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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Our campus is very safe and we very rarely have problems. The only problems I have heard of are when students hang out with non Mercer students off campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is always a police car present whenever I enter or exit the building.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've walked alone at all hours of the night, often for several hours at a time. I've never even had a thought of being unsafe on campus. Maybe that's just me? Mercer's campus police is always nearby--I've often seen them cruising around on patrol and at the ready, whether it's 1 a.m. or 4:30 a.m..

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Macon is not the safest town, but mercer takes good care of its students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: You can also call for an escort to your car.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 919th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 954th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1121st
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Janelle Richardson
Seattle, Wash.
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Mercer has a relatively small and compact campus, so campus police have a fairly tight rein on its security. Mercer police—also known as MERPO—patrol campus 24/7, and there are a few blue-light emergency stations in the more secluded areas of campus (like the apartment parking lots) that students can access at any time. Many students are comfortable walking through campus at night, though it is prudent to be conscientious and even better to be accompanied by a friend if possible. MERPO will give students rides across campus if they are concerned with their safety. There are occasional incidents of car break-ins, robberies, or suspicious characters cutting through campus grounds, but they are usually promptly reported by MERPO through mass student e-mails.

Mercer’s Student Health Center is the primary provider of health services for all Mercer students, regardless of insurance coverage. It is staffed Monday through Friday by two RNs and a physician who sees patients by appointment. The Health Center is convenient but only provides basic care for colds, minor injuries, and the like. The physician can write prescriptions, but the Health Center cannot administer them. For other, more drastic health matters, the Health Center will generally refer patients to seek treatment elsewhere.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 2
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
Mercer University Police Department
Winship Street
(478) 301-4357
Safety Services
  • Anonymous crime reporting
  • Blue-light phones
  • Escort service
  • Tornado response plan
Health Center
Student Health Center
Patterson Building, second floor
(478) 301-2696
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Health education
  • Immunizations
  • Referrals
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 47 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% Non-students on campus
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 11% None
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Gang violence
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 47 responses

  • 47% High quality, very convenient.
  • 34% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 6% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 6% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 38% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 43% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 6% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 4% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 26% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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