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Student Profile

  • 789 full- and part-time undergraduates (Fall 2015)
  • Gender:  Women 88%; Men 12%
  • Diversity Groups:
    • White, non-Hispanic 84.8%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native 0.1%
    • Black or African American 6.1%
    • Hispanic/Latino 3.2%
    • Asian 3.0%
    • Two or more races 1.5%
    • Race Ethnicity Unknown 1.3%

ACT Scores

The median ACT score for entering students is 21.


Roman Catholic institution, sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver, Colorado

Financial Aid

In 2014-15, Mercy College awarded $11,042,238 through scholarships, loans, grants and work-study aid. Eighty-three percent (83%) of Mercy College students filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Mercy College FAFSA school code is 006273.


Mercy College offers both need-based and merit scholarships. In 2015-16 more than $397,000 in scholarships so far for the academic year.

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Mercy College Library is located on the entry level of the Sullivan Center on the main campus. Mercy Medical Center’s Leviit Library is also available for students, faculty, and staff. Both locations offer information services, books, journals, medical texts, reference materials, DVDs, VHS and other multimedia materials. Resources of the Mercy College Library include:

  • 9,988 books
  • 145,000 eBooks
  • Textbooks for most classes (in-library use)
  • 1,277 multimedia materials
  • 34 databases (full-text and bibliographic)
  • 21,216 online instructional films
  • 67 current journal subscriptions (print)
  • 18,845 full-text journals (online)

For materials not available locally, the library provides fast, convenient interlibrary loan service. The library also provides reference help and instruction to individuals, small groups, and classes.

Campus and Facilities

The Mercy College of Health Sciences campus is located in Des Moines, just off Interstate 235 in central Iowa. Our campus includes fully equipped classrooms and lecture halls, skills laboratories, student computer laboratories and student lounges, as well as faculty and administrative offices.

Clinical instruction is provided at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and in the metropolitan and surrounding areas.


Mercy Hospital opened its formal nursing school in 1899. Mercy College evolved from the Mercy School of Health Sciences – a certificate and diploma institution established in January 1994 as a consolidation of the Mercy Schools of Nursing, Radiology and Emergency Medical Services. Mercy College of Health Sciences was officially formed on July 14, 1995.

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