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

Facilities: There are many student activities and facilities available.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Professors really care about and take an interest in their students.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Besides the freshman dorms, we have really nice facilities.

5 College Junior

Facilities: We have really unique programs for each major such as fifth years masters programs for business and engineering, and guaranteed acceptance programs for all health fields and law fields.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Mercer is changing campus. New buildings are constantly being built.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 307th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 585th
    Best Library
  • 674th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1220th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1345th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Janelle Richardson
Hometown
Seattle, Wash.
Major
English
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The facilities on Mercer’s campus are generally very well-maintained. Some buildings are a bit dated, but they balance out nicely with the newer areas of campus, such as the popular University Center (UC), a multipurpose building with a gym, food court, swimming pool, basketball courts, and an arena. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers two computer labs and tutoring. The three-story Jack Tarver Library generally has long hours and 24-hour study rooms, in addition to private study rooms. There are many areas on campus where studying either alone or in groups can take place, including the lounges inside residence halls and the lounge on the second floor of the Connell Student Center (CSC). Mercer does a fairly good job of updating and renovating its spaces to meet the needs of students and faculty.

Mercer has a very compact and pedestrian-friendly campus, and its grounds are pristine. Maintenance of the grounds is evident year-round. Not only is the campus pleasing to the eye, but portions of it are frequently used by students. The quad and Porter Patch are ideal for outdoor studying, events, or games of Frisbee or football.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
52
Campus Size
130 acres
Student Centers
  • Connell Student Center
  • University Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Jack Tarver Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Connell Student Center
  • Dorm rooms and apartments
  • Plunkett Pool
  • Porter Patch
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
None
Movie Theater on Campus
None
"Green" Initiatives
There have been attempts at establishing a consistent, campus-wide recycling program at Mercer, but it does not seem to have had a lasting effect. Currently, there is an emphasis on saving water in the cafeteria. Mercer could probably improve its green initiatives.
School Slang
  • The Caf or FFC: Fresh Food Company, the school cafeteria
  • GDIs: Fraternity lingo for non-Greek students
  • The UC: University Center
Traditions
Running Up the Hill: On Girls and Boys Bid Day, Greek pledges participate in an event where they literally run up the hill in front of the UC before joining their respective fraternities and sororities.
Urban Legends
  • Another story that circulates Mercer now and then is of a ghost that resides in the Back Door Theatre and periodically causes strange noises and unexplained movement of props and other items.
  • The most popular-and false-legend frequently told to freshmen is of a girl who supposedly committed suicide on the now-closed top floor of Mary Ellen Porter Hall when she was denied acceptance into a sorority.
Favorite Things To Do
Campus events are always popular with the student body. Quadworks, various student organizations, and Greek life host many open-invitation events for everyone to enjoy. In the warm months, a trip to Plunkett Pool is always a possibility. It's also common to see games of football and Frisbee being played on Porter Patch during nice weather.
Student Newspaper
The Cluster
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Greek organizations are very visible on campus. The Student Government Association and Quadworks are other popular organizations for students to get involved in, while interest-based clubs are less popular. All student organizations are required to renew once a year with Campus Life. New students who want to get a feel for the clubs and organizations at Mercer should attend the annual Bear Fair at the start of each school year.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert bands
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Television station
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 51 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 36% Bear Force
  • 27% Resident Assistant
  • 9% Intramural Referee
  • 9% QuadWorks
  • 9% Bursar's/Registrar's Office
  • 9% Student Helper

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 30% Homecoming
  • 30% Bearstock
  • 20% Sports Events
  • 10% Running Up the Hill
  • 10% Bid Day

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 33% Dorm rooms and apartments
  • 25% Connell Student Center
  • 17% Plunkett Pool
  • 17% University Center
  • 8% Porter Patch

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% Gym
  • 33% Hang out with friends
  • 17% Walk around the campus
  • 17% Go Downtown Macon

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 52 responses

  • 4% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 29% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 35% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 33% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 52 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 15% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 27% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Rubbing Jesse Mercer's head for luck
  • 17% The Merecr Bear comes alive at night in Cruz Plaza
  • 17% The Jesse Mercer statue's head turning
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