Apply as an International Student

Mount Mercy is a diverse, close-knit community with students from all over the world.

Each year the number of international students increases. No matter how far you are from home, Mount Mercy’s staff, faculty and fellow classmates will make your journey unforgettable.

If you're considering applying to Mount Mercy, here are some basic materials you'll need to prepare:

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

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 an official 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)

Once you are accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter from Mount Mercy and the I-20 Visa form. With those two documents, your financial statement, a passport and photo ID, you can obtain a U.S.A. Student Visa from the American Embassy located in your home country. Once you obtain the VISA and purchase a plane ticket, you should contact your International Student Advisor to make arrival plans and register for classes.

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.