Mercer offers distinctive academic and experiential opportunities during the undergraduate years that prepare students to excel in graduate and professional school as well as to successfully enter the workforce immediately after graduation.
With an average class size of 21 and a 13:1 student/faculty ratio, Mercer's courses are characterized by spirited interchange among talented students and acclaimed faculty. No classes are taught by teaching assistants; instead, they are led by faculty members who hold Ph.D.s (or the equivalent terminal degrees in their fields) from some of the most prestigious institutions in the world. Mercer's professors excel in both scholarly research and teaching abilities, and they mentor and challenge their students to think critically, communicate clearly, act ethically and care passionately.
Mercer students and alumni continue to garner prestigious national awards and accolades, and last year alone, a sophomore was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship; two student-athletes were named First Team Academic All-American; three Mercerians were selected to receive Fulbright U.S. Student Awards to teach abroad; and a graduating senior was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship.
Mercer's core curriculum features two options for students: the Integrative Program combines traditional disciplinary course requirements with several signature multidisciplinary courses, and the Great Books Program engages students through thoughtful conversation sparked by some of the most significant works of literature throughout history, including books by Homer, Plato, Chaucer and Shakespeare.
Many Mercer students choose to pursue undergraduate research—regardless of major-working independently or alongside a faculty member on projects ranging from the forefront of medical advances to cutting-edge econometrics.
For students seeking an intensely transformative challenge, the Mercer University Honors Program engages exceptional students in an exclusive and enriching academic experience that integrates undergraduate research with interdisciplinary seminars, service-learning courses, cultural and social events, and study abroad opportunities. Students invited to the program select from five academic tracks: business, engineering, international, research and service.
Mercer Abroad provides holistic and experiential learning opportunities for students to earn academic credit while seeing the world. Mercer's partnerships with school across the globe allow students to choose from a variety of study abroad programs-ranging from trips lasting a few weeks to a full year abroad.
The University's innovative Center for Collaborative Journalism has been called "one of the nation's boldest journalism experiments" by The New York Times for taking the "teaching hospital" model to the newsroom. In collaboration with media partners The (Macon) Telegraph and Georgia Public Broadcasting, journalism and media studies students are placed alongside industry professionals to learn, engage with the community and build an unrivaled portfolio of published work.
Majors and Degrees Offered
Students may choose from more than 60 undergraduate majors across the College of Liberal Arts, School of Engineering, Stetson School of Business and Economics, Tift College of Education, Townsend School of Music, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing and the College of Health Professions to find the degree program that fits their interests and goals.
Mercer offers a variety of pre-professional tracks that prepare students for graduate or professional school: pre-anesthesiologist assistant, pre-dentistry, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, pre-optometry, pre-podiatry, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-theology and pre-veterinary medicine. Students are paired with a pre-professional advisor who guides them through the undergraduate class selection process as well as the graduate/professional school application process.
Graduate and/or professional degree programs are offered on one or more campuses through the School of Engineering, Stetson School of Business and Economics, Tift College of Education, Townsend School of Music, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Walter F. George School of Law, School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, McAfee School of Theology, College of Health Professions and Penfield College. Qualified undergraduate students have the unique opportunity to pursue guaranteed admission to the University's nationally recognized and highly competitive graduate and professional programs in medicine, pharmacy, business, physical therapy, law and nursing.
Mercer students also have the option to earn both their bachelor's and master's degrees in just five years through combined degree programs in accounting, business and engineering. The University's accelerated law degree program offers qualified students the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree and law degree in six years, instead of seven. Mercer's dual-degree graduate programs help students diversify their skill set by earning two complementary degrees—such as a law degree (J.D.) along with a master of business administration (M.B.A.)-that prepare graduates more comprehensively for their chosen profession.
Mercer University is a Georgia institution anchored in Macon, consisting of a dozen colleges and schools and offering “big school opportunities with a small school environment.” The “active and welcoming atmosphere” offers “easy access to study resources” and an administration that “is there for the students.” “They are a wonderful support system,” says one. Mercer focuses on cultivating a passion for service in both the world and one’s immediate surroundings, and many say that the best part about the school is “the community that it builds with the surroundings area.” Students are proud to say that their school “upholds integrity, spirit, academia” and “everyone at Mercer has incredible school spirit and really loves being there.”
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.”