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About Mercer University

Mercer University is a private, religious school in an urban setting in Macon, Georgia. Mercer University was founded in 1833 and now enrolls around 7,409 students a year, including 3,314 undergrads.

Mercer University offers housing for up to 2,839 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

Mercer University employs one full-time professor for every 14 undergrads enrolled.

2021 Mercer University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 92%
Average GPA 3.9
Mean ACT score 28
Mean SAT score 1255
Tuition $38,446

2022 Mercer University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at Mercer University

Mercer University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

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The deadline to apply early to Mercer University is on November 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Mercer University admits 92% of students that apply early action.

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Mercer University Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into Mercer University. In 2021, Mercer University accepted 78% of applicants. Last year, 5,651 students applied to Mercer University and 4,417 were admitted.

Mercer University Waitlist

Mercer University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Mercer University?

Mercer University is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Mercer University, applicants must submit the following items.

Mercer University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0.25
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Mercer University

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.9 /4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1255 on the SAT. The mean ACT score for Mercer University students is 28.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Mercer University.

Does Mercer University Require the ACT or SAT?

Mercer University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 50% submitted the SAT. 43% submitted the ACT.

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Does Mercer University Have On-Campus Housing?

Yes! Mercer University provides on-campus housing for up to 2,839 students.

Mercer Madness, Homecoming, and and Bearstock are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Mercer University.

Financial Aid at Mercer University

Mercer University meets 83.8% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $35,671 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Mercer University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Mercer University

About 87% of students who start at Mercer University return for their second year of college. Out of the 804 students who started at Mercer University as first-time freshman, 498 graduate within four years.

Mercer University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 73%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Mercer University Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $31,769 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Mercer University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Mercer University a good school for you?

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Where is Mercer University Located?

Mercer University is located in the urban setting of Macon, Georgia.

If you want to see Mercer University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 75 to Macon, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International.

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College Info

1501 Mercer University Drive Macon, GA 31207

Campus Setting: Urban

Mercer University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Mercer University is Jul 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Mercer University is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Mercer University ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Mercer University is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Mercer University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Mercer University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1170 - 1330


Math SAT Range

580 - 670


Reading SAT Range

600 - 670

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1330 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Mercer University students is 1255. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Mercer University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1170 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1170 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Mercer University.

Mercer University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Mercer University is like? There are approximately 7,409 students enrolled at Mercer University, including 3,314 undergraduate students and 4,095 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 85% percent are from GA and 15% percent of students are from other states.


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