Mount Mercy University

Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University and promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of Mercy and open to all faiths, its lovely campus is located in the heart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The campus is just 30 minutes from Iowa City, and four hours from Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha, and St. Louis. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to nearly 1,800 enrolled students, uniquely blending liberal arts learning with professional career development and a strong commitment to serving the common good. Undergraduates can choose from over 40 majors and minors and strong programs in biology, business, criminal justice, education, English, psychology and nursing. Graduate programs in business, education, marriage and family therapy, nursing, strategic leadership and criminal justice provide graduate degrees for professionals looking to advance their careers. Dedicated faculty members inspire students to lead and serve, made easier with small classes. Making college an affordable investment is paramount to Mount Mercys values. The university offers an array of scholarships and financial aid for all incoming first year and transfer students, including the Catherine McAuley free tuition scholarship to qualifying Iowa high school graduates whose family income is $45,000 or less annually. An emphasis on internships and research connects students to experiential learning opportunities with internationally known corporations such as Rockwell Collins and Transamerica as well as projects with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, The Nature Conservancy, and East Central Iowa Council of Governments. Students also uncover opportunities for study abroad with programs with Palacky University in the Czech Republic, Canterbury Christ Church University in England, University of Stirling in Scotland and more. Students benefit from a vibrant campus environment and active student life. Mount Mercy is a great place to be a student-athlete, succeeding in the classroom and on the field. Our intercollegiate teams, the Mount Mercy Mustangs, compete in the NAIA as members of the Heart of America Conference. The Mustangs own more than 40 conference championships and 43 NAIA National tournament appearances. If you enjoy competition in a less structured environment, try intramural sports like basketball, volleyball, golf, flag football, and softball, or choose from nearly 40 campus clubs and organizations.Mount Mercy students also give more than 12,000 hours per year to service projects all over the country. Within six months of graduation, more than 94 percent of Mount Mercy students are employed or in graduate school. For more information on Mount Mercy, visit

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Private, Coed 1928 Roman Catholic 4-1-4 $25.1 million + 1330 Elmhurst Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 (319) 363-8213
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55 100.0 Iowa Cedar Rapids 928 1038