Becoming a University

Almost 90 years ago, the Sisters of Mercy of Cedar Rapids saw the need to unite people with opportunity through education. Their vision—to blend faith and values with liberal arts learning and professional preparation—is the hallmark of a Mercy education and the foundation of Mount Mercy’s success.

The history of Mount Mercy’s academic excellence and compassionate service dates back to 1928 when the Sisters of Mercy established Mount Mercy Junior College, a two-year college
for women. The junior college flourished and transitioned to a four year college in 1960, granting bachelor’s degrees and eventually becoming co-ed in 1969. As time passed, Mount Mercy College added new programs that continued to reflect its original mission and values.

Building on its reputation for high-quality, student-focused undergraduate education—and carrying forth its mission to meet the needs of our time—Mount Mercy launched its first master’s degree programs in 2008. The addition of graduate programs and a new core curriculum, coupled with community-focused programming, positioned the institution for re-designation as Mount Mercy University in 2010.

Mount Mercy Brand Promise

We are the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages, and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community, and lead courageous lives.

Traditional residential and transfer students continue to find majors that ignite their passions—on a welcoming, safe, and vibrant campus that offers rich co-curricular activities and experiences. Working adults, striving to balance careers and families, find programs that fit their busy lives and schedules—in areas of study that drive their careers forward and provide opportunities for professional growth. Graduate students find high-quality, inspiring programs in competitive fields that have expanded to include business, education, nursing, criminal justice, strategic leadership, and marriage and family therapy.

Mount Mercy University has evolved into a vibrant, intellectual community of the 21st century—providing a range of educational experiences and opportunities tailored to meet the needs of our local and global communities.