From the School

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. During a remarkable 2013-2014 season, the return of football after a 72-year hiatus broke the NCAA all-time record for victories by a start-up program, and the men's basketball team, men's golf, and men's lacrosse were all crowned conference champions. Mercer recently joined the Southern Conference—the nation’s fifth-oldest NCAA Division I athletic association-and the Bears compete in men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis, and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field 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 "No. 1 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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Students seeking first-year admission to Mercer University's traditional undergraduate program should submit an application for admission (either the University's application at apply.mercer.edu or The Common Application at commonapp.org); an official high school transcript (accepted students intending to enroll also must submit a final transcript following completion of high school to finalize their admission); an official standardized test score report (SAT and/or ACT), a letter of recommendation and a non-refundable $50 application fee.

Applications are evaluated on the following six factors: academic rigor of high school curriculum, performance and grade point average in high school coursework, standardized SAT or ACT scores, extracurricular activities-with emphasis on leadership and service, quality of written expression as reflected in application essay and letter of recommendation from teacher or high school guidance counselor.

Students seeking enrollment for fall semester should submit applications by the appropriate deadline during their senior year of high school. To be considered for the University's most prestigious scholarship opportunities, students should submit their application and all supporting materials by the November 1 priority deadline. Mercer's regular decision deadline to be considered for University-funded scholarships and financial aid is February 1. Mercer processes admission decisions on a rolling basis.

For more information, visit undergrad.mercer.edu.

Overview

Applicants
4,375
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average HS GPA
3.75

GPA Breakdown

54%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 640
SAT Math
550 - 650
ACT Composite
25 - 29

Deadlines


Regular
July 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Level of applicant's interest

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Academic Programs

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.

Students Say

Mercer University is a school that students flock to for “its reputation as a rigorous academic institution” where professors “truly want to see students succeed.” Variations on that sentiment are offered repeatedly by students who say that at this “unique school” the “professors actually care about your opinion and your well-being.” Attendees feel the liberal arts education they get here offers them “intense preparation as an individual and professional for my future career.” Small class sizes mean students “have a personal relationship with the professor,” and the faculty in general “is so supportive. They don’t think your ideas are crazy and naïve; they really listen to you.” Some students admit there are some “outliers” who “are a joke,” but “for all their quirks they are focused on the students and trying to teach us.” The overwhelming majority of students insist, “Professors really care and love to teach” and are educators who “make sure that you understand the material being taught” and who will “devote extra time if needed for those who need it.” Despite being a small school, “the number of opportunities available to enhance the student’s academic experience is excellent” because “Mercer is a place that respects its students and knows the enormous potential its students have.” And that goes over well with the student population, since at Mercer “everyone majors in changing the world.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
720
with Terminal Degree
538

366
Men
354
Women
160
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


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

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

Carl Vinson
Senator,USS Carl Vinson named for him

Nathan Deal
Governor of Georgia

Walter F. George
senator

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From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Estimated costs for the 2015-2016 academic year are $34,450 for tuition and fees and $10,898 for room and board. Estimated student expenses may include $1,200 for books and supplies, $1,200 for transportation or travel, and $1,645 for personal expenses.

Financial Aid

More than 90 percent of Mercer students receive merit-based scholarships for academic achievement, exceptional talent, community service and leadership. Mercer's most prestigious and competitive scholarships are awarded to the top 10 percent of applicants, including awards ranging up to full tuition and a select few beyond. Georgia residents may also be eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship, the HOPE Scholarship or the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant. Students will be notified of scholarship eligibility and opportunities upon acceptance to the University.

Mercer also offers need-based, University-funded financial assistance to qualified undergraduate students, and many students are eligible for additional federal and state aid through grants, loans and work-study. All students seeking financial aid should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Georgia Scholarship/Grant Application (GSFAPPS) prior to March 1 for priority consideration.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
88
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,370

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,043

Average Need-Based Loan
$9,226

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,018

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
63%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$28,196

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$33,480
Required Fees
$300
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,500
Transportation for Commuters
$1,200

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
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

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
Yes

Overall

From The School

Mercer students have rewritten the definition of the word "involved," and the active undergraduate campus in Macon is home to 140 student organizations, including the Student Government Association, national honor societies, academic and career-oriented clubs, national fraternities and sororities, intramural and club sports, service organizations and diverse special-interest groups.

Students Say

If there is a buzzword to describe the student body at Mercer University, it is “involved.” Students are involved in clubs, sports, and civic groups and “with one another.” “Almost everyone aspires to be the president of this or that club and [they] are often actively involved in at least half a dozen others.” That may not come as a surprise, since “there are many opportunities for students to interact with one another and become involved on campus.” The student body here is “diverse,” with the tie that binds being that most “take part in community service through some venue.” Mercer students are “bright and intelligent,” “extremely involved on campus,” “opinionated but respectful,” and “well-informed but open-minded.” Students say, “It is small enough so I don’t feel intimidated” and that the school and upperclassmen provide a strong support system. People here are “always willing to help another person with problems.” This “intelligent” student body comes together from various areas of study. “English and engineering students converse frequently on all ranges of subjects from synesthesia to Doctor Who.” Mercer students are achievers, but even they wouldn’t claim to be overachievers. “Most students study well enough to reach their goals, whether high or moderate, but all reserve some time for fun.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,747
Out of State
19%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
38

Demographics

7.66%
Asian
19.54%
African-American
5.30%
Hispanic
60.60%
Caucasian
3.33%
Unknown
6.27%
International

49% female
51% male
19% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

Students Say

It’s hard to pin down an aspect of college life that isn’t represented at Mercer. Unsurprisingly, athletics are popular. “Most people play sports such as football, soccer, and basketball,” one student notes. And even those students who don’t play sometimes find themselves caught up in sports, since “school spirit is very important” at Mercer. But there are options outside of athletics. There is, of course, Greek life, which “provides a number of parties to attend and good times to be had.” However, most would not call Mercer a big party school. “General life at Mercer is quiet and peaceful;” so often “a lot of people end up relaxing in dorms or exploring Macon.” “Junior and senior students tend to venture out into Macon more, visiting downtown bars and restaurants and exploring the city.” Students can take a trolley to the downtown area, which is “currently being revitalized.” Mercer “does try its best to help the poor side of Macon with lots of community service.” If not engaging in formal activities, students “watch movies and go out to eat, go to church, and hang out at each other’s houses.” So, the school is quieter than schools known for frantic social scenes, “but if you know the right people you can do pretty much anything.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
74%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
73
First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
81

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions


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
25% 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)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
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

Green Rating
74

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

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
48

Average Number of PC's per Lab
23

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kaitlin Schlosser
Assistant Director Campus Visitation

Address
Office of Admissions
1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 312070001

Phone
4783012314

Email
schlosser_ke@mercer.edu

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
Grand Opera House
College Hill Corridor

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday thru Friday, Some Saturdays

4783012314

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

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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Key Stats

4,375
Applicants
2,747
Size
67%
Acceptance Rate
1190
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists