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Storm Recovery Efforts

The Mount Mercy campus has sustained significant damage from the August 10 derecho wind storm. The campus is closed, and all students and non-essential employees are advised to stay home until further notice. Move-in is delayed, and more information will be available as power and cell service are restored. For updates, please visit the Storm Recovery webpage.

COVID-19 Update | Safe Return to Campus

Mount Mercy is excited to welcome students back to campus this fall. Courses will be offered in-person, hybrid, and online, and masks will be provided and required outside your solitary space. Common areas and classrooms have been configured for social distancing. For more information, visit the Safe Return webpage. NOTE: Storm recovery efforts may impact fall plans. Please check back.

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, was committed to serving underprivileged women with compassion—to provide shelter, education, health care, and work—and was aptly described as meeting the needs of her time. Catherine’s aim was visionary, eager to change the world. At her House of Mercy on Baggot Street, she and her co-workers used every resource at their disposal and restructured life in their Dublin neighborhood with compassion and determination. Her work did, indeed, change the world.

Mount Mercy University, one of her Sisters’ eventual ministries, was built on educational principles to meet our deepest ongoing human needs. As one of our resident philosophers said, "Our beginning point is to appreciate beauty and order; to value our history and context; to immerse ourselves in community; to reflect on our true purpose; to think deeply and critically; to be formed in virtue, justice, and wisdom; to value the treasure of the natural world; to see truth; to advance the common good." Not only do we meet these perennial human needs through an excellent education, but we rise to meet the needs of our time as Catherine did, addressing its specific social, technological, environmental, and political challenges and opportunities.

Higher education is changing rapidly and is far from life in 19th century Dublin or Mount Mercy’s founding. Disruption of higher education is inevitable. Discourse is difficult. The contours of university life seem uncertain. We know that our enduring student outcomes of analytical depth, expert communication, purposeful lives, and a commitment to compassion and the common good have never been more important.

Throughout our collaborative strategic planning process—during which we have sought always to listen to the broadest spectrum of student, faculty, and staff voices—the following guiding themes continued to resonate. Our vision for Mount Mercy University, as a thriving Catholic and Mercy institution, is to leverage academic excellence and engage all in our compelling story. Those with whom we engage will view Mount Mercy as a great place to learn, live, and work.

Our planning year brought us to an interesting conclusion, meeting the needs of our time is both our history and our future.