Our Mission, Vision and Values

We welcome women and men of all beliefs to join our community in the pursuit of baccalaureate and graduate education and service to those in need.

We promote reflective judgment, strategic communication, the common good and purposeful living through a core curriculum, liberal arts and professional majors and student development programs.

We strive for excellence via our four interdependent goals:

  • Using reflective judgment. Reflective judgment allows individuals to solve problems creatively and integrate knowledge across disciplines. Reflect judgement requires a knowing basic fact, examining and evaluating assumptions, amassing adequate justification for drawing a conclusion and understanding implications of drawing that conclusion.
  • Engaging in strategic communication. Strategic communications allow individuals to select from a range of options, including construction and interpretation of messages in all forms, to accomplish a chosen goal in an ethical manner.
  • Serving the common good. Serving the common good includes respect for and ethical interaction with every person and the natural environment. Through service for the wellbeing of all humanity and a dedication to justice, our students reach their human potential more fully.
  • Promoting purposeful living. A Mount Mercy University education prepares students for their whole lives after graduation by providing opportunities for spiritual growth, intellectual engagement, vocational clarity, social development, physical well-being, emotional maturity and responsible community leadership.

Our Values

As members of the Mount Mercy University community, grounded in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy and our Catholic identity, we are committed to:

Lifelong learning and education of the whole person
We believe that education is a lifelong experience where learning empowers the whole person, intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Pursuit of truth and dignity
We foster free inquiry in a compassionate culture where our dedication to faith, truth and mercy supports the dignity of each person within the human community.

Commitment to students
We acknowledge and affirm that our students’ needs are central to decisions that affect community life.

Justice
We advocate for equality by actively creating just and healthy relationships in our learning community and in our global society.

Gratitude
We celebrate with humility all gifts and talents bestowed by God and faithfully share these blessings with the wider community.

Hospitality
We accomplish our work in the spirit of Catherine McAuley’s graciousness and inclusion that welcomes all people and perspectives.

Service
We instill a sense of responsibility and caring that calls us to serve the common good.

Community
We exist throughout our community, enabling all people to live up to their potential, using our resources to serve, advocate and pray for those in need.