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Mount Mercy University
Mount Mercy University 1330 Elmhurst Dr NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 Phone: (319) 363-8213
  • General Information
    About Mount Mercy University

    Mount Mercy is a Catholic University providing student-focused baccalaureate and graduate education in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. As a Catholic university founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mount Mercy welcomes women and men of all beliefs to join our community in the pursuit of baccalaureate and graduate education and service to those in need. Mount Mercy promotes reflective judgment, strategic communication, the common good and purposeful living through a core curriculum, liberal arts and professional majors and student development programs. We strive for excellence in accomplishing our mission through our four interdependent goals: Using reflective judgment The abilities to think clearly and carefully, argue coherently and evaluate competing truth claims critically are fundamental to a college education.1 Reflective judgment requires a knowledge of basic fact, examination and evaluation of assumptions, adequate justification for drawing a conclusion and understanding implications of drawing that conclusion. With these skills, individuals can solve problems creatively and integrate knowledge across disciplines. Engaging in strategic communication Strategic communication requires selecting from a range of options in order to accomplish a chosen goal in an ethical manner.2 These options include construction and interpretation of messages in the written, oral and aesthetic forms using appropriate technology. Serving the common good The common good is at the heart of Catholic social teaching. Because persons are social by nature, every individual’s good relates necessarily to the common good, the sum of social conditions that allows all people to reach their human potential more fully.3 It includes respect for and ethical interaction with every person and the natural environment and, in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, service for the wellbeing of all humanity and action in the cause of justice in the world. Promoting purposeful living A liberal education enables persons to achieve a greater degree of freedom upon which to act purposefully. Since development of purpose entails planning for life based on a set of priorities,4 Mount Mercy University provides opportunities for spiritual growth, intellectual engagement, vocational clarity, social development, physical well-being, emotional maturity and responsible community leadership.

    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • Teacher certification
    • Study abroad
    • Weekend/evening college
    Student Services
    • General Education Courses
    • Career Services available upon completion
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experiences
    • Advanced placement (AP) credits
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
    Religious Affiliation
    • Roman Catholic
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Master's degree
    Campus Setting
    • City: Midsize
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 366
    Percent Admitted 78%
    Men Admitted 78%
    Women Admitted 77%
    Full Time Retention Rate 83%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 480 610
      Math 460 610
      Writing 460 560
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 20 24
      English 19 24
      Math 19 24
      Writing 0 0
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 1,861
    Native American 4.0
    Asian 27.0
    African American 42.0
    Hispanic 35.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 900
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 50

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