From the School

Mercer University (founded in 1833) offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. The University consists of 11 colleges and schools: the College of Liberal Arts; the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics; the School of Engineering; the Tift College of Education; the Townsend School of Music; the Walter F. George School of Law; the School of Medicine; the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing; the James & Carolyn McAfee School of Theology; and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Mercer University, with campuses in Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah, Georgia and regional centers around the state, receives its accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Mercer among the leading universities in the South, both for value and quality of education, for 18 consecutive years.

Mercer's exceptional reputation springs from its sound academic programs, excellent faculty, and modern facilities. Tradition, however, is also a central component of this institution's unique identity. Mercer's commitment to Judeo-Christian values and its dedication to intellectual and religious freedom truly distinguish the University.

Mercer enrolls over 8,300 students in its 11 schools. With 2,500 undergraduates studying at the main campus, undergraduates enjoy small classes (average class size is 21) made possible by the 13:1 student/faculty ratio (an unusually low ratio for a university of its size). While a majority of Mercer students come from the Southeast, the student body is representative of at least 48 states and 24 countries. All students gain from Mercer's friendly atmosphere, excellent teaching (by faculty members only, never by teaching assistants), and small classes. Mercer instructors hold degrees from some of the most prestigious institutions in the world; they excel in both their research and teaching abilities. Nearly all hold Ph.D.s or the equivalent terminal degree in their fields.

Undergraduates may choose from a range of housing options, including conventional dormitories, apartment-style residences, and Greek houses. Mercer is an active campus, home to more than 120 clubs and organizations; among their number are academic clubs, honor societies, performing arts organizations, special interest groups, and religious groups. Ten fraternities and seven sororities play a central role in the community, providing social outlets and performing a wide assortment of community services. ROTC is another option available to Mercer undergraduates.

Mercer's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and the Atlantic Sun Conference. The University fields teams in men's baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, tennis, and soccer, and women's basketball, cross-county, golf, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis, and court volleyball. Football rejoins the roster in Fall 2013! The school also offers a variety of intramural and club sport competition.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 630
SAT Math
540 - 640
ACT Composite
23 - 28


July 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Level of applicant's interest


From The School

Undergraduates at Mercer may choose between two academic tracks. The first, the General Education Program, requires study in a number of areas and leads to a broad-based education. General Education students investigate the major fields of human accomplishment and learning. This track, which is completed by the end of sophomore year, establishes a base from which students can continue a lifetime of study in many fields. General Education students spend their junior and senior years specializing in a major field and completing upper-division courses.

The second track, the Great Books Program, immerses students in the classic works of Western civilization. Students probe the writings of Plato, Socrates, Milton, and Freud in order to learn more about our society and its intellectual lineage. The Great Books Program is an eight-course sequence that is not completed until the first semester of the student's final year.

Exceptional students are eligible to participate in Mercer's Honors Program, which helps academically superior students reach their maximum learning potential by undertaking more challenging assignments and coursework. Qualified students in the College of Liberal Arts, School of Business and Economics, College of Education, and School of Engineering, are eligible to enter the Honors Program.

All students at Mercer University must complete a major. However, the University also encourages undergraduates to investigate fields outside their majors. Options for independent reading, independent research, and course work in special topics exists in many departments. The University also allows undergraduates to design independent majors, with the consultation of an academic advisor and the approval of the college dean and a faculty committee.

Most students in the College of Liberal Arts, the Stetson School of Business and Economics, the Tift College of Education, and Townsend School of Music undertake 15 hours of coursework (five courses) per semester. Students in the School of Engineering generally undertake 15 to 18 hours of coursework (five to six courses) per semester. Students who wish to take an extra course must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and receive permission from their academic advisor. Up to 30 hours of course credit can be earned through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or International Baccalaureate (IB). Students who take Advanced Placement exams (College Board) and receive scores of 3 or better usually receive credit for the equivalent coursework.

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

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Doctoral Other
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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


From The School

Tuition for the 2011-2012 school year is $31,248; room and board is an additional $10,408. On average, students spend $1,200 on books and supplies each year.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

State Aid

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Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

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Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

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)

Direct Lender


From The School

The Student Government Association sponsors and manages numerous student activities at the University. Each year, elections are held in the spring to select the SGA president, vice president, secretary-treasurer, and freshman advisor, as well as representatives of each of the four classes plus one at-large representative. Students also elect the editors of major student publications and members of the student activities board, QuadWorks. Most school committees include student representatives from the liberal arts, business, engineering, music, and education divisions.

Mercer students participate in more than 120 clubs and 17 national fraternities and sororities. A small sampling includes: the Shakespearean Society, Mercer Cycling, Mac-Town Breakers, Indian Cultural Exchange, the Society of Women Engineers, Up 'Til Dawn, Animercer, and Students For Environmental Action. With so many options, getting involved is easy.

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
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



49% female
51% male
17% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time


From The School

The 130-acre Macon campus is a blend of tradition and innovation. Students walk among hundred-year-old trees, yet state-of-the-art learning technology is at their fingertips. The 230,000-square-foot University Center is a hub for campus activity. From enjoying a lingering cup of mocha at the Coffee Shop to jogging laps around the indoor track to attending a concert or Division I basketball game in the arena, students make memories in this facility that enhance their college experience.

Macon is a vibrant community with a rich arts and musical heritage. Centrally located in the heart of the state, the campus allows easy access to the Georgia coast, Florida beaches and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Grand antebellum homes along the tree-lined streets contrast with the new convention center and premier shopping centers. Downtown Macon, site of the renovated Douglass Theatre, the Grand Opera House, and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, is a lively shopping and visitors district located not far from the campus.

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
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

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

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

22% join a fraternity
24% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Mercer Bears)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Mercer Bears)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


Green Rating

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Kaitlin Schlosser
Assistant Director Campus Visitation

Office of Admissions
1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 312070001



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
Ingleside Village

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday thru Friday, Some Saturdays


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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


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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