Freshmen

No application fee. No application deadline. But, we do encourage you to apply by early spring of your senior year in high school.

Application Steps

Fall 2022 applications are open!


  1. Create your application.
    • You’ll create an account and password for your application portal where you can complete your application without losing any information you’ve already provided. It’ll take just minutes to complete—and it’s free.
    • Hold onto your account information. With the application portal you'll be able to upload materials, check on the status of your application, and see your next steps!

  2. Choose your Path! Apply under Standard admissions criteria or go "Test-Optional".
    • Standard Admission: Students may self-report their academic information, including test scores, or submit the appropriate transcripts and test scores for review.
      • Use Mount Mercy’s codes for ACT: 1340 and SAT: 6417
    • Test-Optional Admission: Students applying to Mount Mercy may be admitted without submitting ACT or SAT test scores. Test-optional applicants are required to submit a high school transcript for review. See below for more information regarding admissions criteria.
      • Note: If you are a student-athlete, please check with NAIA regarding your eligibility for test-optional. International students are not eligible for test-optional admission.

  3. Send your official high school transcripts.
    • Send official copies of your sixth semester transcripts (or higher) to Mount Mercy.

  4. Send your transcript of any college coursework (if applicable).
    • Send official transcripts of any college coursework you’ve completed from any community college, university, trade school, or any other school from which you’ve taken classes.

Freshmen Admission Information Video

Admissions Criteria

The Admissions Committee evaluates all applications on an individual basis. Strong consideration will be given to applicants with the following:

Standard Admission

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Composite ACT score of 20 (1030 SAT) with subscores of 17 or higher
  • Class rank in the top half of graduating class (if provided)

Test-Optional Admission

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) 
    • Students below a cumulative 3.0 GPA will be required to submit a personal statement
  • Class rank in the top half of graduating class (if provided)

Students who do not meet initial admission criteria may be required to submit a personal statement. If you are required to submit a personal statement, a list of writing suggestions will be sent to you by email.  If you have questions regarding your personal statement, please contact your counselor or the admissions office at admission@mtmercy.edu.

Specific courses are not required for admissions but you’re encouraged to complete the following high school coursework:

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of social studies
  • Three years of mathematics*
  • Three years of science*

The Admissions Committee will review admissions files for students who do not meet the minimum admissions standards or whose application materials warrant closer examination. Any admissions conditions and/or course recommendations will be determined on an individual basis by the Committee.

*The following science and math courses are recommended for students interested in nursing or pre-health majors: Science courses should include biology, chemistry, physics, and any AP-level science courses offered. Math courses should advance at least through algebra II (nursing majors) and at least through pre-calculus (pre-health majors).

AP, CLEP, IB, and A Levels

Mount Mercy University offers credit for: 

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Cambridge AS and A level exams
You must earn a score of 3 or higher on the AP exam to receive college credit. Information about these and other credit-earning alternatives can be found in the Mount Mercy Catalog or the Registrar's Office.

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