Why Mount Mercy?

Mount Mercy is all about you. It’s about providing a college experience that enriches your life intellectually, professionally and personally. No other college or university in Eastern Iowa offers Mount Mercy’s unique combination of small classes with accomplished professors, a tight-knit and fun-loving campus, and a college culture committed to meaningful service and community engagement.

Quick Facts About Us

  • Total enrollment of over 1,800
  • 15:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 98% of MMU graduates find a job or start professional or graduate school within nine months of graduation
  • 76% of all students do internships or other career-related experiences by the time they graduate
  • Over 45 undergraduate majors and minors offered
  • 14,500 connected alumni living in all 50 states and 24 countries
  • 100% of eligible incoming freshmen and transfer receive Mount Mercy scholarships or grants
  • Mount Mercy was named a 2019-20 College of Distinction based on engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. 
  • Private Catholic University in the Spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1928
  • A history of successful alumni in the workplace and in the world
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An Education That Works

Nursing students in the labMount Mercy is proof that a liberal arts education can be both career-minded and open-minded. We’re famous for our professional degree programs in nursing, education and business. But the reason we produce such successful caregivers, teachers and entrepreneurs — as well as doctors, writers, therapists, software designers and law enforcement agents — is because Mount Mercy graduates are products of a well-rounded liberal arts education.

Our core curriculum offers an interdisciplinary exploration of the world’s most influential ideas, from science to history to technology and literature. Choose from exciting, career-launching majors like criminal justice, social work, computer information systems, marketing, early childhood education and outdoor conservation. Many students in our professional degree programs enrich their studies with a double major or minor in psychology, biology, medical laboratory science, communications studies or computer science.

Whatever major you choose, you will be taught by a remarkable group of professors, distinguished both for their professional accomplishments and their genuine commitment to student success. We attract experienced scholars and working professionals who truly love to teach. They will open your eyes to new ideas, hone your ability to think deeply and critically, and work closely with you to reach your full academic potential.

Student Life That Thrives

From the moment you sign the tunnel wallsSigning the Tunnel Walls on Founders Day, you’re officially a Mustang. The Mount Mercy campus, located in a safe residential neighborhood of Cedar Rapids, provides a vibrant and supportive environment to explore new interests and make lifelong friends. 

You’re invited to join one or more of Mount Mercy’s 30+ student-run clubs and organizations, like our nationally ranked Enactus Team, the Student Government Association and the Mount Mercy Times, our student newspaper.

Then there are the much-anticipated annual events like the Thanksgiving Dress Dinner, in which residence halls eat a family-style feast served by the faculty, the Winter Formal, Vegas Night, and “Last Person Standing,” a 24-hour endurance competition to win a year of free campus housing. Since we’re all hooked on American Idol, we even started our own Mount Mercy Idol, which draws big crowds for the finals during Spring Fling.

The Mercy Difference

But what really separates Mount Mercy from other colleges in Eastern Iowa is our heartfelt commitment to service inspired by our founders, the Sisters of Mercy. Meaningful service work is woven into the very fabric of college life at Mount Mercy. It’s incorporated into academic classes, practiced by every student club and expected to be a top priority of every student, faculty and staff member.

The Sisters of Mercy identified six “Critical Concerns” of their mission: earth, immigration, non-violence, poverty, racism, and women which form the basis for our core curriculum. Our students come from diverse faiths and backgrounds, but we all work together at Mount Mercy to promote the Sister’s vision of a world that is more just, more equal and more at peace.

Find out more about the value of Mount Mercy University to students, parents and the community.

Contact Us

If you’re ready to visit Mount Mercy or have any questions about our programs and application process, don’t hesitate to send us an email or call one of our admissions counselors directly at 319-368-6460 or 800-248-4504.