Apply as an International Student

Mount Mercy is a diverse community, welcoming international students from more than 25 countries.  Small class sizes, personal attention from professors and staff, and our beautiful, safe campus make this an ideal location for international students to achieve success and feel at home.  Learn more!

Admission Guidelines

All required documents listed below must be on file by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: January 2

Strong consideration is given to applicants with the following:

  • Cumulative freshman grade point average of 2.75 or equivalent
  • Cumulative transfer grade point average of 2.50 or equivalent
  • Test scores:*
    TOEFL 550 PBT, 213 CBT, 79 IBT
    IELTS 6.5 
    STEP Eiken (Grade 1)
    ACT Composite of 20 with sub-scores of 17 or higher
    SAT 940

*Test scores are waived for students completing Level 112 of ELS's English for Academic Purposes program.

Students who do not meet the minimum grade point or test scores may still apply. The Admission Committee will review any files of those students who do not meet the minimum standards or who warrant concern. Any admission conditions and/or course recommendations will be determined on an individual basis by the Committee. If the student is an athlete, they must meet the guidelines to be eligible to play (per NAIA Article V, sections C and C.2).

Apply to Mount Mercy

A complete application file includes the following:

  • A completed paper or online application and personal statement
  • Official high school transcripts translated into English by a court-certified English Language Translator 
  • Official college and/or foreign university transcripts (for transfer students) translated into English and evaluated by a foreign credit evaluation agency
  • Official scores from a Test of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, STEP Eiken, ACT or SAT)
  • Certification of funding sources (certificate of finance or letter with affidavit from bank)
  • In addition, we recommend that you scan and send a copy of your passport, so we can ensure we have the correct spelling of your name.  Please scan and email to .

Once you are accepted, Mount Mercy will mail you an official admission letter and your I-20 form. With those two documents, your financial statement, and your passport, you can obtain an F-1 student visa from your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  The Office of International Student Recruitment and Integration will guide you through this process, and also provide helpful information on travel, packing, and preparing for your study in the United States.

Scholarships and Grants

International Academic Scholarships  |  $10,000-$14,500
Open to incoming international students, fall 2015.

  • $14,500 - Minimum GPA of 4.0 
  • $13,500 - Minimum GPA of 3.7 
  • $12,000 - Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • $10,500 - Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • $10,000 - Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Must be enrolled full-time to receive full award
  • Renewable annually for up to 4 years

International Residency Grant |  $3,500
Open to incoming international students, fall 2015.

  • Must reside each year on campus
  • Renewable annually for up to 4 years


Contact Us

If at any point in the application process you have questions or concerns, please contact your admissions counselor by email at, by phone at 319-368-6460319-368-6460 or 800-248-4504800-248-4504.