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Morningside College Overview

Morningside College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Sioux City, Iowa. The city atmosphere of Sioux City makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Morningside College Known For?

337 Undergraduate Awards
$27,371 Avg Cost After Aid
55% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Morningside have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Morningside is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Morningside makes roughly $43,700 a year. This is 7% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Morningside College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Morningside.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Other Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Other Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Most Popular Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#125 Most Popular Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Morningside has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#37 Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#37 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#54 Highest Paid Biological & Biomedical Sciences Graduates College Factual
#64 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#74 Best Value Colleges for General Biology College Factual
#87 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual

Where Is Morningside College?

Location of Morningside College

Contact details for Morningside are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1501 Morningside Ave, Sioux City, IA 51106-1751
Phone: 712-274-5000

How Do I Get Into Morningside?

You can apply to Morningside online at:

Admission Requirements for Morningside

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Morningside?

55% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
Morningside has an acceptance rate of 55%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 56%, and the acceptance rate for women is 54%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to Morningside submitted their SAT scores.Morningside received ACT scores from 100% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Morningside College  ( 18 to 25 )
ACT Math Scores for Morningside College  ( 18 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for Morningside College  ( 20 to 25 )

Can I Afford Morningside College?

$27,371 Net Price
78% Take Out Loans
3.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Morningside is $27,371. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Morningside, approximately 78% of students took out student loans averaging $8,059 a year. That adds up to $32,236 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Morningside is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Morningside College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,183 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,277 undergraduate students at Morningside, with 1,183 being full-time and 94 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Morningside

There are also 1,322 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,183 full-time undergraduates at Morningside, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Morningside

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Morningside College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Morningside Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 14
Black or African American 27
Hispanic or Latino 86
White 860
International Students 63
Other Races/Ethnicities 133

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Morningside College. At this time, 21 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 22 countries are represented at Morningside. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Germany, Brazil, and Japan.

Online Learning at Morningside College

1,443 Took All Classes Online
1,443 Took At Least One Class Online
-0.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,443 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Morningside has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 16th most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Morningside

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Morningside College was -0.9%. This is the #174 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Morningside regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Morningside majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 14%
Nursing 14%
Other Education 13%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 4%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Morningside ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Morningside.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Education #9
Special Education #19
Teacher Education Subject Specific #19
Nursing #52
Education #83
Health Professions #117

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Morningside College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Other Education 0 0 163 163
Special Education 8 0 84 92
Business Administration & Management 68 0 0 68
Nursing 30 4 23 57
Teacher Education Subject Specific 24 0 22 46
General Biology 33 0 0 33
Teacher Education Grade Specific 24 0 0 24
Food Processing 17 0 0 17
Chemistry 15 0 0 15
Accounting 13 0 0 13
Other Social Sciences 13 0 0 13
Communication & Media Studies 8 0 0 8
History 8 0 0 8
Public Relations & Advertising 7 0 0 7
General English Literature 7 0 0 7
Political Science & Government 7 0 0 7
Mathematics 6 0 0 6
Fine & Studio Arts 6 0 0 6
Biopsychology 5 0 0 5
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 4 0 0 4
International Relations & National Security 4 0 0 4
Design & Applied Arts 4 0 0 4
Drama & Theater Arts 4 0 0 4
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 4 0 0 4
Computer Programming 3 0 0 3
General Psychology 3 0 0 3
Engineering Physics 2 0 0 2
Romance Languages 2 0 0 2
Philosophy 2 0 0 2
Music 2 0 0 2
Graphic Communications 1 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 1
Religious Studies 1 0 0 1
Child Development & Psychology 1 0 0 1
Business/Corporate Communications 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0 0
Physics 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 337 4 292 633


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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