The average Mercer student tends to be smart, Southern, and identified by what clique they generally associate with. Because Mercer is a small school mainly composed of Georgia residents, it lacks a wide variety of different types of guys and girls—most students are lumped into the category of “Greek” or “independent.” Mercer’s small size also creates a bubble effect, so personal affairs regularly become public blather, meaning there is usually little privacy regarding one’s current relationship or latest hook up. This omnipresent potential for public embarrassment undoubtedly controls outright sexual promiscuity around campus.
Mercer’s small-school atmosphere provides many opportunities to meet people and go out with them, whether in the form of group outings, on-campus events, parties, or sorority and fraternity formals. Though the student body is lacking in alternative lifestyles and different backgrounds, most people are generally welcoming and respectful to one another. It is almost impossible not to meet someone or get invited to a group function. Despite the prominent social scene at Mercer, there is not much of a dating atmosphere—most people gravitate toward either steady, long-term relationships or hookups.