Morningside College

1501 Morningside Ave, Sioux City, IA 51106-1751

School Details

Morningside College, with United Methodist affiliations, is a private not-for-profit, four-year institution of higher education, located in the Sioux City, Iowa. 

Morningside College was founded in 1894 by the United Methodist Church and has strong roots in liberal arts education. Morningside’s campus lies on nearly 70 acres and has more than 20 buildings. The Morningside Historic District, which includes the Grace united Methodist Church and a large part of the campus, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Demographics at Morningside College are as follows:

  • More than 2,500 students enrolled (1,200 undergraduate)
  • Student to faculty ratio of 13:1
  • About 97 percent of undergraduate students and 0 percent of graduate students study full-time
  • Approximately 51 percent of students are female
  • More than 80 percent of students are White
  • About 94 percent of students are under the age of 25
  • Overall graduation rate is 58 percent

Morningside College offers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees in more than 30 programs of study. All graduate students are enrolled only in distance education. Internships are available to students in nearly 15 programs. Online courses are provided through Moodle’s learning management system. Other special learning opportunities at Morningside College include ROTC (Army) and teacher certification.

Student activities include: student government, service groups, religious organizations, music ensembles, three national fraternities, and two music fraternities. Student media includes a weekly newspaper, a public-access television cable TV channel, and a radio station. The “Mustangs” compete in men and women’s track, men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men’s football, men and women’s golf, men and women’s soccer, women’s softball, men and women’s swimming, men and women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and men’s wrestling. Athletic teams compete in the NAIA in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
On-campus living includes three traditional residence halls and three apartment-style buildings. The Garretson houses opened in 2009 and offer two houses for upperclassmen to live in. Room and board varies between $1,000 and $5,060 per academic year. Meal plans cost $3,870 per year and are available in a variety of options.

Morningside College receives more than 2,000 applications for admission each year and accepts about 63 percent of those students. To apply for enrollment at Morningside College, pay the $100 enrollment deposit and complete the Morningside Application for Admission. Students also must submit official high school transcripts and admission scores.

All students at Morningside College receive some sort of financial aid. To determine financial aid eligibility, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid after applying for admission or after January 1 of each year. Forms of financial aid include: Morningside Scholarships and Grants, Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEO Grant, Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan, and the Carver Scholarship.

Tuition at Morningside College costs $25,990 per academic year for all full-time students. Morningside College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    United Methodist

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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