Mercer University is a four-year private school located in Macon, Georgia. Mercer was founded in 1833 by Billington McCarthy Sanders as a boys’ preparatory school. The school was then called Mercer Institute, after Jesse Mercer, who was a prominent Baptist leader that provided the founding endowment and served as the first chairman on the board of trustees. MU was originally affiliated with Baptism but is no longer formally affiliated with the Baptist denomination. Mercer was one of the few Southern colleges to remain open throughout the American Civil War.
Mercer has three campuses: the main campus in Macon, a graduate and professional education campus in Atlanta, and a four-year campus of the School of Medicine in Savannah. Regional academic centers are located in Henry County, Douglas County, Eastman, and Newnan. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend.
Mercer University offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees. Colleges and schools within Mercer University include:
- College of Liberal Arts
- Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics
- Tift College of Education
- Townsend School of Music
- School of Engineering
- School of Medicine
- College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
- Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
- College of Health Professions
- Walter F. George School of Law
- James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
- College of Continuing and Professional Studies
Mercer University has 8,329 students (4,404 undergraduates) and 736 faculty members, giving the university a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 510 teach full-time and 226 teach part-time. About 83 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and 17 percent study part-time. Most graduate students (69%) study full-time and 31 percent study part-time.
The student body contains 68 percent female students and 32 percent male students. About 45 percent of all students are white with the remaining students being black (35%), Asian (12%), and Hispanic (8%). About 58 percent of students are ages 24 and younger, with 42 percent of students being ages 25 and older. About 81 percent of students are from Georgia, 16 percent are from out-of-state, and three percent are from a foreign country.
The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 83 percent and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 59 percent. The overall graduation rate is 60 percent.
On-campus living is estimated to cost $10,697 per year with $2,670 in additional living expenses. Residence halls are staffed by trained Resident Assistants who live on each floor and work diligently to build community and support students in all aspects of their college lives. Incoming freshman and sophomores are required to live on campus.
Students have access to services such as: academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers. Special learning opportunities include: ROTC (Army), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad.
Student life includes religious life, more than 100 undergraduate student organizations, Greek life, and athletics. Mercer has an active religious life program for students seeking that experience, but it is important to note that students are not required to attend religious services and the only religion-related curriculum requirement for undergraduates is that they take an introductory religion course. Students may choose from academic, pre-professional, religious, special interest, and social organizations including a campus newspaper, a closed-circuit student-operated television studio (MERCER99), and a student-operated Internet radio station. Greek life includes two traditional black fraternities, five traditional black sororities, seven national fraternities, and four national sororities.
Mercer is a founding member of the Atlantic Sun Conference and is the only private university in Georgia with an NCAA Division I athletic program. The university will compete in the Pioneer Football League beginning in the fall of 2013.
Tuition costs $32,466 per and books and other supplies are estimated to cost $1,200 per year. The average tuition for a graduate student per year costs $16,092 with $300 in annual fees. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 94% of those attending Mercer University receive financial aid.
Mercer University receives over 3,500 applications per year and accepts about 63% of those students. Statistically, 68% of men and 60% of women who apply will be accepted.
Mercer University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:3,499
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