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4 College Junior

Academics: Its great because of the interactions with faculty, technical interface and flexibility with group projects, and round tables with business, community, and ministry leaders as that provide great networking opportunities and real time information. The work load is intense at times due the focus of academia succession in every area of my life when it comes to family, professional career in finance, my volunteer work with my professional job and church. There is also a strong focus on ethics, writing, and communication which is essential to representing not only myself, but my degree distributor Mercer University.

5 College Junior

Academics: The academics offered at Mercer University are Theology, Nursing, Business Undergraduate and Graduate dual, Executive MBA, and MBA, Pharmacy, and Education. Majority of programs are graduate level and many schools offer a variety of cross work that is transferable and even dual with other programs. The flexibility is a great merit especial for those who have full time lives. About 75% of the programs are on ground giving the student the diverse learning and development environments.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: what I want to learn is computer science. that's why I chose to transfer to another school.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I chose to transfer to another school because mercer is a good choice for pharmacy students, not for me computer science students.

4 College Junior

Academics: Most professors are eager and willing assist students. Liberal Arts rules, they have the best instructors. Dr. Thomas Biggers you're the best.

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Mercer is often called the “Ivy League school of the South,” and this nickname is wholly justified. The University’s academics are undeniably rigorous—its engineering and music programs seem to be more celebrated than its other schools, but all of Mercer’s departments hold the same high standards for their students. Even though the professors give out demanding workloads, they are highly accessible to their students. Many students have the same professors multiple times in their undergraduate careers, so professors and students often get to know each other on a personal level (some are even Facebook friends with their students). These close-knit relationships create a comfortable and non-intimidating academic environment, which balances nicely with the often challenging coursework.

Many professors factor attendance and participation into their grades, so it’s important to take these things very seriously. The small classes make it nearly impossible for an unaccounted absence to be overlooked by a professor. Writing papers is also nearly inescapable—Mercer requires all freshmen to take a Freshman Year Seminar course, which usually includes reading and writing composition to help prepare students for their future coursework. Advising occurs once every semester. If your adviser is from another department, it is sometimes prudent to take the extra steps necessary to switch to an adviser who is in your major’s department.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
378
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
218
Total FT Faculty
510
Faculty with Terminal Degree
90%
Average Faculty Salary
$70,920
Full-Time Retention Rate
82%
Part-Time Retention Rate
54%
Graduation Rate
63%
Programs/Majors Offered
95
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 62%
  • 20 to 49 students: 36%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics
  • Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
  • School of Engineering
  • Tift College of Education
  • Townsend School of Music
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 6%
  • Elementary Education: 5%
  • Law: 3%
  • Pharmacy Studies: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Other: Religion
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Online classes at Mercer are currently far and few between. They are usually offered in the summer, but the range of course subjects is quite limited. They are all taught by Mercer faculty members and conducted through Mercer's course management system, Blackboard. Generally, online classes are worth three credit hours, as are most regular Mercer courses.
Best Places to Study
  • Connell Student Center lounge area-lots of couches and tables
  • Jack Tarver Library, especially its private study rooms
  • Jittery Joe's Coffee in Mercer Village-late-night hours during exam periods
Tips to Succeed
  • Be willing to make sacrifices. Time management is essential and sometimes you have to cut less important things in favor of academics.
  • Find an academic mentor to talk to. Guidance is always helpful. Let them know you appreciate their time.
  • Keep a positive frame of mind. Be optimistic. Bombing a test or getting a low grade on a paper is not the end of the world - now you have a reason to seek help and get better.
  • Prioritize. Mercer has a lot to offer, but none of it will benefit you without putting its rigorous academics first and foremost. Put as much effort in as you plan to get out.
  • Surround yourself with people who have a positive influence.
  • Take advantage of opportunities, organizations, and social networking. Get out of your shell and get involved.
  • Take care of yourself. Get as much sleep as possible. Health is usually low on a list of priorities, but stress makes you more susceptible to illness, which in turn will effect all areas of your life. Vitamins, salads, and water is always a good choice.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 43 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 44 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 7 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 50% Nancy Grace - news commentator
  • 29% Nathan Deal - Governor of Georgia
  • 17% Steve Berry - author
  • 4% Sam Mitchell

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% This was my dream school.
  • 57% This was one of my top choices.
  • 43% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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