MMU named top private college in Iowa by MONEY magazine

Mount Mercy University was ranked highest among Iowa private schools on MONEY magazine’s recently released Best Colleges list. Nationally, the Time-affiliated magazine ranked Mount Mercy 137 out of 2,000 four-year colleges.

The rankings were based on 24 factors in three equally weighted categories: educational quality, affordability and outcomes. Ranked 147 in 2015, the university moved up 10 spots in 2016. 

“This national ranking illustrates why so many students are choosing to attend Mount Mercy University,” said University President Laurie Hamen. “The combination of academic excellence with affordability and superb job outcomes is what students and parents are looking for as they search for a university. Mount Mercy adds an emphasis on compassionate service and practical experiential learning; our students undertake research, complete internships, publish work and serve throughout their community and around the world. These opportunities lead to experience, and experience is what lands our graduates such great jobs.”

Mount Mercy also stood out in MONEY’s rankings for overall quality. 

“In awarding high marks to Mount Mercy, MONEY magazine specifically pointed out that the university also excels at educating students from challenging backgrounds, boasting graduation rates almost 40 percent higher than the national average,” Hamen said. “When coupled with institution’s 97 percent job or graduate school placement for alumni within nine months of graduation, Mount Mercy University offers a clear and affordable path to future career and life success.”

To learn more about Mount Mercy University, visit or schedule to visit the campus during Iowa Private College Week, Aug. 1–5, at

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