Apply as an International Student

Mount Mercy is a diverse community, welcoming international students from more than 25 countries.  Small class sizes, personal attention from professors and staff, and our beautiful, safe campus make this an ideal location for international students to achieve success and feel at home.

Admission Guidelines
How to Apply
Scholarships and Grants
For Admitted Students
Guaranteed Admission Agreements
International Baccalaureate and A Levels
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Admission Guidelines

All required documents listed below must be on file by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: January 2

Strong consideration is given to applicants with the following:

  • Incoming freshman - cumulative grade point average of 2.75
  • Transfer student - cumulative grade point average of 2.50
  • One test score from any of the following:*
    TOEFL:  550 PBT, 213 CBT, 79 IBT
    IELTS:  6
    STEP:  Eiken (Grade 1)
    PTE-Academic: Minimum score of 53 (no subscore below 51 for reading, listening, and speaking)
    Duolingo: 50 or higher
    ACT:  Composite of 20 with subscores of 17 or higher
    SAT: 1020 or higher (New SAT's beginning March 1, 2016)

    * Test scores are waived for students completing Level 112 of ELS's English for Academic Purposes program or WESLI 700 level courses.

Students who do not meet the minimum grade point or test scores may still apply. The Admission Committee will review any files of those students who do not meet the minimum standards or who warrant concern. Any admission conditions and/or course recommendations will be determined on an individual basis by the Committee. If the student is an athlete, they must meet the guidelines to be eligible to play (per NAIA Article V, sections C and C.2).


How to Apply

A complete application file includes the following:

  • A completed paper or online application and personal statement
  • Official high school transcripts translated into English by a court-certified English Language Translator 
  • Official college and/or foreign university transcripts (for transfer students) translated into English and evaluated by a foreign credit evaluation agency
  • Official scores from a Test of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, STEP Eiken, ACT or SAT)
  • Certification of funding sources (certificate of finance or letter with an affidavit from the bank)
  • A scanned copy of your passport to ensure we have the correct spelling of your name for SEVIS processing.  Please scan and email to



For Admitted Students

  1. Once you are accepted, Mount Mercy will mail you an official admission letter and your I-20 form. With those two documents, your financial statement, and your passport, you can obtain an F-1 student visa from your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  The Office of International Student Recruitment and Integration will guide you through this process, and also provide helpful information on travel, packing, and preparing for your study in the United States.
  2. ‰ Submit your $200 enrollment deposit via Flywire - choose "Mount Mercy University".  (Information on Flywire).  The deposit is $200 and saves your spot in the incoming class, allowing you to register for classes and reserve a space in the residence halls.
  3.  Living on campus?  Be sure to fill out the residence life housing application.



Scholarships and Grants

Click here for a printable version of our scholarship opportunities and costs.

International Academic Scholarships  |  $11,500-$15,500

  • $15,500 - Minimum GPA of 3.7
  • $14,500 - Minimum GPA of 3.3
  • $13,500 - Minimum GPA of 2.8
  • $12,500 - Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • $11,500 - Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Must be enrolled full-time to receive the full award
  • Renewable annually for up to 4 years

International Residency Grant |  $3,500

  • Must reside each year on campus
  • Renewable annually for up to 4 years

International TransferScholarship |  $1,000

  • Available to international students transferring from a community college that has a guaranteed admission agreement with Mount Mercy.
  • Renewable annually for up to 4 years

Other Scholarships | amounts vary

Other scholarships opportunities include athletics, special talent, legacy, and honor/departmental awards.



Guaranteed Admission Agreement

Mount Mercy University has guaranteed admission agreement with Hawkeye Community College,  Indian Hills Community College, Kirkwood Community CollegeMarshalltown Community College, and Southeastern Community College. 


International Baccalaureate and A Levels

Mount Mercy University offers credit for International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge AS and A level exams, Advanced Placement (AP), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP).  Information about other these credit earning alternatives can be found at in the Mount Mercy Catalog at or email the Registrar's Office at

*Checklist for admitted students

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.