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Mount Mercy College Admission Requirements

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Chances of getting into Mount Mercy University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Mount Mercy University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into Mount Mercy College and can I get accepted? The school has a 63% acceptance rate ranking it #12 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 885 out of 1,409 applicants were admitted making Mount Mercy College a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 56 percent. Mount Mercy University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Mount Mercy College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Mount Mercy University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th N/A
SAT Math 25th N/A
SAT Composite 25th N/A
SAT Scores for Mount Mercy University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th N/A
SAT Math 75th N/A
SAT Composite 75th N/A
Average SAT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Mount Mercy College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Mount Mercy University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Mount Mercy University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Mount Mercy College?

Admission data indicates that Mount Mercy College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #17 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 98 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Mount Mercy University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Mount Mercy University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >74%
22 to 25 Avg + 63%-74%
19 to 22 Avg - 50%-63%
16 to 19 Reach 37%-50%
Less than 16 Low <37%
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Mount Mercy College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Mount Mercy University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Mount Mercy College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Mount Mercy University was 3.4 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #16 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Mount Mercy College accepts 63% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Mount Mercy University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 18% Good
3.50 to 3.75 24% Good
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 21% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 18% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

76% of Mount Mercy University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Mount Mercy University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 12%
Top 25% of class 41%
Top 50% of class 76%
Bottom 50% of class 24%
Bottom 25% of class 2%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Mount Mercy University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 967 442 1,409
Accepted 631 254 885
Acceptance Rate 65% 57% 63%
Enrolled 171 69 240
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 27% 27%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jun 1, 2021
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 219 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jun 1, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Mount Mercy University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Mount Mercy University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Mount Mercy University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=154013 IPEDS survey data for Mount Mercy University.


Does Mount Mercy University prefer SAT or ACT?

98% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Mount Mercy University?

63% of those who apply are granted admission to Mount Mercy College. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Mount Mercy University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 25. 98% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.