About Cedar Rapids

Mount Mercy is proud to be part of the friendly, tight-knit Iowa community of Cedar Rapids. Many of our students come from the greater Cedar Rapids region, and many of our graduates make their lives here. Visit any hospital, school or local business and you’re sure to meet some Mustangs.

Cedar Rapids is simply a great place to live. It's a safe, active, and cultured Midwestern town full of museums, professional sports, concerts, theater, green spaces and great restaurants. It’s also a vibrant business community, which means lots of internships for Mount Mercy students and great jobs when they graduate. Local businesses value Mount Mercy students for their hands-on liberal arts training and demonstrated leadership skills. We’re proud to see so many Mount Mercy graduates in leadership positions within Cedar Rapids companies and organizations. Through their success and ongoing commitment to service, our alumni are our best ambassadors for a Mercy education.

Fast Facts

Mount Mercy University
1330 Elmhurst Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Placed on 40 wooded acres in the heart of historic Cedar Rapids in a safe, residential area. Thirty minutes from Iowa City and four hours from the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha and St. Louis.

A Great Place To Live

  • Cedar Rapids ranks 2nd in the nation for overall quality of life by Outlook magazine including #1 safest place to live and #2 favorable drive times
  • Cedar Rapids and Iowa City recognized as “Best Places for Businesses and Careers” by Forbes magazine. Cedar Rapids ranked number 13 out of the nation’s two hundred largest metropolitan statistical areas
  • Cedar Rapids ranked number 1 for projected job growth by Forbes magazine 
  • Cedar Rapids rated 57th in the Milken Institute for economic vibrancy of metropolitan areas
  • Cedar Rapids receives the highest rating possible for quality of life from Expansion Management
  • Cedar Rapids in the top 12 cities in the U.S. for places to locate a company according to Expansion magazine
  • Iowa is ranked the nation's 3rd most livable state based on factors such as median household income, crime rate, sunny days, and infant mortality rate