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Mercer University Data & Information Overview

78 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
78% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Mercer University Ranked?

#612 Best Colleges in Nation
#14 Best Colleges in GA
Registered Nursing Highest Ranked Major

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Mercer University was awarded 78 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is registered nursing.

Overall Quality

Mercer landed the #612 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Mercer held the #711 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Mercer is also ranked #14 out of 69 schools in Georgia.

See all of the rankings for Mercer University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Mercer?

78% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
50% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Mercer University has an acceptance rate of 78%, 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 50% 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 600 and 670. Math scores were between 580 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Mercer University  ( 600 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Mercer University  ( 580 to 670 )
Mercer received ACT scores from 43% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Mercer University  ( 25 to 31 )

Learn more about Mercer University admissions.

Mercer University Faculty

14 to 1 Student to Faculty
96% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Mercer University is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much 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

87% Freshmen Retention
49% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 87% 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  87 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 49%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  49 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Mercer University.

Mercer University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,219 Full-Time Undergraduates
46.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
61.7% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,911 undergraduates at Mercer with 4,219 being full-time and 692 being part-time.

How Much Does Mercer University Cost?

$20,853 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
$33,116 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Mercer is $20,853. 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 +
$16,024 $17,971 $21,388 $23,303 $24,894

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Mercer, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $8,279 a year. That adds up to $33,116 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mercer is 3.5%. 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?

$52,841 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Mercer make around $52,841 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Mercer students since it is 24% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Mercer University make the most money.

Location of Mercer University

Georgia State
4,219 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Located in Macon, Georgia, Mercer University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for Mercer are given below.

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

Mercer University Majors

78 Majors With Completions
1,297 Undergraduate Degrees
1,425 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 78 majors graduated from Mercer University. Of these students, 1,297 received undergraduate degrees and 1,425 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 204 $64,379
General Engineering 116 $62,626
General Biology 76 $23,164
Teacher Education Grade Specific 63 $34,454
Marketing 57 $33,298
General Psychology 53 $27,745
Public Health 52 NA
Accounting 43 NA
Finance & Financial Management 39 $53,576
Human Resource Management 37 $44,179

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

Online Learning at Mercer

48% Take At Least One Class Online
19% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 4,341 students took at least one online class at Mercer University. This is an increase from the 2,233 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 4,341 1,738
2018-2019 2,233 1,110
2017-2018 2,033 899
2016-2017 1,881 656
2015-2016 1,584 702

Learn more about online learning at Mercer University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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