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Morningside College


Morningside College is a private four-year liberal arts school situated on 68 acres in Sioux City, Iowa. Founded in 1894 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, the college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Morningside has 21 buildings, many of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The school prides itself on having a strong liberal arts program and a diverse social, ethnic, cultural, and national student body. Approximately 2,000 students attend Morningside. Notable alumni include identical twins Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren, Thomas C. Dorr, and Utu Abe Malae.

Educational Programs

Morningside College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study. The school confers a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or a Master of Arts upon completion of the relevant program. Here are a few things you can study at Morningside College:


  • Advertising
  • Art: Studio
  • Art Teaching
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • History: American
  • Mass Communication
  • Engineering Physics
  • Music Education
  • Psychology


  • Master of Arts in Teaching
    • Professional Educator
    • Special Education
    • Behavior Disorders
    • Intellectual Disabilities

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Physician’s Assistant

The Foreign Studies Program at Morningside provides students with opportunities to get an education outside the classroom. The college has programs in Italy, England, Ireland, and Japan. Only sophomores with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 are eligible to apply. Specific programs may have additional eligibility requirements.

Many graduates find themselves in a catch-22. Employers want applicants with experience, but applicants need employers to hire them so they can gain experience. Participating in an internship is one way to solve this problem. Morningside works with area businesses to provide students with opportunities to gain experience in the field while earning college credit. Students are sponsored by faculty members and supervised by a professional working in the field. Some internships even pay, which can help defray the cost of tuition. Only students who have junior standing or higher are eligible.


Freshmen applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 or higher and an ACT score of 20 (SAT 1410). The school also looks at the student’s rank in his or her graduating class, coursework completed, character, and abilities. Students out of school more than five years do not need to take the SAT or ACT but will need to take placement tests if accepted.

Transfer students that have at least 24 transferable credits need a GPA of 2.25. Students with less than 24 credits must have a high school GPA of 2.5 and a composite ACT score of 20 to qualify for admission to Morningside.

Students applying to the teaching graduate program must have earned a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 grade point average, have a teacher’s license, and submit a writing sample.

Accepted students must pay a $100 deposit to hold their place at the school.


Here is how much it will cost to attend Morningside College:

  • Tuition (full time): $23,780 per semester
  • General fees: $1,220 per semester
  • Housing: $3,900 per semester
  • Books: $800 per semester

Students can use federal financial aid, scholarships, grants, and private loans to pay for their educational expenses. The school also allows students to pay in monthly installments, but prior approval is required.

Campus Life

Full-time students under the age of 23 and who are not seniors are required to live on campus. Exceptions are made for students who are married, have children, living within 45 miles of campus with family, or obligated to live at their place of employment. Housing consists of traditional dormitories. Rooms are furnished with a bed, dresser, wardrobe, and desk and chair for each occupant.

Opportunities to socialize and interact with other students are numerous. Men’s and women’s sports programs available at the school include baseball, basketball, cheer, dance, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, cross country, volleyball, and wrestling. You can also join a student organization such as:

  • ACACIA Fraternity
  • Alpha Lambda Delta
  • Morningside Civic Union
  • College Democrats and Republicans
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Speech Club
  • Project Hope
  • Undergraduate Psychological Association
  • Campus Ministries



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