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Mercer University

Macon, Georgia, United States
Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning, offering rigorous programs that span the undergraduate liberal arts to doctoral level degrees. Founded by early 19th century Baptists, Mercer — while no longer formally denominationally affiliated — remains committed to an educational environment that embraces the historic Baptist principles of intellectual and religious freedom, while affirming values that arise from a Judeo-Christian understanding of the world.

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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 University’s reputation is built on its rigorous academic programs, outstanding faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities. Yet, tradition plays an important role in the University’s unique identity as a faith-based institution committed to religious and intellectual freedom and respect for religious diversity. 

Students across Mercer’s 12 schools and colleges benefit from a welcoming atmosphere and small-class learning environment. They learn from a prestigious, yet caring, faculty — not from teaching assistants, as found at many universities. 

Mercer’s faculty members, whose credentials come from some of the world’s finest academic institutions, are distinguished for both teaching and research.


The mission of Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) is "to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia.

One important dimension of that mission is the research and scholarship of the faculty on whom fulfillment of that mission depends.

The School has modern research facilities in the form of both individual labs and communal labs divided into individual bays. In that way, researchers share facilities, equipment, and services.


The Office of Career Services helps undergraduate students, graduate students, employers, faculty and alumni through its offices located on the Macon and Atlanta campuses. The colleges/schools served by the location are listed as well to help you select the correct location.

  • Macon Campus and Eastman Center:College of Liberal Arts
  • Tift College of Education
  • Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics
  • School of Engineering
  • Townsend School of Music
Atlanta Campus, Savannah Campus, Henry County Center, and Douglas County Center:
  • Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics
  • Penfield College
  • Tift College of Education
  • Georgia Baptist School of Nursing
  • McAfee School of Theology
  • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


Student services

The International Programs Office initiates, processes, and issues documents necessary for international students to enter, transfer and continue their studies at Mercer University. This office is staffed with an immigration specialist who is knowledgeable in the up?to?date laws and regulations that affect the international student.

International students who have questions or concerns are welcome to visit the International Programs Office anytime during their educational career at Mercer University. This office works closely with all departments of the University to ensure that international students’ needs are met and that they are compliant with immigration requirements.

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

  • The Jack Tarver Library in Macon serves primarily undergraduates
  • The Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library in Atlanta
  • The Medical Library and Peyton T. Anderson Learning Resources Center
  • The Furman Smith Law Library, located in the Walter F. George School of Law on Georgia Avenue
  • Douglas County
  • Henry County
  • Newnan
  • American Baptist Historical Society Archives

ICT services

Mercer IT maintains wired and wireless network systems which allow students to connect to the Internet on all campuses. Many areas (including dorm rooms) are equipped with data ports that allow students to connect to the Internet via an Ethernet cable (available for purchase from Auxiliary Services). The University also provides campus wide wireless network access.

Medical services

Student Health is designed to provide limited health care and treatments for enrolled students who are actively attending classes at the university.

Services include, but are not limited to, treatment of minor illnesses, accidents, providing medication as indicated, and issuing referrals as requested. There is no cost to student for the clinic visit.

Student Life

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

The University Center at Mercer University:

  • Hawkins Arena and Athletic Areas
  • Heritage Hall
  • Indoor and patio seating for 240
  • Food Court, including Chick-fil-A, Subway, Burger Studio and Grab-N-Go
  • President's Dining Room, equipped with projector, screen and sound system
  • Aerobics room
  • Sky-lit, tree-lined Street, with cafe-style seating and Internet accessibility
  • Griffin B. Bell Trustees' Board Room, with U-shaped conference table
  • Weight and exercise room, equipped with Life Fitness equipment and six televisions
  • Three intramural basketball/volleyball courts with Connor maple hardwood floors
  • A 75-foot, six-lane indoor lap pool, with handicap lift
  • Plunkett Pool
  • University Center Pool
  • Leroy Peddy Tennis Courts

Student clubs

Student life on Mercer's campuses offers opportunities for students to get involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities. With over 125 student organizations to choose from, there are many ways to get involved at Mercer.


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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