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

  • 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.
    • If you don’t have an associate degree, send high school transcripts to:
      Mount Mercy University Admissions
      1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

  • Set up a campus visit and meet with our faculty.

  • See how your credits transfer with our transfer guide and transfer tool.
    • An official transfer credit audit will be sent to you upon admittance.

  • File your FAFSA before July 1 to receive your financial aid award—including Mount Mercy’s generous transfer scholarships.
    • Our FAFSA Code: 001880 

  • Attend a registration session and orientation.


College-level credits earned at regionally accredited institutions are evaluated and may be accepted as credit toward graduation from Mount Mercy. 

  • 2-year colleges—We accept up to 63 credit hours from a 2-year college. For those with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science degree in an approved major from Kirkwood Community College or other Iowa community colleges, you may transfer 75 credits. 

  • 4-year colleges—Up to 93 credits can be transferred from a 4-year accredited college, ACE-recommended institution or military program.

Attended more than one school? It's not unusual for our students to have attended several institutions before arriving at Mount Mercy University. To make sure we can transfer as many of your credits as possible, please request official transcripts from all of the previous institutions you attended.

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. 

Kirkwood 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) at Kirkwood Community College.

  • Advising: A Mount Mercy advisor will assist you with early advising to be sure courses you take at Kirkwood 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 enrolled at Kirkwood who plan to transfer to Mount Mercy are welcome to participate in the university’s Veterans Free Lunch Friday. Just bring your Kirkwood 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).

See how your general education courses transfer into MMU's liberal arts core.

Major not included? Nearly any major at MMU can be completed in two years if you already have your associate degree. See our catalog for a plan of study.

Evening programs for working adults—See our majors and learn more about transferring into our evening accelerated online programs, which start every 5 weeks. Many options are available for you to find the most efficient path to completion. Contact us for a personalized advising plan. 

Seeking a second degree or major? You may have already earned your bachelor's degree, but would like to expand your studies into a new field. You can do just that at Mount Mercy by pursuing a second degree or major in our transfer-friendly evening program.

Prior Learning Assessment—We allow up to 30 credits through APEL (Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning), which permits students to request that substantial work-related or other prior learning experiences and accomplishments be evaluated for potential academic credit.

  • Mount Mercy accepts 63-75* credits from community colleges and 93 credits total.

  • Students who transfer to Mount Mercy with an AA degree from an Iowa community college will have all core curriculum requirements waived except the Mercy Capstone and one course in philosophy or religion. These two requirements must be taken at Mount Mercy.   
*75 credits for students majoring in business, health care leadership, and outdoor conservation.
  • Kirkwood Community College*         
  • Hawkeye Community College*
  • Indian Hills Community College*
  • Marshalltown/Iowa Valley Community College* 
  • Southeastern Community College*
  • Des Moines Area Community College*
  • Northeast Iowa Community College 
  • North Iowa Area Community College
  • Iowa Lakes Community College
  • Northwest Iowa Community College
  • Iowa Central Community College      
  • Eastern Iowa Community College
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College
  • Iowa Western Community College
  • Southwestern Community College

*Students graduating with an A.A. or A.S. degree, or an A.A.S. in business, with a minimum 2.0 grade point, are automatically admitted to MMU through the Guaranteed Admission Program. 

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