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

  • Submit your completed application.
    • You’ll need a username and password to stop and resume completion of your application without losing any information you’ve already provided. It’ll take just minutes to complete—and it’s free.

  • Send your official standardized test scores or go to "Test-Optional".
    • Use Mount Mercy’s codes for ACT: 1340 and SAT: 6417
    • Test-Optional Admission: As of March 23, 2020, students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher do not need to send any additional information.  If your cumulative GPA is below 3.0, you will need to include an essay that includes 1) Why I’d like to pursue a college education? and 2) Why you’d like to attend MMU?
      • 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.
  • Send your official high school transcripts.
    • Please send official copies of your sixth semester transcripts (or higher) to Mount Mercy. 

  • Send your transcript of any college coursework (if applicable).
    • Please 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:

  • 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

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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