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Mount Mercy University Overview

Mount Mercy University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The city atmosphere of Cedar Rapids makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Mount Mercy University Known For?

493 Undergraduate Awards
$31,989 Avg Cost After Aid
57% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Mount Mercy 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%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Mount Mercy.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Mount Mercy with a bachelor's degree make about $45,300 a year. That's 11% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Mount Mercy University 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 Mount Mercy.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#16 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Human Resource Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#9 Highest Paid General Business/Commerce Graduates College Factual
#10 Best General Business/Commerce Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#12 Best Human Resource Management Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#15 Best Value Colleges for Human Resource Management College Factual
#18 Best General Business/Commerce Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#133 Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual

Where Is Mount Mercy University?

Location of Mount Mercy University

Contact details for Mount Mercy are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1330 Elmhurst Dr Ne, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797
Phone: 319-363-8213

How Do I Get Into Mount Mercy?

You can apply to Mount Mercy online at:

Admission Requirements for Mount Mercy

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Mount Mercy?

57% Acceptance Rate
71% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Mount Mercy is 57%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 29% of accepted students are men and 71% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 49%, and the acceptance rate for women is 62%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to Mount Mercy submitted their SAT scores.Mount Mercy received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Mount Mercy University  ( 17 to 24 )
ACT Math Scores for Mount Mercy University  ( 17 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for Mount Mercy University  ( 19 to 24 )

Can I Afford Mount Mercy University?

$31,989 Net Price
80% Take Out Loans
3.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Mount Mercy is $31,989. 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 Mount Mercy, approximately 80% of students took out student loans averaging $11,176 a year. That adds up to $44,704 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mount Mercy is 3.5%. 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.

Mount Mercy University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,074 Full-Time Undergraduates
67% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,501 undergraduate students at Mount Mercy, with 1,074 being full-time and 427 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Mount Mercy

There are also 334 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,074 full-time undergraduates at Mount Mercy, 33% are male and 67% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Mount Mercy

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Mount Mercy University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Mount Mercy Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 27
Black or African American 97
Hispanic or Latino 10
White 811
International Students 52
Other Races/Ethnicities 77

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Mount Mercy University. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 42 countries are represented at Mount Mercy. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Germany, Serbia, and United Kingdom.

Online Learning at Mount Mercy University

233 Took All Classes Online
495 Took At Least One Class Online
104.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at Mount Mercy. In 2017-2018, 495 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 15th 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 Mount Mercy

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Mount Mercy University was 104.4%. This is the #334 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Mount Mercy regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 14%
Business, Management & Marketing 3%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 20%
Health Professions 3%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 20%
Human Resource Management 12%
Nursing 2%
Other Business, Management & Marketing 50%

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

Major Growth Rate Rank
Human Resource Management #7
General Business/Commerce #19
Criminal Justice & Corrections #35
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #36
Business Administration & Management #73
Business, Management & Marketing #96

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%.

Mount Mercy University Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Nursing 117 9 126
Business Administration & Management 39 48 87
Human Resource Management 41 16 57
General Business/Commerce 40 0 40
Teacher Education Grade Specific 39 0 39
Criminal Justice & Corrections 13 17 30
Finance & Financial Management 25 0 25
Mental & Social Health Services 5 18 23
Social Work 20 0 20
General Psychology 19 0 19
Educational Administration 0 18 18
General Biology 16 0 16
Marketing 15 0 15
Teacher Education Subject Specific 9 0 9
Design & Applied Arts 9 0 9
Other Business, Management & Marketing 8 0 8
Computer Science 8 0 8
Health & Medical Administrative Services 8 0 8
Hospitality Management 7 0 7
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 7 0 7
Management Information Systems 7 0 7
Accounting 6 0 6
General English Literature 6 0 6
Public Health 0 5 5
Mathematics 5 0 5
Other Education 0 4 4
Natural Resources Conservation 4 0 4
International Business 3 0 3
Political Science & Government 3 0 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 2 0 2
Communication & Media Studies 2 0 2
Chemistry 2 0 2
Journalism 1 0 1
Public Relations & Advertising 1 0 1
Special Education 0 1 1
Health Sciences & Services 1 0 1
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 1 1
History 1 0 1
Philosophy 1 0 1
International Relations & National Security 1 0 1
Sociology 1 0 1
Fine & Studio Arts 1 0 1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0
Music 0 0 0
TOTAL 493 137 630


*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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