Apply as a Freshman

  • 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)
  • A composite ACT score of 20 (1030 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.

* For students interested in nursing or pre-health majors, the following science and math courses are recommended:  Science courses should include Biology, Chemistry, Physics and any AP level science courses offered.  Math courses should include at least through Algebra II (nursing majors); at least through Pre-Calculus (pre-health).


Mount Mercy University offers credit for Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge AS and A level exams. For AP courses, a score of 3 or higher on the AP exam is required to receive college credit.  Information about other these credit earning alternatives can be found at in the Mount Mercy Catalog at or email the Registrar's Office at

Contact Us

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