MMU celebrates record enrollment for second consecutive year

Mount Mercy University began its 2016-17 academic year with the largest enrollment in the university’s nearly 90 year history—an estimated total of 1886 students. The fall 2016 student body is on track to set records in number of traditional freshmen, residential students, student-athletes, new online students and international students.

“We are enthused by the continued growth in the size of our student community, as proven by our second consecutive record-breaking year,” said President Laurie Hamen. “Our commitment to providing the highest quality education, along with a culture of compassion, is what sets us apart.”

Hamen also attributes record numbers to investment in innovative academic and music programs, a new online learning platform, continued expansion of recruitment efforts throughout the United States and overseas, the addition of multiple intercollegiate sports, and a rising reputation as evidenced by accolades such as MONEY magazine’s most recent acknowledgement of Mount Mercy as the top private college in Iowa.

"Our record enrollment proves that students and families are interested in an excellent education, delivered in a convenient and affordable way, focused on student outcomes that match the needs of our region," Hamen said. "Both traditional and non-traditional students will find an incredible academic home at Mount Mercy.”

To ensure all young Iowans have the opportunity to receive a quality Mount Mercy education, the university offers the Catherine McAuley Scholarship, a free-tuition scholarship for Iowa students with a family income of $45,000 or less annually. The four-year-renewable scholarship has been awarded to over 100 students since its inception in 2014.

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