in England, University of Stirling in Scotland and more. Students on "the Mount" benefit from a vibrant campus environment and active student life. Mount Mercy is a great place to be a student-athlete, succeeding in the classroom and on the field. Our intercollegiate teams, the Mount Mercy Mustangs, compete in the NAIA Division II as members of the Midwest Collegiate Conference. The Mustangs own more than 40 conference championships and 43 NAIA National tournament appearances. If you enjoy competition in a less structured environment, try intramural sports like basketball, volleyball, golf, flag football, and softball, or choose from more than 40 campus clubs and organizations. Mount Mercy students also give more than 12,000 hours per year to service projects all over the country. One hundred percent of freshmen students receive financial assistance. Within six months of graduation, more than 96 percent of Mount Mercy students are employed or in graduate school. 97 percent of Mount Mercy alumni repay their student loans on time. For more information on Mount Mercy, visit

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1928
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting city
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Mount Mercy University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 14. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.7 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 14

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Mount Mercy University is 13:1, and the school has 63.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Mount Mercy University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business/Commerce, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; and Elementary Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 45%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 17%
Business/Commerce, General 11%
Business Administration and Management, General 7%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 7%
Elementary Education and Teaching 6%

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Student Life

Mount Mercy University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,513, with a gender distribution of 31.4 percent male students and 68.6 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. Mount Mercy University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,810
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

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

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Mount Mercy University, 83.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,189.

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Tuition and fees $26,310 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,075 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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