Mount Mercy featured in 2012 College Access & Opportunity Guide

Mount Mercy University has been featured in the Center for Student Opportunity's 2012 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 order to attract and retain students who might otherwise miss a higher education opportunity. Mount Mercy is one of four institutions in Iowa recognized for this accomplishment, and continues to extend educational opportunities to new generations of students.

According to the U.S Department of Education, eight out of ten young people expect to attain a bachelor's degree or higher. Despite these aspirations, however, students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education or come from low-income backgrounds are severely underrepresented on college campuses.

“Mount Mercy promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages, and faiths a challenging, practical education,” says Mount Mercy Dean of Admissions Scott Baumler.  “We are committed to building bridges, creating community, and inspiring students with the passion, skill, and determination needed to make a better tomorrow, today.”

At Mount Mercy, 100 percent of full-time freshmen receive some form of institutional financial. In addition to academic, athletic, and program-specific scholarships, Mount Mercy awards need-based Mount Mercy Grants to help support students who might not be eligible for other forms of financial aid. Mount Mercy also has a need-blind admissions process, which allows students to be admitted based on qualifications and potential, without regard to family financial status.

The 2012 College Access & Opportunity Guide features:

  • 241 colleges and universities highlighted for their outreach efforts, financial aid opportunities, and student support services
  • A four-step plan to college developed by KnowHow2GO
  • Articles and advice from experts and college students
  • Valuable information for parents and mentors, including a Spanish-language section 

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