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Mercer University

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In fulfilling this mission, the University supports undergraduate, graduate and professional learning as well as basic research and its application in service to others. As a university committed to excellence and innovation, Mercer challenges members of its community to meet and exceed high standards in their teaching, learning, research, scholarship and service.


Mercer University was founded in 1833 in Penfield by Georgia Baptists. The school, under the leadership of Baptist minister and spiritual father Adiel Sherwood, was named for Jesse Mercer, a prominent Baptist leader and the first chair of the Mercer Board of Trustees.


Mercer is a leader in equipping students with the professional knowledge they need for rewarding and successful vocations. Whether it is preparing undergraduate liberal arts students for advanced study or a career or educating future ministers, performing artists, attorneys, entrepreneurs, engineers, educators, physicians and other health care practitioners through its professional schools and colleges, Mercer offers a comprehensive set of educational options.

By studying the best that has been created and discovered in the sciences, arts and humanities, liberally educated women and men learn to think for themselves and seek excellence.


  • Undergraduate research at Mercer provides students with hands-on experience that complements the breadth of their education. At Mercer, students are given the opportunity to take the lead in top-level research endeavors, which transforms them into scholars who answer tough and relevant questions. 
  • Graduate students at Mercer work closely with highly published, cited and funded faculty. Our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment give students in the fields of science, medicine and technology the skills and experience necessary to thrive in a professional research environment.


Our mission in Career Services is to empower our students and alumni to actively seek and develop satisfying and fulfilling careers by:

  • Providing individual counseling, educational programming and resources designed to assist students and alumni in applying their education and experiences toward advancing career goals;
  • Facilitating and supporting connections among potential employers, students, alumni and Mercer Law School; and 
  • Providing these services in a professional and responsive manner that respects the individual differences and needs of the students and alumni.

Distance Learning Courses

Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Humanities (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Journalism & Media (1)
Medicine & Health (1)

Student services

The Office for Student Success serves the Mercer community by assisting students throughout their education and progression toward graduation, as well as offering programs that support students in reaching their goals.

We assist students with the following:

  • Resolution of Registration Holds
  • Coaching & support developing strategies to reach individual goals
  • Discussion of individual challenges impeding success at Mercer
  • Consideration of transferring to a different institution
  • Connection with the appropriate campus resources to assist with any needs
  • Re-enrollment at Mercer to complete undergraduate degree

Housing services

  • Mercer University Residency Requirement

All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students are required to live on campus.

The Office of Housing & Residence Life is responsible for supporting students while they live in the residence halls at Mercer. Our residence halls are staffed by highly talented and trained Resident Assistants who live on each floor and work diligently to build community and support students.

  • Residence Life - Atlanta
The on-campus University Apartments house students in one, two and four bedroom units. The units contain a kitchen and living area separated by a counter-top bar. The two-bedroom and four-bedroom units have two bathrooms and locks on each bedroom door to provide privacy and security.

Library services

Located in historic downtown Macon, Jack Tarver Library provides services primarily for Mercer University’s Macon campus. As part of a University-wide initiative, the Library supports research at all levels. The Valerie B. Edmonds Student Research Award encourages and recognizes outstanding undergraduate research for projects incorporating the Library’s resources.

ICT services

The mission of Mercer University Information Technology is to support, develop, and maintain Mercer University's Information Technology environment in support of University endeavors and to provide leadership in the application of information technology and computer support.

Medical services

Student Health is designed to provide quality health care and treatments for enrolled students who are actively attending classes at the university. Services include, but are not limited to, treatment of acute minor illnesses, injuries, providing medication/prescriptions as indicated, and issuing referrals when needed. 

  • We have clinics on the Macon and Atlanta campuses.

Campus life

Mercer University offers programs on three major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah, and at three Regional Academic Centers in suburban Atlanta. In addition, the University operates the Mercer Engineering Research Center in Warner Robins.

  • Macon Campus
  • Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus, Atlanta
  • Savannah Campus
  • Regional Academic Centers
  • Henry County Regional Academic Center
  • Newnan Regional Academic Center
  • Mercer Engineering Research Center
The Office of Campus Life and Student Involvement provides services, leadership development resources, and recognition programs for Mercer’s nearly 140 student organizations.

Sports facilities

We have everything you need to reach your fitness goals, from weight rooms to aerobic rooms, swimming pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, and more.

  • Macon: Mercer's traditional undergraduate campus in Macon utilizes the University Center, Plunkett Pool, and the Leroy Peddy Tennis Courts for recreation and wellness.
  • Atlanta: Recreational Sports and Wellness on Mercer's graduate and professional campus in Atlanta is based in Sheffield Gym, which offers a multitude of ways for you to stay active and healthy.

Student clubs

  • Enhance your educational experience by participating in cultural, educational, and social programming, leadership development, and student organizations.
  • We flourish in an environment that encourages spirited exchange of ideas and helps us look at the world in new ways.
  • We encourage being a leader on campus and in life through a wide range of 140+ student clubs and organizations.
  • Immerse yourself in student life on Mercer’s traditional undergraduate campus in Macon. Devote your time to meaningful causes close to your heart. Test your skills at an intramural sport or artistic endeavor. Discover a passion you didn't even know you had. Or try a little bit of everything.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Mercer Again a Top Institution in U.S. News & World Report Rankings
  • Mercer Among Princeton Review's Best Colleges for 13th Consecutive Year
  • Mercer Receives Carnegie Foundation's 2015 Community Engagement Classification
  • Mercer Named to 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  • Mercer Named Among The Princeton Review's Best Colleges for 12th Consecutive Year

Macon, Georgia, United States

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