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1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 31207
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Mercer University

Mercer University Rating: 3.5/5 (30 votes)

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Academics

Established in 1871, Mercer University – Macon is one of Mercer university’s three main campuses. The university was founded in 1833 by early 19th century Baptists, but it is not formally affiliated with the Baptist denomination anymore. However, part of its mission is to affirm Judeo-Christian values while emphasizing research, leadership, and service. The university also offers interdisciplinary hands-on programs of study. The university is is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Mercer University’s historic Macon campus houses the School of Medicine, the Stetson School of Business and Economics, the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Engineering, the Tift College of Education and the Townsend School of Music. There are also programs for working adults that are offered through the College of Continuing and Professional Studies and the Walter F. George School of Law is located just one mile away. The Macon campus has a teach hospital, a university press, and a performing arts center. Online classes are offered during the summer. The best places to study at Mercer University are the Connell Student Center lounge, the Jack Tarver Library, and Jittery Joe’s Coffee in Mercer Village, which offers extended hours during exam periods.

The university offers small class sizes; the student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1, and nearly 57 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students. Mercer University is consistently ranked among the country’s best schools by publications that include U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review. The Princeton Review named Mercer as a “Best Value” school for its excellent academics and “relatively low costs of attendance,” and U.S. News & World Report listed Mercer on its list of “Great Schools, Great Prices.”

Mercer is the only college in Georgia to be distinguished by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its Community Engagement Classification. The University also was one of the few universities in the country to be recognized in for distinguished community service on the first President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

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Admissions

Students who wish to apply to Mercer University – Macon, must complete the online or print application form. There is a nonrefundable application fee to apply to this college. Each applicant must also submit an official high school transcript or GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report, and any AP or college credit transcripts (where applicable). Letters of recommendation are required. Certain programs also have additional requirements. Prospective students should contact the school for specific deadline dates.

Adult students, non-degree seeking students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements. Useful statistics and dates are listed on the college’s website. This university is more selective, with an acceptance rate of approximately 62 percent.

Financial Aid

Nearly 100% of the students at Mercer University – Macon receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. Most of the students who applied for financial aid were awarded need-based financial assistance. The average total need-based award package is about $31,000. Forms of aid that are available for students at Mercer University – Macon include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The college also offers a number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. The deadline is April 1, but students are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents.

Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students should also note that financial aid applications must be renewed each year. Mercer University – Macon also offers a deferred payment plan to help students pay any tuition charges that are not covered by financial aid.

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Students

At Mercer University, there are more than 100 clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. Greek life is also a significant part of life at Mercer. There are 18 Greek organizations. Students can check the college’s website for a complete list of clubs and events.

Roughly seventy percent of Mercer students live on-campus in one of the university’s residence halls. The University Center is a multifunctional building that has a food court, a gym, a swimming pool, basketball courts, and an arena. Students can also visit the Academic Resource Center, which offers two computer labs and tutoring services. The best places to study at Mercer University are the Connell Student Center lounge, the Jack Tarver Library and its 24-hour study rooms, and Jittery Joe’s Coffee in Mercer Village, which offers extended hours during exam periods.

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Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

A member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, Mercer University competes at the NCAA Division I level. Known as the Bears, the university’s varsity teams compete in six men’s, seven women’s, and one co-educational sport. The school’s colors are orange and black, and its mascot is Toby the Bear. Men’s sports include golf, basketball, baseball, cross-country, soccer, and tennis. Women’s teams include soccer, cross-country, basketball, tennis, golf, softball, and volleyball. Air-rifle is co-educational.

Alumni

  • J. Buford Boone, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper writer
  • John Couric, former United Press International editor and journalism professor; father of Katie Couric
  • Leila Denmark, renowned pediatrician who continued to practice medicine past her 100th birthday
  • Nancy Grace, host of the popular Nancy Grace legal analysis program on Headline News
  • Griffin B. Bell, Judge, United States Court of Appeals
  • Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice
  • Charles “Jack” Pritchard, United States Ambassador and Special Envoy for Negotiations to North Korea
  • Richard E. Hawes, Rear Admiral of the U.S. Navy
  • John Birch, missionary and spy in China during the second world war

Bibliography

  • Ashwood, Colin. Mercer University: Off the Record. Pittsburgh: College Prowler, 2011.
  • “Mercer University.” Education. U.S. News & World Report, 2011. Web. 23 May 2011.
  • Mercer University. Mercer University. 2011. Web. 23 May 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 8th in Georgia and 315th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Georgia and 152nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 274 0.30
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 13 0.01
Forcible Rape 33 0.04
Robbery 246 0.27
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,154 2.33
Larceny 5,104 5.51
Vehicle theft 549 0.59

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1302

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 316th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $32,820 $32,820 $32,820
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $300 $300 $300
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,094 $1,094 $1,094
FT Graduate Tuition $13,474 $13,474 $13,474
FT Graduate Required Fees $300 $300 $300
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $754 $754 $754
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $48,212 $48,212 $48,212
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $48,212 $48,212 $48,212
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $37,131 $37,131 $37,131

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $42,700 $42,700
Medical Degree — Required Fees $300 $300
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $32,416 $32,416
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $300 $300
Law Degree — Tuition $36,960 $36,960
Law Degree — Required Fees $300 $300

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $31,548 $32,466 $31,548 $32,466 $31,548 $32,466
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,408 $10,697
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,651 $2,670
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,408 $10,697
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,651 $2,670
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,651 $2,670

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,864 (1,539 male / 2,325 female)
Admitted 2,666 (1,137 male / 1,529 female)
Admission rate 69%
First-time Enrollment 728 (343 male / 385 female)
FT Enrollment 727 (343 male / 384 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (N/A male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment8,351

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pioneer Football League
NCAA Basketball Conference Atlantic Sun Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Atlantic Sun Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Atlantic Sun Conference

ACT Test Admission

257th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 38%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 29
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

SAT Test Admission

257th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 61%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 630
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 640
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1080 / 1270

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,828
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$5,330
Board Fee$5,751

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 50 603 48 64 7 921 154 1,863
Accounting 9 5 5 3 28 11 61
African-American/Black Studies 1 1
Anthropology 1 1 2
Art/Art Studies, General 5 1 6
Biochemistry 1 6 2 4 7 22
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 2 1 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 7 1 5 20 1 37
Biomedical Sciences, General 7 1 4 5 1 18
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 2 1 9 2 14
Business/Commerce, General 13 66 7 14 121 43 266
Chemistry, General 1 1 1 10 13
Christian Studies 1 4 5
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 1 1 2
Community Organization and Advocacy 1 3 4
Computer Engineering, General 1 1 4 5 11
Computer Science 2 2
Computer Software Engineering 1 1 8 10
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other 2 3 5
Conducting 1 1
Counseling Psychology 24 2 21 5 52
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 14 9 3 26
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 6 2 8
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 27 1 22 5 57
Criminology 3 3
Divinity/Ministry 1 22 1 31 55
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 2 3
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 12 2 14
Economics, General 1 1 3 5
Education, General 17 1 17 1 36
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 10 14 1 25
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 6 8 14
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 69 6 5 1 126 8 220
Engineering, General 3 8 1 2 32 4 51
Engineering, Other 1 5 5 11
English Language and Literature, General 1 2 15 18
Environmental Biology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 1 5 1 7
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 8 1 1 8 19
Finance, General 3 1 4
French Language and Literature 1 2 3
General Studies 15 1 5 1 22
German Language and Literature
History, General 1 1 2 3 7
Human Resources Development 17 3 20
Human Services, General 1 62 1 8 4 76
Information Science/Studies 3 1 5 9
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 5 5 1 13
International Public Health/International Health 1 2 1 4
International Relations and Affairs 1 2 2 5
Journalism 2 1 3 1 7
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 41 2 1 26 5 75
Keyboard Instruments
Latin Language and Literature 1 1
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other 7 7
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 9 8 2 20
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 3
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 18 2 1 25 46
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 3
Mathematics, General 1 5 6
Mechanical Engineering 5 3 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 15 2 1 14 1 33
Music Performance, General 1 1 8 10
Music Teacher Education 1 1
Music, General 2 2
Nurse Anesthetist 1 1 16 18
Nursing Education 2 3 5
Philosophy 1 1 2 4
Philosophy, Other 1 1
Physician Assistant 2 4 34 1 42
Political Science and Government, General 1 2 11 14
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 1 2 4 7
Psychology, General 1 12 2 36 52
Public Health, General 2 17 1 1 5 1 27
Reading Teacher Education 4 7 11
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 25 6 4 74 6 119
Religious/Sacred Music 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 15 19 3 37
Social Sciences, General
Sociology 1 3 5
Spanish Language and Literature 4 1 1 5 11
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 4 1 6 12
Women's Studies 4 4

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 957th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $75,494 ($77,586 male / $67,851 female)
Number of FT Faculty 408 (214 male / 194 female)
Number of PT Faculty 712
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $15,634,592

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