• There is no application fee.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Though there is no application deadline, we receive the majority of our applications by late winter/early spring.
  • Questions?  Contact one of our helpful Admissions Counselors.

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The Application Process

A complete admission file includes:

  • A completed paper or online application for admission
  • Official standardized test scores
    ACT code 1340; SAT code 6417
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official transcript of any college coursework (if applicable)


Admission 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 (1020 SAT) with sub-scores of 17 or higher
  • Class rank in the top half of their graduating class.

While specific courses are not required for admission, students applying to Mount Mercy are encouraged to complete the following high school coursework:

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of Mathematics
  • Three years of Social Studies
  • Three years of Science

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

Advanced Placement (AP) and CLEP Courses

Mount Mercy University offers credit for both Advance Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) courses. For AP courses, a score of 3 or higher on the AP exam is required to receive college credit.  Information about other AP, CLEP, and other credit earning alternatives can be found at in the Mount Mercy Catalog at or email the Registrar's Office at registrar@mtmercy.edu.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

Mount Mercy University recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and awards college credit for the successful completion of the IB Diploma. Students who have completed the diploma, as evidenced by an official IB transcript, will receive 30 semester hours of credit toward graduation. Course equivalency will be granted in consultation with the faculty of the appropriate academic department. Students who have not completed the diploma, but have scored a 4, 5, 6, or 7 on the higher level examination, will receive 3 – 6 semester hours per exam. Credit for individual exams will be granted on a course-by-course basis in consultation with the faculty of the appropriate academic department. Scores must be sent directly to Mount Mercy from International Baccalaureate. IB credits do not count against the 63 hour maximum transferable from a 2-year college.

Contact Us

If at any point in the application process you have questions or concerns, please contact your admissions counselor by email at admission@mtmercy.edu, by phone at 319-368-6460 or 800-248-4504.