Mount Mercy College: Narrative Description

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1330 Elmhurst Dr., NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797
Tel: (319)363-8213
Free: 800-248-4504
Admissions: (319)368-6460
Fax: (319)368-6492
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1928. Setting: 40-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $12.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4015 per student. Total enrollment: 1,486. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 542 applied, 86% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 24% from top quarter, 38% from top half. Full-time: 989 students, 72% women, 28% men. Part-time: 497 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 23 states and territories, 13% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 8% 25 or older, 28% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Coe College.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/30. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $24,520 includes full-time tuition ($18,030), mandatory fees ($810), and college room and board ($5680). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $500 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 32 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Students in Free Enterprise, Tomorrow's Nurses Today, Student-Iowa State Education Association. Major annual events: Spring Fling, Hill Fest, homecoming. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 500 college housing spaces available; 391 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Busse Center with 118,000 books, 34,000 microform titles, 1,000 serials, 5,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $526,628. 115 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Kirkwood Community College.

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