Fast Facts

Location  |  Institution Type  |  Degrees Offered  |  Accreditation  |  Faculty  |  Affiliation  |  Alumni  |  Founding  |  Naming  |   Academic Calendar  |  Costs  |  Academic Distinctions  |  Student Life  |  Visit Campus  |  Cedar Rapids / Iowa City  |  Contact Us


  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa  |  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE, 52402
  • Main campus is on 40 wooded acres in the heart of historic Cedar Rapids, in addition to 6 acres at the CRST International Graduate Center, and 20 acres at the athletic complex.
  • By car: 30 minutes from Iowa City and 4 hours from the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha and St. Louis

Institution Type

  • Private
  • Baccalaureate and Graduate education
  • Co-educational
  • Residential
  • Sponsored by the Conference for Mercy Higher Education

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • More than 40 majors in 8 academic departments 
  • Accelerated program for working adults seeking a Bachelor's degree.
  • Graduate Programs: Master of Arts in Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Strategic Leadership, Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice


(30 North LaSalle St, Suite 2400, Chicago IL 60602 - 2504; Phone: 800-621-7440)

  • The Council on Social Work Education

(1725 Duke St, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314 - 3457)

  • The Iowa Board of Nursing

(Riverpoint Business Park 400 SW 8th St, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309 - 4685)

  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

(Cone Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036)

  • Iowa Department of Education

(Grimes State Office Bldg, Des Moines IA, 50319 - 0146)


  • 1762 (Fall 2014)
  • 71% female, 29% male
  • 10% racially underrepresented students
  • 124 students from out of state
  • Student/Faculty Ratio 13:1


  • 84 full-time faculty; 68 part-time
  • 63.1% of faculty hold the terminal degree in their fields



  • More than 12,500 living Mount Mercy alumni reside in each of the 50 United States, and more than 20 countries throughout the world such as Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Eritrea, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Micronesia, New Zealand, Serbia, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Venezuela. Mount Mercy alumni serve as resources for current students and are easily accessible, since 75 percent of our graduates reside in Iowa and 45 percent live in Linn County.



  • First Mount Mercy Academy in 1924 (and unofficially referred to as “Mount Mercy of the Pines”)
  • In 1928, Mount Mercy Junior College
  • In 1960, accreditation as Mount Mercy College
  • In August 2010, re-designation as Mount Mercy University

Academic Calendar

  • View Academic Calendar
  • 4-1-4: A 4-month fall semester, a 1-month interim in January, and a 4-month spring semeste

Costs (2013-2014)

Academic Distinctions

Student Life

  • A nationally ranked Enactus team, finishing as Regional Champions the last 13 of the last 14 years, with numerous National Championship appearances
  • 15 varsity athletic teams and numerous intramural opportunities
  • More than 40 clubs and organizations
  • Nine academic and residential buildings, with a Campus Master Plan projecting growth via a University Center, Plaza & Walk, and renovated or new facilities for theatre, fine arts and sports and wellness.

Visit Campus

Cedar Rapids

  • Cedar Rapids ranks 2nd in the nation for overall quality of lifeby Outlook magazine including #1 safest place to live and #2 favorable drive times
  • Cedar Rapids and Iowa City recognized as “Best Places for Businesses and Careers” by Forbes magazine. Cedar Rapids ranked number 13 out of the nation’s two hundred largest metropolitan statistical areas
  • Cedar Rapids ranked number 23 for projected job growth by Forbes magazine 
  • Cedar Rapids receives the highest rating possible for quality of life from Expansion Management
  • Cedar Rapids in the top 12 cities in the U.S. for places to locate a company according to Expansion magazine


  • Address — 1330 Elmhurst Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
  • Telephone — 319-363-8213 or 800-248-4504 (Admissions & Financial Aid)
  • E-mail —
  • Directory