Students Say

A small liberal arts school in Iowa, Morningside College strives for a personalized educational experience that focuses on “developing critical thinking skills to pursue life long education.” Morningside College boasts “a beautiful campus full of professors who strive to cultivate a passion for learning and coaches who treat you like family.” Associated with the Methodist church, Morningside focuses on “creating well-rounded members through society” with “a balanced worldview [and] a sense of community.”

Overview

Applicants
1,349
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average HS GPA
3.37

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

A small liberal arts school in Iowa, Morningside College strives for a personalized educational experience that focuses on “developing critical thinking skills to pursue life long education.” Morningside College boasts “a beautiful campus full of professors who strive to cultivate a passion for learning and coaches who treat you like family.” Associated with the Methodist church, Morningside focuses on “creating well-rounded members through society” with “a balanced worldview [and] a sense of community.” Students say that their professors “play a big role in the personal aspect of the learning process” by getting to know students as individuals. Developing these personal relationships between students and faculty means that students feel confident that they can “go to any [faculty member] for help in class or even with personal issues.” “[The faculty] encouraged me to try my hardest,” one student told us, “but supported me when I was being pushed beyond my limits.” In general, students say, “Morningside provides a small group feeling in most classes with large college caliber instruction.” One student explains that the professors here “pushed me to become independent in my studies and to really put myself into my classwork.” However, a few students complain that the school’s emphasis on “discussion based” methods, especially “as you get into upper level classes,” “are overused” or even backfire when “teachers attempt discussion while kids look at their phones or computers and refuse to speak unless pressed.” Complaints about facilities that need updating are beginning to be addressed as “Dimmit, the biggest dormitory on campus, is being renovated this summer (2015).”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
177
with Terminal Degree
53

112
Women
65
Men
3
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
31%
Graduate in 5 years
42%
Graduate in 6 years
44%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Corporate Communications
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Physics

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

  • History

  • American History (United States)
  • European History
  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biopsychology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Photography


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Ann Landers
Syndicated Columnist

Abigail Van Buren
Syndicated Columnist

Norm Waitt
Co-founder Gateway

Era Bell Thompson
Editor, Ebony Magazine

Kristine Jepson
Opera Singer - Metropolitan Opera

George Bud Day
Congressional Medal of Honor

Paul Splittorff
Pitcher - Kansas City Royals/Broadcaster

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
31%
Graduate in 5 years
42%
Graduate in 6 years
44%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 31

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,096

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,908

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,974

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,208

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
88%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$12,874

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$21,116
Required Fees
$1,130
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,264
Transportation for Commuters
$1,175

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
FFEL PLUS loans
FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

The average Morningside “student is social and friendly, ready to help anyone if need be.” Students take their academic careers seriously, and as a result they are usually “intelligent and punctual”; they “consistently complete assignments to the best of their ability, and attend class on a regular basis.” “Most students fit in with different clubs or with people who have the same interest” but everyone is friendly, and “because Morningside is a liberal arts college, students take classes outside of their major, which helps them to meet students who are on different academic tracks.” Demographically, Morningside’s average student “is Protestant” and Caucasian, and most are “from either Iowa, Nebraska, or South Dakota.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,214
Out of State
32%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
4

Demographics

54% female
46% male
32% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Like any college you have your party going crowd,” one student in the know explains, “but you also have your crowd who is fun and totally cool with sitting around watching movies and laughing without having to get drunk.” For that crowd the school offers “a lot of campus activities that are fun like midnight movies or hypnotists” and other forms of live entertainment that the Morningside Activities Council “puts on . . . for the student body for free.” Students also find pleasure in local “authentic Mexican food that is cheap and delicious” and music and sporting “events at the Tyson event Center.” In fact, sports are a big part of the school’s culture: “Athletics is what makes Morningside, Morningside,” one student explains. Students who enjoyed competing in high school say, “Morningside is the place to be” because it “makes it very easy” to continue participating in a wide variety of sports.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
64%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Focus Program

Type of Program
For LD/ADD Only

Director
Robbie Rohlena

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
Yes

Documentation Requred for LD
Please call for details.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Please call for details.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
40
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
1
Number of Religious Organizations
10

6% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Mustangs)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Lady Mustangs)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.morningside.edu/student_life/services/studentorgs.htm

Minority Support Groups: www.morningside.edu/student_life/services/studentorgs.htm

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of South Dakota

Sustainability


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
4

Average Number of PC's per Lab
5

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Diane Hay
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
1501 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106-1751

Phone
712-274-5511


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
New Student Apartments
Health-Fitness Center
Eppley Auditorium
Olsen Student Center
Walker Science Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Orpheum Theatre
Southern Hills Shopping Mall
Riverfront Park
Art Center
Event Center

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
during group visits

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
mscadm@morningside.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
taxis, city transit system, airport shuttles from Sioux Gateway Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-29 S, exit 144A to South Lakeport Road, left to Morningside Avenue, then left. From Hwy 75 S, Transit Ave. exit, Transit Ave. to Morningside Avenue, then left to Peters Avenue, then left. From Hwy 20 East, left on Stone Avenue to Morningside Avenue, left to Peters Avenue, then right.

Local Accommodations
Days Inn, Holiday Inn, Plaza Hotel, Fairfield Inn, Best Western, Marina Inn
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Key Stats

1,349
Applicants
1,214
Size
74%
Acceptance Rate

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