Mercer University

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1400 Coleman Avenue

Macon, GA 31207-0003

Phone: (478) 301-2700
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jul. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#8 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Mercer University is a private institution that was founded in 1833. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,423, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 150 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Mercer University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 8. Its tuition and fees are $33,120 (2013-14).

Just an hour south of Atlanta, the main campus of Mercer University is located in the slightly quieter town of Macon, Ga. Mercer offers programs in 11 different colleges and schools, with business being the most popular major. Tradition is important to the Mercer community. For the last 100 years, first year students have climbed the tower of the tallest campus structure, the Godsey Administration Building, to sign their names on the surface. The Mercer Student Government Association also hosts an annual ceremony to light the school Christmas tree. Students can get involved through more than 100 student organizations, Greek life, and athletics. The Mercer Bears sports teams, called the Mercer Baptists until 1924, compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference. Graduate students at Mercer can choose from several programs, including those in its school of medicine in Macon or The Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics at the Atlanta campus. Famous Mercer alumni include Nancy Grace of CNN’s The Nancy Grace Show, who graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law in Macon.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

As one of America's oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning, Mercer University's mission is to teach, to learn, to create, to discover, to inspire, to empower and to serve. In fulfilling this mission, the University supports undergraduate, graduate, and professional learning, as well as basic research and its application in service to others. Founded by Baptists in 1833, Mercer is an independent university that remains grounded in a tradition that embraces freedom of the mind and spirit, cherishes the equal worth of every individual, and commits to serving the needs of humankind. As a university committed to excellence and innovation, Mercer challenges members of its community to meet and exceed high standards in their teaching, learning, research, scholarship and service. With more than 8,300 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges on campuses in Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah, Mercer has a strong presence in Georgia. However, its more than 68,000 alumni are making important contributions to their professions and communities around the world. Twelve Mercerians have served as governors and four alumni have served as U.S. Senators. While offering a breadth of programs found at much larger universities, Mercer maintains an intimate, student-focused culture more characteristic of smaller liberal arts colleges. In the state of Georgia, the University operates the only private engineering school and one of only six law schools. The Mercer Health Sciences Center includes the state's largest pharmacy school, one of only four medical schools, and the oldest college of nursing. In addition, Mercer has one of the more prominent university presses in the country and operates an engineering research center employing more 200 scientists and engineers. Central to the Mercer experience is an education that uniquely prepares students to lead virtuous, meaningful, and responsible lives and encourages a thoughtful examination of ethical and moral choices. Service learning, leadership development, and community involvement are three common threads that join all of Mercer's academic programs and experiences. In fact, Mercer's international reputation for exceptional academics in an engaged learning environment continues to grow. For more than two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Mercer among the leading universities in the South. The Princeton Review consistently ranks it in the top 10% of all colleges and universities in North America. Mercer has earned national recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its commitment to community engagement and was one of only 113 institutions nationally to be named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. Among the University's signature programs is Mercer On Mission, a unique blend of study abroad and service-learning that provides life-changing experiences for students through academic instruction, research, cultural immersion, meaningful service, and spiritual reflection. Working alongside in-country partners, Mercer students and faculty are bringing water to villages in Africa; fitting amputees in Vietnam with low-cost prosthetic legs; teaching orphans in Guatemala, students in Liberia, and the homeless in Brazil; and delivering much-needed medical care in Cambodia. Mercer is equally committed to the student experience beyond the classroom. A wide variety of organizations, honorary and professional societies, and religious and special interest groups enhance the quality of campus life. Mercer is the only private university in the state to field an NCAA Division I athletics program. As a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference and the Pioneer League, Mercer competes in a complete schedule of men's baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis, and women's basketball, cross-country, golf, sand volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1833
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $191,665,145


When applying to Mercer University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Mercer University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.1 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.1%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Mercer University is 13:1, and the school has 66 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Mercer University include: Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Social Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 43%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 15%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15%
Engineering 12%
Social Sciences 10%
Psychology 9%

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Student Life

Mercer University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,423, with a gender distribution of 35.3 percent male students and 64.7 percent female students. At this school, 67 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 33 percent of students live off campus. Mercer University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,329
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Mercer University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Mercer University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Mercer University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Mercer University, 72.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $23,528.

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Tuition and fees $33,120 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,081 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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