About Cedar Rapids

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.

  • Cedar Rapids is ranked #1 in Iowa for Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability.com
  • 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 23 for projected job growth by Forbes magazine 
  • 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
  • Cedar Rapids is the 2nd largest city in Iowa with a population of 130,000

Location within Cedar Rapids
1330 Elmhurst Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Main campus is placed on 40 wooded acres in the heart of historic Cedar Rapids in a safe, residential area. The nearby CRST International Graduate Center sits on 6 acres of land and The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex sits on 22 acres near main campus.

Mount Mercy's campus is thirty minutes from Iowa City and four hours from the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha and St. Louis.

Leading in Cedar Rapids
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.