Transfer Students

You'll feel welcome at Mount Mercy—many of our students have transferred in from other 2- and 4-year colleges. We make it an easy process by accepting up to 93 credits, providing personalized advising, and offering guaranteed admissions programs.

Application Steps

Applications are open for the 2023-24 academic year!

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  • 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 official transcripts from all colleges attended (and high school transcripts if you don't have an associate degree) to:
    • Mount Mercy University Admissions
      1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

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Next Steps

Admissions Criteria

Mount Mercy evaluates all transfer applications on an individual basis. A variety of factors are weighed by the Admissions Committee to ensure students admitted will find a good fit intellectually and personally, based on preparation and experience.

  • While specific courses are not required for admission, transcripts will be evaluated to ensure a strong college curriculum has been successfully completed.

  • Strong consideration will be given to applicants with a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

  • In accordance with articulation agreements with all Iowa community colleges, associate degree holders with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA will be automatically accepted for admission.
    • Students graduating with an A.A.S. in Business Administration from Kirkwood with a minimum 2.0 GPA are also automatically accepted for admission.
    • Guaranteed admission programs are also available to students from other community colleges. See the Approved Colleges list below. 

Guaranteed Admission Program

Mount Mercy will guarantee admission into our traditional undergraduate program to any veteran or international student who completes an associate degree (A.A. or A.S. or an A.A.S in business administration) for the following colleges:

  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Hawkeye Community College
  • Indian Hills Community College
  • Marshalltown/Iowa Valley Community College
  • Southeastern Community College

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  • Advising: A Mount Mercy advisor will assist you with early advising to be sure courses you take transfer easily to Mount Mercy.

  • Scholarships: In addition to generous transfer scholarships, a $1,000 renewable scholarship for military personnel and international students will be offered.

  • Residential grants: International students may also qualify for a residential grant of $3,500 to help with on-campus living at Mount Mercy. 

  • Veterans Lounge: You'll have access to Mount Mercy's Veterans Lounge, reserved only for our military personnel. 

  • Free lunches: Veterans who plan to transfer to Mount Mercy are welcome to participate in the university’s Veterans Free Lunch Friday. Just bring your college and military IDs! 

Learn more about services for our veterans

2+2 Transfer Programs

With Mount Mercy’s 2+2 program, students transferring from an Iowa community college with their associate degree are typically able to complete their bachelor’s degree at Mount Mercy University in two years (or less).

Learn more here

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