Mercy College of Health Sciences: Narrative Description

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928 Sixth Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239
Tel: (515)643-3180
Free: 800-637-2994
Fax: (515)643-6698
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Roman Catholic Church. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1995. Setting: 5-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 660. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 461 applied, 93% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 27% from top quarter, 46% from top half. Full-time: 411 students, 91% women, 9% men. Part-time: 249 students, 93% women, 7% men. 0% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 60% 25 or older. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences. Calendar: semesters.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: Common Application. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.2 high school GPA, ACT. Required for some: interview. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Tuition: $11,300 full-time, $375 per semester hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service.

Community Environment:

Des Moines is the setting for MCHS's four-acre campus, which is located just south of Interstate 235 and three blocks south of Mercy Medical Center.

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