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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Mercer is not that diverse.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: i have met so many international students from all over the world.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: I am a Korean and there are not much Asians in this school, but that does not make things harder for me! People are really nice and friendly here. It seems to me that there are more girls than guys at Mercer, but.. what's so bad about that?

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are a few pockets of discrimination, but few

3 College Freshman

Diversity: For the most part there are a lot of African-Americans.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Janelle Richardson
Seattle, Wash.
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Mercer is not the most diverse school you will encounter, especially considering its small-town feel and location in central Georgia. But, the University’s diversity has slowly been increasing in recent years, and there are many different ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds within the student body. However, most students tend to come from middle- or upper-class families and a majority of Mercerians are native Georgians with a religious background of the Protestant variety.

Regardless, the lack of diversity is counterbalanced by a general tolerance for people of all types. Mercer’s small population creates a difficult environment for intolerance because everyone knows everyone. Open bigotry or prejudice would hardly be overlooked in such a close-knit environment. Students from other areas of the country and international students make up a small percentage of the student body, but fortunately Mercerians are generally friendly, as befits a Southern school of a small size. What Mercer doesn’t have in diversity, the University makes up for with a welcoming environment for all.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 15%
20-21: 17%
22-24: 20%
25+: 48%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 10%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Mercer currently has a gay-straight alliance discussion forum called the Mercer Triangle Symposium, which was somewhat controversial when it formed a few years ago. There is not a huge or visible gay pride movement on campus, but there is really no hostility toward the group to speak of.
Political Activity
There are political clubs and a wide variety of differing opinions on campus, but political activity is not normally very visible.
Economic Status
The majority of students at Mercer receive scholarship money or aid of some kind, despite varying economic backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
Baptists are the most visible religious group on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs on campus are fairly active on campus, often partaking in community service projects, fundraisers, and the like.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 48 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 25% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 19% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 48 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 21% Conservative
  • 35% Moderate
  • 23% Not sure
  • 17% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 47 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 47 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 48 responses

  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 8% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 23% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 62% Very accepting.
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