Mount Mercy University

Mount Mercy University
1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
Year Founded: 1928
President: Laurie Hamen, J.D.
Enrollment: 1,848, Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,517
Mount Mercy University


Mount Mercy University, located on 40 wooded acres in beautiful Cedar Rapids, Iowa, offers students a fulfilling education, promising people of all backgrounds solid preparation for a changing world. The University’s 1,800+ undergraduate and graduate students come from around the globe, creating a vibrant, diverse, and open-minded campus community.
Established on five critical concerns—earth, immigration, nonviolence, racism, and women—Mount Mercy’s curriculum guides students in exploring and working towards a more just, equal, and peaceful world. Hands-on work in the community often accompanies classroom learning, giving students the experience needed to start their careers with confidence in a variety of newly developed skills and knowledge.


Distinctive Facts & Features
  • Named Iowa’s Best College For Your Money 2017 based on educational quality, affordability, and alumni success by Time’s Money magazine
  • 100% of eligible new students receive financial aid
  • 96% of alumni are employed or in graduate school within nine months of graduation
  • Fall 2017 debut of the Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex, home to six of the university’s 18 intercollegiate athletic teams
  • Enactus student club brought home 4th place from Nationals, competing against more than 450 teams nationwide
  • Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of Mercy, rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition; all faiths welcome
Student Profile
  • Male: 32%
  • Female: 68%
  • In-State Students: 84.5%
  • Out-of-State Students: 11.3%
  • Number of Undergraduate Majors: 43 
Most Popular Majors
  • Nursing
  • Business
  • Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Pre-Professional Programs: 9
  • Tuition: $31,598
  • Room & Board: $9,534 
Financial Aid Data
  • Students with Demonstrated Financial Need: 72.1%
  • Average Financial Aid Package: $28,140.15 
  • Percent Need Met (Need-Based Aid): 78.7%
Class Size
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 53%
  • Fewer than 50 Students: 90%
  • Full-Time Faculty: 51.8%
  • Full-Time Faculty with PhD/Terminal Degree: 67.5%
Athletics and Intramural Activities
  • Athletic Division: A member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the Heart of America Athletic Conference
  • 18 varsity athletic teams: baseball, softball, basketball (men’s and women’s), bowling (men’s and women’s), golf (men’s and women’s), soccer (men’s and women’s), cross country (men’s and women’s), track and field (men’s and women’s), volleyball (men’s and women’s), competitive cheer (coed), competitive dance (coed) 
  • Students Participating in Sports Activities and Intramurals: 29.2% of the traditional student population 
Co-curricular Activities
  • Student Clubs and Organizations: 32
  • Award-winning volunteerism and service-learning programs

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