Location: Mercer's traditional undergraduate campus is located in historic Macon, Georgia - a welcoming community of small-town values, with big city amenities, just one hour south of Atlanta. Macon is the cultural, educational and medical hub of central Georgia.
Funding: Private University
Size: Approximately 2,500+ traditional undergraduates attend Mercer on the Macon campus.
Percent Women: About 57% of the Mercer population are women.
Tuition (one year): Tuition including room and board is approximately $44,201 per year
Number of Majors to Choose From 60 (and you can always create your own major)
Most Popular Majors: Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Social Sciences; and Psychology
Greek Life: Greek Life at Mercer is established on principles of scholarship, community service, leadership, and lifelong friendships. Nearly 30% of Mercer's undergraduate students are members of Mercer's Greek system's seven sororities and ten fraternities. Recruitment is held each fall and is open to all Mercer students, new and returning.
Acceptance Rate: Fall 2012 acceptance rate was 63.1%
We have over 140 student organizations on campus.
Why Choose Mercer?
“I chose Mercer because it was one of the best schools for the major I wanted to go into, because of the small class sizes, and people care about each other, which means a lot.”
"I chose Mercer, because the moment I stepped onto campus, I knew I was home."
"Mercer was the best choice for my family and for me. It wasn't too far from home, and it had everything I wanted: great academics and wonderful people. "
“Extra-curricular/activities and approachable, friendly, and insightful professors are all great features about Mercer.”
“Notable events would be BearStock, a spring concert headlining acts such as 3OH!3, Roscoe Dash, and Krewella, which is great because it involves the Macon community as well as the Mercer community. Bear Fair helps freshman get acclimated to the campus and meet new people. Bear Day is great because you get to see the demonstration of what the students learn in the classroom to apply in the academic sphere and the real world”
"Mercer has been expanding rapidly. In just two years, we have a brand new quad that we call Cruz Plaza, and several new building. We are still growing, and it is beautiful."
"Mercer has a couple of different options for dining, but when it comes to late night snacking, you cannot just walk somewhere to get food. So Mercer and Macon need to work together to get a restaurant where people can go if they don't have cars for late night snacking."
"There are more incoming students mainly because of football. Now many uppperclassmen can't find housing and have to live off campus even if they weren't planning on it. With this issue, parking is now also difficult to find, especially if you live off campus because you are only allowed to park in certain areas and are most likely not going to be able to find a spot."
"Our resident halls aren't the worst, but some of them are really old. It is almost like a right of passage to live in the older halls and then move up to the nicer ones."
"Football days are really great and a ton of fun, but they are also really frustrating. We have to move all of our cars so that the guests have places to park. If its a game day weekend, I never leave after Thursday so that I don't lose my parking."
New Collegiette on Campus
"It is fun being on a new campus with new people and new things. It’s fun to be here at Mercer.”
“It is easy to get to know upper classmen from classes and walking around campus just saying hi.”
“[Freshmen orientation] made [the freshmen] feel at home and make them acclimated to Mercer. Basically, freshmen can plug into where they want to go, what best fits them, and where they can succeed.”
"Mercer was founded in 1883, so we have a lot of traditions. Freshmen have the opportunity to explore all of these new tradition with their O-group. Some of these traditions include Pilgrimage to Penefield, Climbing the Tower, and Founder's Day."
All About Academics
“Science and business are the most popular majors at Mercer. The pre-medical track is also popular choice among students.”
“When you become an upperclassmen, it is easier to get into the classes you need, but it is difficult to get into gen ed classes.”
“People spend a lot of time in different places including our local coffee shop, Jittery Joes, our University Center, the library, and Bear Necessities (school's mini-convenience store), and some residence hall lounges. Basically, any quiet spot on campus is where people study.”
"The Center for Collaborative Journalism is the newest academic building on campus, and all of the journalism and media classes are there. It is a growing major, and a lot of people seem to enjoy the classes. Jay Black is probably the most popular professor in the department."
Learn from the Best
"Dr. David Davis is a great professor because he is honest and he doesn’t care if you like what he says. He is very approachable and he is a good conversationalist. He is a tough grader but fair. You have to do your best in the class if you want to succeed. Outside of classes he is involved in what he teaches (southern history and black history in the south)”
“Literary theory and criticism, I really liked the Great Books track. Intermediate creative writing with Dr. Mitcham.”
“In English classes yes, people do go to office hours because you need to discuss and shoot around ideas with the professors."
Interests and Involvement
“Freshmen and sophomores feel like they need to be well-rounded and meet people according to their majors and their interests. Once you become an upperclassmen, you tend to focus on your classes and become less involved in extra-curriculars.”
“Greek Life, SGA, anything honorary or service-related are some of the most popular clubs on campus.”
“Having a leadership role and being able to express my creativity is something I have enjoyed about being involved in clubs and organizations. They also allowed me to change majors because after I worked with fund raisers and sales, I realized Marketing was my true passion.”
“Our basketball team has always been well-known. We broke the brackets when we competed against Duke University. Our football team is only two years old, but we have won every home game and received an award from the NCAA.”
"Our baseball team is in the top 25 in the nation”
"Our school shows support like no other. Over 500 students went to the NCAA men's basketball tournament. A TON of fans from the other schools told us that we had the best school spirit they had ever seen."
"We have so much school spirit that we have an organization, Mercer Maniacs, to lead us with ideas, chants, and props for games."
“Our athletic culture has a strong relationship that builds our team and makes them better.”
“I think it is very empowering being a woman on campus. The WGS (Women’s and Gender Studies) major/minor offers a great educational experience about women’s history, gender equality, and relevant issues faced by women and the LGBT community today. Mercer’s Common Ground, an LGBT alliance group, allows for LGBT students and allies to come together and have discussions about relevant issues and current events. There are more women than men on campus, though, as a woman, I don’t necessarily notice this outright. Mercer definitely has opportunities to create sisterhood between female students and encourage equality between genders.”
Food & Drink
"Mercer Village is a small hub of restaurants and shops right off campus where students go to study, dine, and tan! Margaritas is a favorite for many students, and they have great deals."
"Francar's has really good chicken fingers and they come to games to sell food too. They have so many flavors and levels of spiciness to flavor their wings."
"The Mercer University's cafeteria offers a variety of food stations from the grill to a sandwich section to a homemade foods area. There are certain times of the year that the food is better than usual, and the cafeteria is where many students congregate to hang out."
"The Food Court in the University Center offers a Chik-fil-A, a Subway, and Burger Studio in addition to other snacks."
"Every year, SGA hosts an event called "Taste of Macon". Local restaurants come through and we get samples of everything. It is a great way to learn about all the awesome resturants!"
"Macon has some really great restaurants. The Rookery has the best burgers in Georgia!"
"Many of our sports games are on the weekends. The men's basketball team made it to the 3rd round of the NCAA, but we love to show off our Mercer spirit no matter where we are or what sport we're watching."
"People mostly watch/play sports, go clubbing, and if there is an event hosted by QuadWorks, or another big organization, people will go to that. BearStock is a big concert that QuadWorks hosts every year for us and it's awesome!"
"On the weekends you can go clubbing downtown, do hookah or get a tattoo. Only alternative is going to a movie (if you have a car) or the mall. It is not easy to get around if you do not have a car. The trolley only goes downtown."
"The trolley runs on the weekends from around 7 pm until 3 am. I think it also makes a trip to Kroger on one night a week."
"Some of the on-campus housing areas are nice like Mercer Hall where you can have your own room and share a bathroom with another person, while sharing a living room with a couple of suitemates too. Also the Garden Apartments near the UC are nice. They are just like Mercer Hall, but with a kitchen too. The one inconvenience about living on campus is that you have to pay for your laundry."
"Most upperclassmen live in The Lofts near campus. It is really nice because you have your own room and bathroom. You share a kitchen, living room, and a laundry closet with three other people. These are nice and right off campus, but they are more expensive."
"The Residence Hall Association plans campus-wide events every year where students can enjoy themselves. Some events I enjoy are Humans vs. Zombies, Plunkett Pool Battleship, and door-decorating competitions."
"The freshmen halls are kind of small, but not all of them have community-style bathrooms! All of the freshmen residence halls are near the cafeteria, most likely because the freshmen have to have an unlimited meal plan there."
"We have some really amazing RA's. They all care a lot and they make sure we always have something to do."
"One thing that many people do not know about Macon is that our city is the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. We have an annual 10-day celebration with many events from a fair to camel rides to a high heel run for Breast Cancer Awareness."
"There is a decent amount of restaurants, hookah bars, tattoo parlors, and clubs in Macon; however, the treasures of Macon are little hole-in-the-wall shops."
"Macon is a decent city depending on where you are. There are sketchy parts and beautiful areas. The parks are cool and every second Sunday, one of the parks hosts musicians to play to people."
"There is a rich music heritage in Macon, GA. The Allman Brothers, Otis Redding, Jason Aldean, Little Richard, and Young Jeezy are all from Macon. They are from different genres, so if you have an acclination to a certain genre, don't fret!"
"One of my favorite places to go is the Ocmulgee National Monument. This place is full of history from the Ocmulgee tribes who first settled in Macon. Another place I like to go is the Museum of Arts and Sciences, this museum holds one of five planetariums in the world. Finally, for food, there is an amazing Fresh Market store on Vineville."
"Mercer has taken the initiative to broaden the music scene in Macon. We've had some really great people, like Ben Rector, come through. We also have awesome concerts, called Corner Concerts, at weird locations. The last one was on top of a parking deck." http://www.cornerconcerts.com/
HC's Complete College Guide: Mercer University
Do you have a way with words? Apply to write for Her Campus!