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Get the facts about Mercer University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Mercer University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Mercer University was awarded 43 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is human services.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Mercer as #328 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 56 colleges in Georgia, Mercer is ranked at #8.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Mercer?

Acceptance Rate

Mercer University has an acceptance rate of 73%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 46% of students accepted to Mercer submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 670. Math scores were between 580 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Mercer University  ( 590 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Mercer University  ( 580 to 670 )
Mercer received ACT scores from 53% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Mercer University  ( 25 to 30 )

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Mercer University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Mercer University, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Mercer University is 96%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  96 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Mercer University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 86% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Mercer University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  86 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Mercer the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 47%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  47 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Mercer

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,747 undergraduates at Mercer with 4,135 being full-time and 612 being part-time.

Mercer Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Mercer is 77.00 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  77.00 out of 100
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How Much Does Mercer University Cost?

The overall average net price of Mercer is $20,828. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Mercer

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$17,998 $18,691 $19,372 $23,474 $22,897

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Mercer, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Mercer, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $7,696 a year. That adds up to $30,784 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mercer is 5.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Mercer Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Mercer make around $48,200 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Mercer graduates since it is 21% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Mercer University make the most money.

Location of Mercer University

Mercer University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Macon, Georgia. Macon is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Mercer University

Contact details for Mercer are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA 31207
Phone: 478-301-2700

Mercer University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 79 majors graduated from Mercer University. Of these students, 1,205 received undergraduate degrees and 1,447 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 143 $60,100
General Engineering 133 $58,500
Teacher Education Grade Specific 82 $34,600
General Biology 70 $27,400
General Psychology 62 NA
Marketing 59 NA
Communication & Media Studies 42 NA
Human Resource Management 40 NA
Public Health 38 NA
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 35 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Mercer University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Mercer

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 2,033 students took at least one online class at Mercer University. This is an increase from the 1,881 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,033 899
2016-2017 1,881 656
2015-2016 1,584 702
2014-2015 1,508 487
2013-2014 1,431 384

Learn more about online learning at Mercer University.

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