Our nearly 1,900 students come from all over Iowa and the world. They choose Mount Mercy for our hands-on classes, meaningful faculty interaction, vibrant student life and our commitment to leadership and compassionate service.
Mount Mercy alumni are the backbone of their eastern Iowa communities — nurses, teachers, business professionals, and civic leaders — and living proof of the merits of a Mercy education.
Since its founding in 1928 by the Sisters of Mercy, Mount Mercy has been many things: a girls' academy for training young teachers and nurses, a two-year college for women, a four-year coed liberal arts college, and now a full university. But we’ve never lost sight of our founding mission: to provide a career-launching, life-affirming education in service of the common good.
Where We’re Going
This is an exciting time for Mount Mercy. Thanks to the forward-thinking leadership of the Board of Trustees, Mount Mercy College became Mount Mercy University on August 23, 2010. With a redesigned and expanded undergraduate curriculum, in-demand graduate programs and the region’s most successful accelerated program, we have positioned ourselves as a distinguished Iowa institution and a national leader within the Conference for Mercy Higher Education.