Mercer University

The mission of Mercer University -- one of Americas oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning -- is to teach, to learn, to create, to discover, to inspire, to empower and to serve. In fulfilling this mission, the University supports undergraduate, graduate, and professional learning, as well as basic research and its application in service to others. Founded by Baptists in 1833, Mercer is an independent university that remains grounded in a tradition that embraces freedom of the mind and spirit, cherishes the equal worth of every individual, and commits to serving the needs of humankind. As a university committed to excellence and innovation, Mercer challenges members of its community to meet and exceed high standards in their teaching, learning, research, scholarship and service. With more than 8,600 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges on campuses in Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah, Mercer has a strong presence in Georgia. However, its more than 70,000 alumni are making important contributions to their professions and communities around the world. Twelve Mercerians have served as governors, and four alumni have served as U.S. Senators. While offering a breadth of programs found at much larger universities, Mercer maintains an intimate, student-focused culture more characteristic of smaller liberal arts colleges. In Georgia, the University operates the only private engineering school and one of only six law schools. It is one of only three universities in the state to hold membership in the Georgia Research Alliance and shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The Mercer Health Sciences Center includes the state's largest pharmacy school, one of only four medical schools, and the oldest college of nursing. In addition, Mercer has one of the more prominent university presses in the country and operates an engineering research center employing more than 200 scientists and engineers. Central to the Mercer experience is an education that uniquely prepares students to lead virtuous, meaningful, and responsible lives and encourages a thoughtful examination of ethical and moral choices. Service learning, leadership development, and community involvement are three common threads that join all of Mercer's academic programs and experiences. U.S. News & World Report ranks Mercer in the top tier of national universities, and in 2016 ranked it as the No. 24 best value. The Princeton Review consistently ranks it in the top 15% of all colleges and universities in North America. Mercer has earned national recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its commitment to community engagement and in 2015 was once again named to the Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with distinction. Among the University's signature programs is Mercer On Mission, a unique blend of study abroad and service-learning that provides life-changing experiences for students through academic instruction, research, cultural immersion, meaningful service, and spiritual reflection. Working alongside in-country partners, Mercer students and faculty are bringing water to villages in Africa; fitting amputees in Vietnam with low-cost prosthetic legs; alleviating mercury poisoning in Mozambique and Ecuador; and delivering much-needed medical care in Cambodia. Mercer is equally committed to the student experience beyond the classroom. A wide variety of organizations, honorary and professional societies, and religious and special interest groups enhance the quality of campus life. Mercer is the only private university in the state to field an NCAA Division I athletics program. As a member of the Southern Conference, Mercer competes in men's baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, lacrosse, soccer, golf, and tennis, and women's basketball, cross-country, golf, beach volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Coed 1833 N/A Semester $251.1 million + 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA 31207 (478) 301-2700
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43 100.0 Georgia Macon 404