Diversity

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

Diversity: We don't have much diversity. We mostly have southern, christian, republicans as part of our student body. In the past few years though, Mercer has been working towards changing this and I feel that the diversity is getting better.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our school has a good mix of cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: When I was on the main campus, I saw many different people of diverse backgrounds, which was very refreshing.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Mercer has a Common Ground club for everyone and anyone who is a part of and/or supports the LGBTQ community; there are prayer rooms; there are students from different states and countries; there is a diversity of students with various beliefs and talents.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many travel abroad students. It is a great asset to the mercer community.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Janelle Richardson
Hometown
Seattle, Wash.
Major
English
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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
37%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
3%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
43%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
16%
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
44%
Male Faculty
56%
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 52 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 27% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 19% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 51 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 20% Conservative
  • 39% Moderate
  • 22% Not sure
  • 16% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 52 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 52 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 52 responses

  • 8% 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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