Take Virtual Tours, Learn More About Iowa’s Private Colleges

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Iowa’s diverse group of private, not-for-profit colleges and universities offer students an educational option after high school that can present smaller classes and a greater likelihood of finishing a degree in four years. Iowa Private College Week celebrates these schools and showcases the unique qualities of each of the 25 campuses throughout the state, while encouraging virtual or on-site campus tours to learn more about what each campus uniquely offers students.

We’re honoring Iowa Private College Week by highlighting the participating schools and featuring a sneak preview of each school’s profile from Iowa College Aid’s upcoming 2016-17 “Your Course to College” publication (previous posts from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). “Your Course to College” gives students and families a gameplan for preparing for education after high school, including identifying possible areas of study, determining what to look for in a school, important steps for financial aid and more. Profiles of each Iowa college and university give families a snapshot of each school. Here are five more of the private colleges participating in Iowa Private College Week.

Mercy College of Health Science, Des Moines, IA


Enrollment: 800; Tuition & Fees: Full time $8,460 per semester, Part time $586/credit
(Fees vary by program, please see mchs.edu/tuition for complete details); Est. Off-Campus Room & Board: $5,430; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,528; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: July 1; Types of Programs: Nursing (AS & BS), Physical Therapist Assistant (AS), Radiologic Technology (AS), Surgical Technology (Cert/AS), Cardiac and Abdominal Sonography (AS), Medical Laboratory Science (Cert), Health Care Administration (BS), Health Science (BS), Medical Assisting (Cert/AS), and Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic (Cert/AS)

Mercy College of Health Sciences is on the forefront of health science education; it’s our focus and what we do. Our students major in subjects that lead to high demand careers in healthcare. While you’re here studying, you’ll be challenged to get involved and make a difference on campus and throughout the community. Health science majors make a difference in lives every day – while in school and once they translate their major into a career of service.

In fact, as healthcare undergoes dramatic change, the demand for the skills you acquire at Mercy College will only grow.

As a Catholic educational institution, we want to help you discover the gifts God has given you and help you prepare for a career of service to others. There are endless possibilities in healthcare to use your gifts and we’ll not only prepare you for licensure or certification in your eventual career field, but help to transform your gifts to bring relief and healing to some and comfort and spiritual support to others. Mercy College can help you to get started.

Morningside College, Sioux City, IA


Enrollment: 2,824; Tuition & Fees: $29,094; On-Campus Room & Board: $9,190; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,253; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: December 1; Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, General, Teacher Preparation & Professional

The Morningside College experience cultivates a passion for lifelong learning and a dedication to ethical leadership and civic responsibility. Morningside College offers a total experience. Students develop various dimensions of themselves through the liberal arts core curriculum, a complete range of majors, internships, independent study and career and graduate school advising services.

Within six months of graduation, more than 98 percent of graduates are employed or admitted to graduate school.

Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA


Enrollment: 1,877; Tuition & Fees: $29,696; On-Campus Room & Board: $8,900; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,200; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: March 1; Types of Programs: Liberal Arts and Professional Programs

Be valued.

Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to nearly 1,900 enrolled students, uniquely blending liberal arts learning with professional career development and a strong commitment to serving the common good. Undergraduates can choose from over 45 majors and minors and strong programs in biology, business, criminal justice, education, English, psychology and nursing. Dedicated faculty members inspire students to lead and serve. The University offers an array of scholarships and financial aid for all incoming first-year and transfer students, including the Catherine McAuley free tuition scholarship to qualifying Iowa high school graduates whose family income is $45,000 or less annually.

Northwestern College, Orange City, IA


Enrollment: 1,210; Tuition & Fees: $29,300; On-Campus Room & Board: $8,900; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,300; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: April 1; Types of Programs: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General, Teacher Preparation, and Pre- Professional, Master’s degree in education

Northwestern College is a Christian academic community that both challenges and supports students as it develops their minds and empowers their faith. Opportunities for meaningful involvement and service enlarge students’ worldviews and prepare them for fulfilling careers and faithful lives as thinking Christians.

The academic program includes more than 80 programs and numerous opportunities for off-campus study. Northwestern students are taught by award-winning faculty with doctorates from such institutions as Notre Dame, Duke, UCLA and Yale. Many construction projects have taken place in the past decade on Northwestern’s campus, including the student center, facilities for the arts and athletics, student housing and a $14 million learning commons.

Simpson College, Indianola, IA


Enrollment: 1,629 undergraduate; Tuition & Fees: $35,876; On-Campus Room & Board: $7,963; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,253; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: February 1; Types of Programs: Liberal Arts and General, Teacher Preparation

Simpson College is more than a beautiful campus. The College has an outstanding faculty and renowned curricula, including more than 80 majors, minors and pre-professional opportunities, including internships, career observations and study programs both abroad and in the United States.

We offer 18 varsity sports for men and women in a highly successful NCAA Division III athletic program. We also offer a large intramural program and many student clubs and organizations.

Located just 12 miles from Des Moines, Iowa’s capital and largest metropolitan area, Simpson’s ideal location allows students the opportunity to enjoy both city sophistication and small-town charm. The beautiful 75-acre tree-lined campus provides a setting that nurtures creativity, energy and productivity.


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