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Mount Mercy University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
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Mount Mercy University, USA, is a catholic liberal arts university in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The University received 1176 applications in fall 2019 out of which 66% were accepted and 28% enrolled. Currently, it has 1835 students out of which 1502 are undergraduate students and remaining are graduates. Out of those, 71% are full time students whereas the rest 29% are part time students.

The University offers 45 majors and minors, 10 evening/ online programs and 8graduate programs. Some of the most popular programs offered by the university are in the field of business, human resources and teaching.

Some points to be kept in mind while applying for admission to Mount Mercy University are as follows:

  • The documents required for admission in the fall semester are due by August 1 and for spring semester is due by January 2.
  • Students with an average GPA of 3.16 - 3.74 were enrolled in the previous years.
  • The University has a test optional policy for submission of SAT/ ACT scores.
  • The University does not charge any application fee from students. However, an enrollment deposit of 200 USD must be paid after admission is confirmed.
  • 100% of the new students receive financial aid in some form.
  • In fall 2019, each freshmen student received an average financial aid package of 18000 USD in the form of scholarships or grants.

COVID-19 Admission Updates

  • For the current situation, the university will be flexible for accepting transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for fall enrollment but final transcripts must be presented before commencement of classes.


Application portalOnline Application Portal
Application feeNo application fees required
Application deadlineRolling
Acceptance rate66%
Retention rate67%
Graduation rate64%
Enrollment deposit200 USD
Average ACT (composite) score18-24
Financial aidScholarships and grants are there for students
Intake sessionsFall/ Spring
Academic calendarSemester based
Test Scores AcceptedIELTS/ TOEFL/ STEP/ ACT/ SAT
Financial aidScholarships, grants, work study
Work ExperienceRequired for graduate programs

Mount Mercy University Admission Deadlines

Mount Mercy University has a rolling admission policy for domestic students. International students must adhere to specific deadlines for submission of documents. These deadlines are given in the table below:

FallAugust 1
SpringJanuary 2

Mount Mercy University International Student Admissions

Mount Mercy University has international students from 30 countries. Requirements for international students might slightly vary from that of domestic students. In case of an international student, you need to submit an application and statement along with the other required documents as proof of identity.

Application Portal: Online Application

Application fee: No fees required.

Basic Admission Requirements: Submission of the following documents with the application is necessary for admission:

  • Official high school transcripts translated into English by a court-certified English language translator
  • English language proficiency test scores
  • Certification of funding sources
  • Scanned copy of your passport
  • SAT/ ACT scores
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on 4.0 for undergraduate programs
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 for graduate programs

All the supporting documents are supposed to be submitted via email to

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

Mount Mercy University accepts a number of English proficiency test scores. The average test scores required to get a seat in the university is given below:

TestScores Required
TOEFL550 PBT, 213 CBT, 79 IBT
STEPEiken (grade 1)
PTE53 minimum
Duo Lingo50 or higher

Visa Process for International Students

To attend Mount Mercy University as an undergraduate or a graduate student you need an F-1 student visa.

The documents that are required for you to submit while applying for the visa are mentioned below:

  • A valid passport whose validity date must at least be beyond 6 months beyond your period of stay.
  • A printed copy of your online application form.
  • A copy of your interview appointment letter.
  • Form I-20 sent by the college you got into.
  • Visa fees payment confirmation receipt.
  • Bank statement for at least three years showing that you have enough assets to pay for the first year.
  • Payment slips.
  • A copy of the original mark sheet.

Mount MercyUniversity Undergraduate Admissions

Mount Mercy University accepts undergraduate students for more than 45 programs. The University charges no application fee. Admission requirements for all undergraduate programs are similar.

Where to Apply: Online Application

Application fee: Not required

Admission Requirements: The documents to be submitted with admission application are as follows:

  • Official standardized test scores.
  • Official high School transcripts.
  • Transcript of any college course work.
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Completed high school coursework as follows:
    • English – 4 years
    • Social studies – 3 years
    • Mathematics – 3 years
    • Science – 3years
  • Meet the following academic standards:
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a scale of 4.0
    • Composite ACT score of 20 sub score of 17 or SAT score 1030
    • Class 10 should be in the top half of graduating class

Mount Mercy University Graduate Admissions

Mount Mercy University accepts graduate students for 6 master’s degree programs. Except for the MS in nursing program, all others have rolling admissions policies. Requirements for programs vary from each other.

Where to Apply: Online Application

Application fee: No fee required.

Supporting documents: Official transcripts from all the schools that you have previously attended must be mailed to:

Graduate programs

Mount Mercy University
1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 4797

Here are some academic requirements for some of the popular graduate programs offered by the University:

RequirementsMaster of Arts in Criminal JusticeMasters of Business AdministrationMaster of Science in nursingMaster of strategic leadershipMaster of Arts in Education
Work ExperienceRequiredRequiredRequiredNot requiredRequired
ResumeRequiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredRequired
InterviewNot requiredRequiredNot requiredRequiredRequired
Writing SamplesNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredRequiredNot required
Additional RequirementsNot requiredNot requiredBachelor of Science in Nursing; Current and valid Iowa RN licenseNot requiredBachelor’s degree in Education; Valid Teaching license

Graduate program applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Students are not required to submit test scores such as GMAT/ GRE for admissions. The University takes into account each and every aspect of the application before taking a decision. For graduate programs, work experience is very important. Selected students will be mailed official admission letters and I-20 form which will help in initiating the visa process. Students will have to submit a 200 USD enrollment deposit through Flywire. Students must be present on the orientation day to register for classes.


Ques. What are my chances of getting admission to Mount Mercy University?

Ans. Mount Mercy University is moderately selective in offering admission to students. It has an acceptance rate of 66% which means 66 in every 100 applications are accepted.

Ques. Does Mount Mercy University prefer SAT/ ACT scores?

Ans. For admission in fall 2019, 100% students submitted ACT scores. If you have taken both tests, it is better to submit ACT scores for admission.

Ques. Can I apply even if I do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria for admission to Mount Mercy University?

Ans. Yes, applicants who do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria will still be considered for admission on a case by case basis. For such applicants, the admission committee may suggest additional conditions or course recommendations for admission.

Ques. Will I have to submit transcripts with translation for admission to Mount Mercy University?

Ans. Only transcripts that are in a language other than English must be accompanied with translations carried out by a foreign credential evaluation agency.

Ques. How important is work experience for admission to graduate programs at Mount Mercy University?

Ans. Admission for graduate programs at Mount Mercy University does not have several requirements. But out of the few requirements work experience in the relevant field is important to judge the eligibility and competitiveness of your application.

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