University Admission

Mount Mercy University is a nationally recognized, private Catholic university founded in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. We seek qualified applicants who have prepared themselves academically for the rigors of a challenging liberal arts-based education and have demonstrated leadership in their school activities and community involvement. Mount Mercy does not consider race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, or handicap unrelated to ability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.


Students who withdraw from Mount Mercy and are interested in returning to the institution must apply for readmission. The readmission application is available in the Office of Admissions or online at If courses have been completed at other institutions, those official transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. All required documents that constitute a completed admission file for re-admission should be received by the Office of Admissions at least two weeks prior to the start of classes.

Special Students

Students who are interested in taking one or two courses at Mount Mercy are categorized as special students. If the student currently is pursuing a degree at another institution, it is recommended that permission be obtained from the home institution before enrolling at Mount Mercy. Special students must first complete the special student application available from the Office of Admissions or online at Any student who is registered for a Mount Mercy course under the cross registration policy with Coe College is not eligible for special student status. If a prerequisite course is needed for the course, an official transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions to show successful completion of that prerequisite. Any special student that wishes to continue at Mount Mercy after completing two courses must complete the regular transfer application process. All required documents that constitute a completed admission file for special students should be received by the Office of Admissions at least two weeks prior to the start of classes.

PSEO – Post Secondary Enrollment Opportunity for High School Students

Students currently enrolled as juniors or seniors in high school, and freshmen or sophomores in high school deemed talented and gifted by the state of Iowa, are eligible to participate in the PSEO program if they meet the requirements below.  Homeschool students must also satisfy these requirements.  To be eligible, students must:

  • Submit a national qualifying test score on the ACT with a 20 composite or higher and/or SAT score of 940 or higher (verbal and math) or PSAT score of 114 (verbal, math, and writing), and be ranked in the top 25% of their class (when ranked).  
  • Have exhausted the high school curriculum and meet necessary pre-requisites for the desired course.

Courses are not guaranteed and are open to full and part-time Mount Mercy students first.  Deadline to submit applications for PSEO for the fall semester is August 1, and for spring semester is December 1. 

Academic Degree Programs

Students may not simultaneously be admitted to, or concurrently enrolled in, multiple academic degree programs. Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, non-degree, and graduate student designations, and related sub-categories, are mutually-exclusive.