Since its founding 85 years ago 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.
The more than 1,800 men and women who make up our student body come from all over Iowa and the world. They choose Mount Mercy for our small, 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.
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.