Mount Mercy University
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system 4-1-4
Total enrollment 1,886
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Student to faculty ratio 14:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 604 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Mount Mercy University is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 1,288 applications and 797 students were granted admission. Mount Mercy University is at the #60 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 95% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 4% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
ACT18 to 24
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Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Mount Mercy University's tuition was $29,496 for all students regardless of residency (10.1% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of Mount Mercy University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 39% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $3,969 (which is 9.8% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Mount Mercy University in 2016-2017, was 194, which is 84% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $9,131 (which is 54.9% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Mount Mercy University has enrolled a total of 1,886 students (1,162 students full-time and 724 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 1,886 students, 229 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 31% men and 69% women and 1,580 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 306 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 133 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 80%

Black/African American: 7%

Non-resident alien: 4%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Asian: 2%

Two or more races: 2%

Hispanic: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Mount Mercy University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 53% 204 0
Health Professions And Related Programs 15% 57 0
Education 4% 15
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 3% 12 0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 2% 6
Psychology 2% 6
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1% 4
Natural Resources And Conservation 1% 2
Visual And Performing Arts 1% 2
Social Sciences 1% 2

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Mount Mercy University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Mount Mercy University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $40,600. Last year, out of the total 668 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 641 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 706 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 664 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $40,600 $43,900
Employment Rate 96% 94%
Total Graduates 668 706

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Mount Mercy University.

Coe College
1.1 mile away
Cornell College
12.7 mile away
Shiloh University
37.6 mile away
Divine Word College
47.6 mile away
Allen College
50.7 mile away
Grinnell College
57.8 mile away
Upper Iowa University
58.4 mile away
Emmaus Bible College
59.7 mile away
University of Dubuque
59.7 mile away