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Mercer University Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Mercer University, the regular decision application deadline is July 1 and the fee for the application is $50. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Considering Applying Early to Mercer University?

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

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Mercer University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15. Mercer University accepts about 92% of early action applicants* and 78% all applicants for all deadlines.. Last year, Mercer University admitted 1,72 of the 1,162 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Mercer University

Mercer University is avery difficult school to get into. 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 78% of students, around 4,417 of the 5,651 students who applied.

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.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult. Mercer University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Mercer University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Mercer University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Application Essay Important
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

Mercer University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale) 3.25
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Mercer University?

Students admitted to Mercer University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 61% submitted a class rank. At Mercer University 39% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 66% were in the top 25% and 91% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Mercer University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 61%
3.75 and 3.99 36.2%
3.50 and 3.74 24.5%
3.25 and 3.49 5.2%
3.00 and 3.24 1.2%
2.50 and 2.9 0.8%
2.00 and 2.49 0%
Mercer University does look 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 2021, 50% of Mercer University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 43% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Mercer University?

To be competitive with other Mercer University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1170 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Mercer University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1170, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Mercer University student is 1255.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Mercer University students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Mercer University students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 600 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Mercer University?

To be most competitive at Mercer University, you should strive to earn between 25 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Mercer University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

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

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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?

Students who are admitted to Mercer University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Mercer University accept transfer credits?

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

DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

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

Mercer University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand 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 should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Mercer University's acceptance rate?

Mercer University's acceptance rate is [rate]%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Mercer University?

The early action acceptance rate at Mercer University was 92% in 2021.

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Mercer University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

78%

How hard is it to get into Mercer University? Mercer University is a very selective institution. The Mercer University acceptance rate is 78%. This means that the institution accepts 78 out of every 100 applicants.

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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 ACT Scores

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ACT Range

25 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above

Good

25 to 31

Avg

25 and Less

Low

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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

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Composite SAT Range

1170 - 1330

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Math SAT Range

580 - 670

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Reading SAT Range

600 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1330 and Above

Good

1170 to 1330

Avg

1170 and Less

Low

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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.88

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Mercer University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.88. 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.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

7,409

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

78%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$38,746

Out-of-State

$38,746

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jul 1
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