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Mercer University is one of America's oldest and most distinctive universities, offering rigorous programs that span the undergraduate liberal arts to doctoral-level programs. With more than 8,500 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges across three campuses in Georgia-Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah-Mercer's reputation for exceptional academics in an engaged learning environment attracts students from across the United States and around the world.

Founded in 1833, Mercer holds the distinction of being the only university in the South to offer liberal arts, engineering, law, medicine and pharmacy at the same institution. Mercer also offers degree programs in business, teacher education, music, professional studies, theology, nursing and health professions. Mercer successfully combines the "best of both worlds," boasting a wide breadth of academic programs and resources of a large research university while maintaining an intimate, student-focused culture more characteristic of smaller liberal arts colleges.

The Mercer experience is defined by the integration of student leadership, academic research, and service to others, and Mercer students rank among the most engaged in the nation. The University's hallmark initiative, Mercer On Mission, takes students out of the classroom and into foreign countries where they use academic knowledge and research to solve significant real-world problems, transforming the lives of those they serve around the world.

The Mercer Bears are longtime members of NCAA Division I athletics and recently joined the Southern Conference—the nation’s fifth-oldest NCAA Division I athletic association. The Bears compete in men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis, and women’s basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball.

Rankings and Lists
For almost two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Mercer among the leading universities in the South, including recently as a "Best Value in the South," and The Princeton Review repeatedly ranks Mercer in the top 15 percent of all colleges and universities in North America. The University has earned national recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its commitment to community engagement and has also been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for distinguished community service.

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Overview

Applicants
4,836
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average HS GPA
3.82

GPA Breakdown

62%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — July 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
745
with Terminal Degree
556

400
Women
345
Men
186
Minority
9
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
49%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Environmental Biology.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
  • Technical and Scientific Communication.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, Other.
  • Computer Science.
  • Computer Software and Media Applications, Other.
  • Information Science/Studies.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • International Public Health/International Health.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Public Health, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Studies, General.
  • Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate).

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy, Other.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Community Organization and Advocacy.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.


Students Say

As the oldest private university in Georgia, Mercer University is a school that provides boundless opportunities for its undergraduates. Indeed, its "small size and focus on research and leadership enables students to quickly get involved in both academic pursuits with professors, as well as leadership positions in the extracurricular of their choice." Moreover, service is central to its educational mission, and Mercer aims to produce graduates who will endeavor to "make positive changes in their local community and the world [at large]." While the academics here are challenging, it's obvious that the university wants to see its students succeed. Hence, the school maintains an "academic resource center on campus that is open until 3am and has tutors for almost every subject, people willing to help edit and revise papers, etc."

Undergrads also happily report that their professors all seem "genuinely invested in their students." One pleased individual elaborates, "Professors WANT students to come to their office hours, and make it easy through appointments or regular office hours." And a fellow student boasts, "All my professors have absolutely floored me with their enthusiasm, intelligence, and willingness to help." They've also been known to "incorporate videos, activities, and discussions into the class" to stimulate students and keep courses interesting. Perhaps this satisfied student explains it best, "Our professors are not simply in the classroom for fifty minutes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. They are [there for us] throughout our entire four years at Mercer."


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Judge Griffin Bell
72nd Attorney General of U.S.

Judge William Augustus Bootle
Ordered admission of African American to UGA

Cathy Cox
First female Georgia Secretary of State

Judge Yvette Miller
first black female on GA Court of Appeals

Nancy Grace
Legal Commentator; Television Host,

Nathan Deal
Governor of Georgia

Walter F. George
Senator

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
49%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,244

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,409

Average Need-Based Loan
$10,046

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
64%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,194

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$28,458

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$34,830
Required Fees
$300
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,020
Transportation for Commuters
$1,200

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,916
Comprehensive Fee

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 Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
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
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,046
Foreign Countries Represented
42

Demographics

8.08%
Asian
18.73%
African-American
5.21%
Hispanic
57.75%
Caucasian
3.07%
Unknown
3.13%
International

51% female
49% male
19% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

Undergrads at Mercer are quick to sing the praises of their "absolutely amazing" peers. To begin with, students here tend to be "full of energy, enthusiasm, and drive." As one proud undergrad explains, "We have a running joke that at everyone is involved in at least three student organizations, has at least one job, and regularly participates in some off-campus organization." Even better, they're also extremely welcoming and friendly." Another ecstatic student chimes in, "Everyone's...ready and willing to offer assistance or check up on you if you seem to be having a bad day, even students...you've never met before are quick to make sure you know they're there for you." A third undergrad agrees sharing, "When I...came to visit Mercer for the first time, EVERYONE was so kind, and I honestly thought [it] was a facade. Come to find out that everyone really is kind here." Importantly, though the university does have "a large white population," students assure us that "diversity does exist on campus." Indeed, "Mercer is attractive to international students of all sorts, minority students, and students of all types from different regions of the country and world." And, the "best part about it is that everybody here is so accepting of people's differences and so open-minded." What more could you ask for from your fellow students?

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
78%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing

Students Say

Mercer has done an outstanding job creating "an inviting, stimulating atmosphere for its students." After all, there's always an activity or event to attend. To begin with, the university "has one of the best, if not the best, intramural sports programs in the country." And everyone from first-years through seniors are keen to get in on the action. Beyond that, "two of our major student-led organizations, QuadWorks and Mercer Maniacs, put on events all of the time for students. QuadWorks plans about eighty events each semester doing things like riding camels on hump day, having movie nights out on the lawn, or even attending our annual music festival, BearStock, for free!" Fraternities and sororities do have a presence at Mercer. However, Greek life doesn't wholly dominate campus life. We've also been informed that "there is also a vibrant party scene if you know where to look." Lastly, students report that hometown Macon is "a nice city" that offers many exciting options and activities including "hiking at the Indian Mounds," along with "trampoline parks, movie theaters, [and] fine dining." It's quite common to see undergrads heading "downtown on weekend nights."

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Carol Burrowbridge

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
125
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations

21% join a fraternity
27% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Mercer Bears)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Mercer Bears)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Sand Volleyball
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: The Office of Counseling and Psychological Services offers programming and counseling services related to sexual orientation.

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

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
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
1501 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 312070001

Phone
4783012650


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University Center
Connell Student Center
Greek Village
Porter Patch
Jesse Mercer Plaza

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mercer Village
Downtown Macon
Jittery Joe's Coffee House
Tatnall Square Park
College Hill Corridor

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday thru Friday, Some Saturdays

4783012650

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Sat

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
csglance@gmail.com

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, shuttle bus from Atlanta Airport Macon Bus service available on campus Atlanta Airport is 70 miles away Macon Airport is 10 miles away

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-75; Heading North (from Florida) Take I-75 North to Exit #164 (Hardeman Avenue/Forsyth Street). Turn right at top of exit ramp. Proceed to the second traffic light and turn right onto College Street. Follow College Street to the North entrance of the campus. Enter North entrance and proceed to the three way stop. Turn left onto Elm Street. University Welcome Center will be on the right. From I-75; Heading South (from Atlanta) Take I-75 South to Exit #164 (Hardeman Avenue/Forsyth Street). Take ramp off the interstate and follow the road to the second light. Turn left at the second light and proceed to the third traffic light. Turn right onto College Street and proceed to the North entrance of the campus. Enter North entrance and continue to the three way stop. Turn left onto Elm Street. University Welcome Center will be on the right. From I-16; Heading West (from Savannah) Take I-16 West until it merges with I-75 South. Take I-75 South to Exit #164 (Hardeman Avenue/Forsyth Street). Take ramp off the interstate and follow the road to the second light. Turn left at the second light and proceed to the third traffic light. Turn right onto College Street and proceed to the North entrance of the campus. Enter North entrance and continue to the three way stop. Turn left onto Elm Street. University Welcome Center will be on the right.

Local Accommodations
Hilton Garden Inn/Mercer University 1220 Stadium Drive Macon, GA 31204 478-741-5527 I-75 Exit 163 Mercer University Drive Ask for Mercer Rate Courtyard by Marriott 3990 Sheraton Drive, Exit #169 off I-75 at Arkwright Road and Riverside Drive (478) 477-8899 (800) 321-2211 Ask for Mercer Rate


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