Mount Mercy has been recognized in the Center for Student Opportunity’s 2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide, a comprehensive college guidebook designed to help low-income, first-generation college-bound students make their college dreams a reality.
Mount Mercy is highlighted as an institution making strides in outreach efforts, financial aid opportunities and student support services in an effort to attract and retain students who might otherwise miss a higher education opportunity.
Mount Mercy is one of six institutions in Iowa recognized for this accomplishment, and continues to extend educational opportunities to new generations of students.
Eight out of 10 young people expect to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to the U.S. Department of Education. But despite these aspirations, low-income students and those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education are severely underrepresented on college campuses.
According to the College Board, high-achieving students from low-income families have about the same chance of enrolling in college as lo w-achieving students from wealthier families. And even worse, those who do make it to college are not finding supportive college environments or graduating. A recent USA Today article notes that 89 percent of low-income, first-generation students leave college within six years without a degree.
“Mount Mercy is committed to offering programs and services that allow all our students to reach their full potential,” says Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake. “As an institution founded by the Sisters of Mercy, we are committed to their mission of providing a values-driven education to all men and women, in any stage of their lives or careers.”
Published by Sourcebooks, a leader in college guides and study aids, the 2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide is a significant breakthrough in arming students and their supporters with the necessary information to pursue and succeed in college.