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Iowa’s Morningside College is sixty-eight acres of “beautiful campus,” and it boasts a job and graduate school placement rate of 99 percent as well as a 100 percent rate of students receiving financial aid. At Morningside, there is an “intentional focus on a liberal arts education,” and since “it’s not an especially large school … there are a lot of opportunities that may not be available to a larger student body.” That includes May Terms, which give students the opportunity to take classes not normally offered (many choose Study Abroad) and the Palmer Research Symposium, an undergraduate research day that “allows students to gain experience in creating and presenting research across the disciplines.” Off-campus learning opportunities extend the curriculum, offering opportunities such as job shadowing, service learning, internships, and clinical experience.

Bolstering the academics are professors, described by some as “the best thing about the college.” These educators “are sincerely focused on teaching their students everything they can,” and small class sizes make faculty “more accessible and personable”—most “are on a first name basis with their students” and are “very quick to respond to emails relating to homework.” If you want an in-person conversation, they are also “more than willing to talk to students about anything.” It’s clear that the faculty “really care about the topics that you are learning,” and while there are some lectures, “many professors pose questions to lead discussion and then just let the students talk about what they think.”

Student Body

Since this is a “close knit and tight group,” Morningside “has a small community feeling within a larger city.” Here, “friendly smiles and hellos are what you will see along the campus no matter what,” and “everyone wants to get to know everyone”—and there’s a lot to get to know about each other since there are “a good number of foreign students.” But while “everybody has their own opinion, … everyone respects each other's opinions.” In general, “everyone … is very enthusiastic,” and that extends into the neighboring areas as well: “Students enjoy volunteering in the surrounding community.”

Campus Life

Students love Morningside “in the spring, [when] all the flowers and trees are blossoming.” And when students aren't studying, “people hang out, use the pool rooms in the dorm building, go to the mall or the movies,” or “hang around in the lounges of the residence hall or head down to hang out in the grill of the student center.” Students can find something to do, since there “are always events happening on campus” such as “slam poetry, guest speakers,” scavenger hunts, “comedians, magicians, and bingo,” all of which serves to “bring the student Mustangs together.” Keeping students even busier, a good number of them are “involved in extracurricular activities or have jobs on campus or in the surrounding community.” And speaking of the Sioux City community, establishments around town offer additional options for a night out, “giving Morningside students free movie nights … [and] karaoke nights.”

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

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ACT Test Scores

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

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Selectivity Rating


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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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

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/Applied Physics.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • 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

Notable Faculty


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

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 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

On-Campus Room and Board
$6,729
Comprehensive Fee
$28,975

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
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,214
Foreign Countries Represented
4

Demographics

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

Overview


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


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


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


Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

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.

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