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.
The professors here are "phenomenal," allowing students to think for themselves and arrive at their own conclusions, "leading the discussions in as unbiased a manner as possible," and "playing devil's advocate when necessary." Everyone receives a "small liberal arts classroom experience," tests are geared toward an understanding past the lectures in order "to make sure students truly comprehend the material," and it is common for students and professors to chat about goals and aspirations in casual conversation. "My professors are some of my greatest cheerleaders, supporters, and mentors," says one student. "I have gotten to know them on a personal level, and they have done the same with me."
The holistic approach to general education taken by Mercer is applauded by students, who "are expected to interact every day" and therefore feel prepared to enter the workforce as "well-rounded thinkers." Various courses also have supplemental instruction (SI) where a previous student will assist students for seventy minutes, for three nights a week. "The greatest strength of MU is the value it places on students," says one of a school that "[encourages] participation in every facet of the university."
Macon is "a vibrant town" with a good music scene and a nearby downtown that boasts restaurants, theaters, bars (the campus is dry), and shopping; students head here often. Mercer is also rich in traditional ceremonies for students to participate in such as a "pilgrimage to Penfield (the original site of the university), the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and Founders Day."
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