Mercer University is a private institution that was founded in 1833. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,531, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 150 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Mercer University’s ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 8.

Mercer has major campuses in Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah, regional academic centers in Henry County, Douglas County, Eastman, and Newnan, teaching hospitals in Macon and Savannah, a university press and a performing arts center in Macon, and the Mercer Engineering Research Center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia with a NCAA Division I athletic program.


The most popular majors at Mercer University include: Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Engineering; and Social Sciences.

Mercer has over 100 undergraduate student organizations that provide learning experiences outside the classroom. Students may choose from academic, pre-professional, religious, special-interest, and social organizations including a campus newspaper, a student-operated internet radio station, and 18 Greek organizations.

Mercer’s Computer Science Programming Team, the “Binary Bears,” earned an Honorable Mention in the 2007 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) World Finals Programming Competition held in Tokyo, Japan. Mercer was one of 88 teams out of more than 6,000 teams from 75 countries that advanced to the championship round; the team qualified for Mercer’s first appearance in the event after finishing second in the Southeast regional competition.

The university fields varsity teams, known as the Bears, in six men’s, seven women’s, and one co-educational sport. Men’s teams include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women’s teams include basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Air-rifle is co-educational. Mercer teams have won 15 Atlantic Sun Conference championships (as of November 2010): four baseball, three men’s basketball, two women’s basketball, five men’s soccer, and one women’s soccer. The most recent championship was the one in women’s soccer achieved in November 2010.

At Mercer University, 70.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,558.

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