Mercer University

Mercer University

Established in 1833, Mercer University is a private, coeducational university with a Baptist heritage. It is located in Georgia and is the only university of its size in the U.S that offers programs in more than 10 diversified fields of study. Mercer University enrolls more than 7,000 students every year. The various academic divisions available at Mercer are:

  • Business
  • Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Liberal Arts
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Theology

Mercer University has major campuses in Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah. It also runs regional academic centers for working adult students in Henry County, Douglas County, and Eastman. The University has two teaching hospitals in Macon and Savannah a university press a performing arts center, and an engineering research center in Warner Robins.

Mercer University's sports teams are nicknamed the Bears.

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Mercer University
1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon , GA 31207
General Phone: (478) 301-2700

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Mercer University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management394business, business management, business administration, accounting, international business, MIS, marketing
Education and Teaching320education, educational administration, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, music teaching, reading teaching
Medicine213medicine, pharmacy, pharmaceutics and drug design, public health
Liberal Arts165African-American studies, women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Latin language, English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine121registered nursing, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, various nursing
Family and Social Work107human services, community organization
Religion and Philosophy77philosophy, Christian studies, religious music, ministry, theological and ministerial studies
Engineering76engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Therapy and Counseling62psychology, counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy
Science58biology, biochemistry, chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering45computer and info science courses, information science, computer science, computer and media applications, software engineering
Media41mass communication, journalism, communication and journalism
Security and Law Enforcement39criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, criminology
Music15music, music performance, conducting
Art Studies12art studies
Conservation and Resource Management4environmental science
Medical Administration2health and medical administrative, pharmacy courses

Number of programs and degrees for Mercer University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree96748
Master's degree57324
Post-master's certificate133
Doctor's degree - professional practice3353
Doctor's degree - other71
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship72

Mercer University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Mercer University had a total enrollment of 7,308 students (7,262 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 58%
Graduate 42%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 55%
Black 29%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 13%
20-21 15%
22-24 20%
25-29 19%
30-34 11%
35-39 8%
40-49 10%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)7%
North Carolina1%
South Carolina1%

Mercer University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 80 %
Part-Time 50 %

Mercer University Room and Board (2007)

Mercer University offers campus housing for 1,655 of its 7,262 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Macon, Georgia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Georgia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Mercer University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal530640
SAT Math550650
SAT Writing520630
ACT Verbal2330
ACT Math2328
ACT Composite2329

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT75%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT25%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended

Mercer University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 28,700
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,700
Room and board $ 8,450
Room charge $ 4,100
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,350
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 2,001

Financial Aid:
Mercer University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 158000)

Mercer University Faculty

Mercer University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year13$115,2277$101,730
Associate professorcalendar year4$85,2497$89,762
Assistant professorcalendar year6$73,4069$85,436
All faculty totalcalendar year23$99,10423$91,712

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year57$94,83225$82,845
Associate professoracademic year60$64,91136$63,893
Assistant professoracademic year55$55,35651$60,214
Instructoracademic year3$45,43013$47,887
Lectureracademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year176$71,419126$64,435

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Mercer University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Atlantic Sun Conference
Baseball Atlantic Sun Conference
Track Atlantic Sun Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4166107

Mercer University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Human Services, General

Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other

Medicine (MD)
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Religion And Philosophy
Christian Studies
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Religious/Sacred Music
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Mercer University Apart:

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Top 19%Mercer University % of degrees in family and social work

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
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