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Location
Macon, GA
Undergrads
3,677
Tuition
$32,466
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Academics: there are a lot of study areas and a very challenging yet manageable workload

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I am a nursing major and it's great because they allow students to go to the Atlanta Campus if we maintain a certain GPA! It is less work having to reapply for graduate schools

5 College Freshman

Academics: Dr. Bokros, my pre-nursing advisor is fantastic and the faculty really care about your success.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Most of the professors seem to understand that if you weren't there, they wouldn't be paid: thus they help you learn as you can.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes sizes are so small it's like being in the front of the class even when you're not. The professors are very helpful and will always answer any questions you may have. I haven't really taken any major specific classes yet because I am a freshman, but that is what I know so far.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 126th
    Smartest Professors
  • 329th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 372nd
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 379th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 465th
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Janelle Richardson
Hometown
Seattle, Wash.
Major
English
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Mercer is often called the “Ivy League school of the South,” and this nickname is wholly justified. The University’s academics are undeniably rigorous—its engineering and music programs seem to be more celebrated than its other schools, but all of Mercer’s departments hold the same high standards for their students. Even though the professors give out demanding workloads, they are highly accessible to their students. Many students have the same professors multiple times in their undergraduate careers, so professors and students often get to know each other on a personal level (some are even Facebook friends with their students). These close-knit relationships create a comfortable and non-intimidating academic environment, which balances nicely with the often challenging coursework.

Many professors factor attendance and participation into their grades, so it’s important to take these things very seriously. The small classes make it nearly impossible for an unaccounted absence to be overlooked by a professor. Writing papers is also nearly inescapable—Mercer requires all freshmen to take a Freshman Year Seminar course, which usually includes reading and writing composition to help prepare students for their future coursework. Advising occurs once every semester. If your adviser is from another department, it is sometimes prudent to take the extra steps necessary to switch to an adviser who is in your major’s department.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
378
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
218
Total FT Faculty
510
Faculty with Terminal Degree
90%
Average Faculty Salary
$70,920
Full-Time Retention Rate
82%
Part-Time Retention Rate
54%
Graduation Rate
63%
Programs/Majors Offered
88
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 62%
  • 20 to 49 students: 36%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics
  • Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
  • School of Engineering
  • Tift College of Education
  • Townsend School of Music
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 5%
  • Elementary Education: 7%
  • Law: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Other: Religion
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Online classes at Mercer are currently far and few between. They are usually offered in the summer, but the range of course subjects is quite limited. They are all taught by Mercer faculty members and conducted through Mercer's course management system, Blackboard. Generally, online classes are worth three credit hours, as are most regular Mercer courses.
Best Places to Study
  • Connell Student Center lounge area-lots of couches and tables
  • Jack Tarver Library, especially its private study rooms
  • Jittery Joe's Coffee in Mercer Village-late-night hours during exam periods
Tips to Succeed
  • Be willing to make sacrifices. Time management is essential and sometimes you have to cut less important things in favor of academics.
  • Find an academic mentor to talk to. Guidance is always helpful. Let them know you appreciate their time.
  • Keep a positive frame of mind. Be optimistic. Bombing a test or getting a low grade on a paper is not the end of the world - now you have a reason to seek help and get better.
  • Prioritize. Mercer has a lot to offer, but none of it will benefit you without putting its rigorous academics first and foremost. Put as much effort in as you plan to get out.
  • Surround yourself with people who have a positive influence.
  • Take advantage of opportunities, organizations, and social networking. Get out of your shell and get involved.
  • Take care of yourself. Get as much sleep as possible. Health is usually low on a list of priorities, but stress makes you more susceptible to illness, which in turn will effect all areas of your life. Vitamins, salads, and water is always a good choice.

Student Polls

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

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  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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