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Colleges / Mercer University

Mercer University

Macon, GA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate75%
Acceptance Rate75%

Mercer University Admissions

If you want to apply to Mercer University, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is July 1 and the application fee costs $50.

Mercer University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Mercer University's admissions stats.

Mercer University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 41%
Mean SAT Score 1302
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 17%
Waitlist Yes

Mercer University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Mercer University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 15 January 15
Regular Decision Yes July 1 ––

Applying Early to Mercer University?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Mercer University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Mercer University accepts around 81% of early action applicants and 75% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Mercer University admitted 3,575 of the 4,429 who applied early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Mercer University Admissions

How To Get Into Mercer University

It is very difficult to get into Mercer University. Mercer University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Mercer University accepted 75% of all applicants, about 5,430 from 7,201 applicants.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Mercer University, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to Mercer University

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Mercer University

In 2022, Mercer University waitlisted 327 students and 327 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 44 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does Mercer University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Mercer University

What does Mercer University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Mercer University for more information on admission factors.

Mercer University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Mercer University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Mercer University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.35

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Mercer University?

Students admitted to Mercer University have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 47% submitted a class rank. At Mercer University 41% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 75% were in the top 25% and 95% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Mercer University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 34.8%
3.75 and 3.99 38.5%
3.50 and 3.74 20.5%
3.25 and 3.49 4.7%
3.00 and 3.24 1.1%
2.50 and 2.9 0.4%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Mercer University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Mercer University looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 26% of Mercer University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Mercer University?

To be competitive with other Mercer University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1240 and 1370 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Mercer University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1370 and 25% of scored lower than 1240, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Mercer University student is 1302.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Mercer University students scored 700 or higher and 75% of students scored 625 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Mercer University students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 625 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Mercer University?

To be most competitive at Mercer University, you should strive to earn between 28 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Mercer University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Mercer University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Mercer University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Mercer University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Mercer University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Mercer University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Mercer University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Mercer University.

Does Mercer University accept transfer credits?

✅ Mercer University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Mercer University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Mercer University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Mercer University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Mercer University?

❌ No, Mercer University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Mercer University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Mercer University is 75%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Mercer University?

❌ Mercer University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Mercer University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Mercer University was 81% in 2021.

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Mercer University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Mercer University? Mercer University is a very selective institution. The Mercer University acceptance rate is 75%. This means that the institution accepts 75 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Mercer University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1240 - 1370


Math SAT Range

595 - 700


Reading SAT Range

625 - 700

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1370 and Above


1240 to 1370


1240 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Mercer University students is 1302. Applicants with SAT scores of 1370 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Mercer University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1240 to 1370 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1240 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Mercer University.

Mercer University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Mercer University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.98. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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