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IPEDS ID: 140447
OPE ID: 00158000
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Mercer University
1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, Georgia 31207
General information:  (478) 301-2700
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Doctor's degree - other
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  8,615 (4,706 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  13 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Athletic Graduation
Mission Statement
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2016Full timePart time
Total faculty504290
Research and public service736
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees$33,780$34,450$35,130$36,0002.5%
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,678$10,898$11,106$11,3151.9%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,678$10,898$11,106$12,1539.4%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
On Campus$48,468$49,393$50,282$51,2932.0%
Off Campus$48,468$49,393$50,282$52,1983.8%
Off Campus with Family$37,790$38,495$39,176$40,0452.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2017-2018
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid1826100%————
Grant or scholarship aid825100%$23,535,851$28,528
Federal grants21726%$1,229,024$5,664
Pell grants21526%$999,406$4,648
Other federal grants10713%$229,618$2,146
State/local government grant or scholarships65079%$3,496,075$5,379
Institutional grants or scholarships824100%$18,810,752$22,829
Student loan aid51863%$4,395,287$8,485
Federal student loans51562%$3,567,484$6,927
Other student loans8310%$827,803$9,974
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid14,26891%$92,072,456$21,573
Pell grants1,59734%$6,887,004$4,312
Federal student loans3,02164%$24,888,581$8,239
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$20,301$20,692$21,268
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2014-20152015-20162016-2017
$0 – $30,000$17,203$17,806$17,503
$30,001 – $48,000$19,055$18,519$18,687
$48,001 – $75,000$20,111$19,843$19,923
$75,001 – $110,000$22,025$22,022$21,904
$110,001 and more$22,805$22,841$23,444
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2016
Total enrollment8,615
Undergraduate enrollment4,706
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment453
Graduate enrollment3,909
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 86%
Part-time: 14%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 38%
Female: 62%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 6%
Black or African American: 30%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 48%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 5%
Non-resident alien: 3%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 68%
25 and over: 32%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 82%
Out-of-state: 16%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2015.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 71%
Part-time: 29%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 7%
Enrolled in some distance education: 13%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 80%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 10%
Enrolled in some distance education: 7%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 83%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2017
Number of applicants4,7491,9912,758
Percent admitted73%75%72%
Percent admitted who enrolled26%27%24%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2017 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing590670
SAT Math580670
ACT Composite2530
ACT English2428
ACT Math2431
  • Auditions are required for students applying to Mercer's Townsend School of Music.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 88%
Part-time students: 59%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Returned in Fall 2016
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 62 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2016.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 64%
Transfer-out rate: 29%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 47%
6-year: 61%
8-year: 63%
[Began in Fall 2011]
4-year: 47%
6-year: 64%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2009 or Fall 2011
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 62%
Female: 66%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 33%
Asian: 77%
Black or African American: 55%
Hispanic/Latino: 54%
White: 67%
Two or more races: 93%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 50%
Non-resident alien: 42%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures provide the 6-year and 8-year award-completion rates after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, subsequently transferred out of the institution, or status unknown. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
Award and enrollment rate:
Received award in 6 years: 63%
Received award in 8 years: 64%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 29%
Received award in 6 years: 71%
Received award in 8 years: 72%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 1%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 20%
Award and enrollment rate:
Received award in 6 years: 17%
Received award in 8 years: 17%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 50%
Received award in 6 years: 38%
Received award in 8 years: 40%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 1%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 35%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies0----
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)0----
Women's Studies2----
Category total2----
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General66----
Biomedical Sciences, General-35---
Environmental Biology0----
Category total8835---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General1----
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other256d---
Business/Commerce, General64132d---
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies2----
Finance, General20----
Human Resources Development18----
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General12----
International Business/Trade/Commerce11---
Management Information Systems, General1----
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other-13---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General24----
Category total190189d---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies4----
Speech Communication and Rhetoric17----
Technical and Scientific Communication6----
Category total30----
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, Other0----
Computer Science3----
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other-5d---
Information Science/Studies10----
Category total315d---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-18--0
Curriculum and Instruction--24--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching4----
Education, General----13d
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-3015-12
Elementary Education and Teaching5789d--15d
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching323---
Music Teacher Education7----
Reading Teacher Education-5---
Secondary Education and Teaching-12---
Category total71177d39-40d
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-6---
Computer Engineering, General-5---
Computer Software Engineering-8d---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-17---
Engineering, General94----
Engineering, Other-10---
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering-1---
Mechanical Engineering-9---
Category total9456d---
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing3----
English Language and Literature, General8----
Category total11----
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0----
French Language and Literature6----
German Language and Literature0----
Latin Language and Literature0----
Spanish Language and Literature13----
Category total19----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Nurse Specialist-0---
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing-27---
International Public Health/International Health19----
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling-38---
Nursing Education-0---
Nursing Practice--1--
Nursing Science--8--
Pharmaceutical Sciences--7--
Physical Therapy/Therapist--37--
Physician Assistant-49---
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies18----
Public Health, General240---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse128d----
Category total167d154325--
History, General7----
Category total7----
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration34d5d---
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies5d----
Homeland Security4d----
Category total43d5d---
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other-0---
Legal Studies, General4----
Category total40124--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies0----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies39----
Category total39----
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General3----
Category total3----
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other010---
Category total010---
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science0----
Environmental Studies0----
Category total0----
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Christian Studies3----
Philosophy, Other3----
Religion/Religious Studies1----
Category total11----
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General4----
Chemistry, Other8----
Physics, General0----
Category total12----
Clinical Psychology-60--
Counseling Psychology-775--
Psychology, General60d----
Category total60d835--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy0----
Human Services, General437---
Category total437---
Social Sciences
Economics, General8----
International Relations and Affairs2----
Political Science and Government, General16----
Social Sciences, General251d-17d-
Category total661d-17d-
Theology and Religious Vocations
Religious/Sacred Music-4---
Category total-449--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General1----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General0----
Graphic Design1----
Keyboard Instruments-0---
Music Performance, General33---
Music, General3----
Category total85---
Grand total9997715021740
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 142
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 62
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $11,027
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $12,114
Full-time students: 82%
Part-time students: 0%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2016-2017 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-FCSMenWomen
Beach Volleyball22
Track and Field, Outdoor26
Track and Field, X-Country1414
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1911 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program3/1/1995 - 12/31/2006Resigned
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1925 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/21/2001 -  Accredited
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels1/18/2005 - 12/7/2012Resigned
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public health10/22/2005 -  Accredited
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree7/1/1982 - 10/1/2013Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1978 - 2/27/2018Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations100
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations100
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape000
Aggravated assault010
Motor vehicle theft149
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201420132012
Default rate4.7%4.4%4.4%
Number in default123118111
Number in repayment2,6142,6652,494
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)