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Mercy College of Health Sciences is a private not-for-profit institution located in Des Moines, Iowa. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

173 Undergraduate Degrees
96% Acceptance Rate

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Mercy College of Health Sciences Rankings

Mercy College of Health Sciences is ranked #159 out of 1,284 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #2 out of 24 schools in Iowa.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Mercy College of Health Sciences has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#108 Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#134 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Mercy College of Health Sciences.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#122 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#134 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Mercy College of Health Sciences?

Location of Mercy College of Health Sciences

Contact details for Mercy College of Health Sciences are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 928 Sixth Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-1239
Phone: 515-643-3180
Website: https://www.mchs.edu

How Do I Get Into Mercy College of Health Sciences?

You can apply to Mercy College of Health Sciences online at: apps.mchs.edu/

Admission Requirements for Mercy College of Health Sciences

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Mercy College of Health Sciences?

96% Acceptance Rate
91% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
Mercy College of Health Sciences has the high acceptance rate of 96%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 9% of accepted students are men and 91% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 92%, and the acceptance rate for women is 96%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to Mercy College of Health Sciences submitted their SAT scores.Mercy College of Health Sciences received ACT scores from 46% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 22. Math scores were between 16 and 22. Composite scores were between 18 and 22.

ACT English Scores for Mercy College of Health Sciences  ( 15 to 22 )
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ACT Math Scores for Mercy College of Health Sciences  ( 16 to 22 )
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ACT Composite Scores for Mercy College of Health Sciences  ( 18 to 22 )
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36

Can I Afford Mercy College of Health Sciences?

71% Take Out Loans
6.3% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Mercy College of Health Sciences, approximately 71% of students took out student loans averaging $8,811 a year. That adds up to $35,244 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mercy College of Health Sciences is 6.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Mercy College of Health Sciences Undergraduate Student Diversity

454 Full-Time Undergraduates
81% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 795 undergraduate students at Mercy College of Health Sciences, with 454 being full-time and 341 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Mercy College of Health Sciences

Gender Diversity

Of the 454 full-time undergraduates at Mercy College of Health Sciences, 19% are male and 81% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Mercy College of Health Sciences

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Mercy College of Health Sciences students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Mercy College of Health Sciences Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 22
Black or African American 32
Hispanic or Latino 32
White 336
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 32

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Mercy College of Health Sciences. At this time, 2 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Online Learning at Mercy College of Health Sciences

62 Took All Classes Online
406 Took At Least One Class Online
-24.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 406 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Mercy College of Health Sciences has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Mercy College of Health Sciences

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Mercy College of Health Sciences was -24.5%. This is the #1,866 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Mercy College of Health Sciences regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Mercy College of Health Sciences ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Mercy College of Health Sciences.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Registered Nursing #450

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Mercy College of Health Sciences Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 25 148 173
TOTAL 25 148 173

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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