Office of the President 

Welcome to Mount Mercy University—where students are our greatest asset and their success is our top priority. Our mission is simple—to make sure our students study and live for something that truly matters.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mount Mercy provides an education that is personal, practical, relevant and faith-inspired. We uniquely blend liberal arts and professional career preparation with a strong emphasis on academic excellence, leadership, compassion and volunteerism—and we know it works! Our alumni land great jobs, gain entrance into top-notch graduate and professional schools, add value to their communities, and live meaningful, incredible lives.

Mount Mercy University was named a 2018-19 College of Distinction based on engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. We can’t say it enough: student success is at the heart of Mount Mercy. 

I am deeply committed to building Mount Mercy University with the extraordinary talent of our faculty, staff, trustees and community—centered on our students—with a keen eye toward the future. Ensuring an affordable and transformational education is our individual and collective goal.

Please come and explore our beautiful campus on the Hill in the middle of one of America’s most vibrant cities and learn more about the programs we offer. Our accomplished and committed faculty and staff want to meet you! Our remarkable students will share what makes our University so special. Most of all, you will discover the incredible possibilities that lie ahead for you—opportunities you will only find at Mount Mercy University. 

I hope to see you on campus very soon!

Laurie Hamen, JD

Schedule a campus visit today!

Contact the President's Office

Call us at 319-368-6464 or email

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Laurie Hamen, JD