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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: there are not that many crimes around here!

Mercer is a safe school!

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Merpo is there, whether asked for or not.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: safety and security on campus ok

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It is decent. Could be much better, if they kept the random people off campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Some buildings are not properly handicap accessible.


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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 43 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% Non-students on campus
  • 12% None
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Gang violence
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 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 41 responses

  • 7% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 5% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 7% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 27% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 51% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 5% We have campus police?
  • 10% Not very visible.
  • 7% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 37% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 41% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 26% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 36% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 36% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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