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About Mount Mercy University

Mount Mercy University is a private, religious school in an suburban setting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mount Mercy University was founded in 1928 and now enrolls around 1,705 students a year, including 1,381 undergrads.

Mount Mercy University offers housing for up to 604 students. Most students live off campus,.

Mount Mercy University's endowment was valued at $27.616 million in 2021. The institution spends around $6,046 for each full-time student enrolled. There are 14 Mount Mercy University undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Mount Mercy University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 76%
Average GPA 3.4
Mean ACT score 22
Tuition $35,540

Mount Mercy University Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Mount Mercy University Early Admission

Mount Mercy University does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Mount Mercy University

It is moderately difficult to get into Mount Mercy University. Mount Mercy University admitted 76% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, 884 out of 1,160 total applicants were accepted.

Mount Mercy University Waitlist 2021

Mount Mercy University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Mount Mercy University?

Mount Mercy University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Mount Mercy University, applicants must submit the following items.

Mount Mercy University Application Requirements

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Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0.5
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

Mount Mercy University Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.4 /4.0. The mean ACT score for Mount Mercy University students is 22.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Mount Mercy University.

Is Mount Mercy University Test Optional?

Mount Mercy University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 0% submitted the SAT. 99% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Mount Mercy University

Yes! Mount Mercy University provides on-campus housing for up to 604 students.

Mount Mercy University students are active in the school's Student Ambassadors, Mount Mercy University Association of Nursing Students and Cheerleaders. Vegas Night, Christmas Club Friday, and and Spring Fling Week are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Mount Mercy University.

Financial Aid at Mount Mercy University

Mount Mercy University meets 73% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $26,952 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Mount Mercy University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Mount Mercy University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Mount Mercy University, around 80% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 134 students who started at Mount Mercy University as first-time freshman, 66 graduate within four years.

Mount Mercy University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 57%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 90% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $25,739 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Mount Mercy University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Mount Mercy University a good school for you?

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Where is Mount Mercy University Located?

Mount Mercy University is located in the suburban setting of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, less than an hour from Iowa City.

If you want to see Mount Mercy University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 380 to Cedar Rapids, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Eastern Iowa.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Mount Mercy University and Cedar Rapids are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1330 Elmhurst Drive, NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797

Campus Setting: Suburban

Mount Mercy University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Mount Mercy University is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Mount Mercy University is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Mount Mercy University ACT Scores


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Mount Mercy University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into Mount Mercy University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

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Wondering what life at Mount Mercy University is like? There are approximately 1,705 students enrolled at Mount Mercy University, including 1,381 undergraduate students and 324 graduate students. 76% percent of students attend school full-time, 87% percent are from IA and 13% percent of students are from other states.


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