Mercer Bears don't just learn. They master.
Providing an academically rigorous education complemented by a comprehensive student life experience that integrates service and leadership is the foundation of Mercer University. It's true; at Mercer, everyone majors in changing the world.
Mercer offers more than 65 undergraduate majors - which means more than 60 ways for you to discover your passion and explore it further.
Our 13 pre-professional tracks prepare students for graduate or professional school by pairing them with a pre-professional advisor who guides them through the class selection process to fulfill undergraduate prerequisites as well as the application process for graduate or professional school.
More than 1,700 students are currently pursuing advanced degrees at Mercer in a broad range of disciplines, from business to engineering, from law to medicine, and from pharmaceutical sciences to educational leadership, to name a few.
Mercer's undergraduate programs offer distinctive academic and experiential opportunities that set our Bears apart and shape who they are and how they use their skills.
You have the option to pursue interests outside of your major and personalize your experience by taking a variety of classes among five of Mercer's colleges and schools. For example, pre-med students can fulfill their science prerequisites through the College of Liberal Arts while majoring in entrepreneurship in our Stetson School of Business & Economics to prepare for opening their own practice one day. This flexibility increases your ability to become a well-rounded student, better prepared to excel in graduate and professional school or to launch your career after graduation.
Our graduate and professional programs - on campuses in Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah - are recognized nationally as some of the top programs in their respective fields. You can enhance your undergraduate education by working alongside professors engaged in industry-shaping research and learning from their experience while working on your bachelor's degree. Then, enjoy a seamless transition to graduate or professional school by enrolling in one or more of Mercer's advanced degree programs.
A unique option for students interested in furthering their education at Mercer is the combined degree program, which allows students to earn both their bachelor's and master's degrees in just five years in the following:
Bachelor of Science in Engineering + Master of Science in Engineering
Bachelor of Business Administration + Master of Business Administration
Bachelor of Business Administration + Master of Accountancy
Qualified students interested in pursuing a Mercer law degree have the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and law degree in just six years, rather than the traditional seven, by enrolling in the 3+3 Accelerated Law Degree Program. Complete three years of undergraduate study in Mercer's College of Liberal Arts. Then begin your first year of law school, using law courses to fulfill your remaining elective undergraduate credits to earn your bachelor's degree.
Learn more about our graduate and professional programs:
Perhaps the University's most distinctive program, Mercer On Mission combines service-learning and study abroad in life-changing experiences that allow students to use what they learned in the classroom to transform the lives of others and change the world. To date, hundreds of Mercer students and faculty have traveled all over the globe as part of this program.
Mercer Abroad utilizes partnerships established with schools throughout the world to enable our Bears to be immersed in other cultures while earning academic credit in trips ranging from a few weeks to a full year abroad.
Mercer's exclusive partnership with Regent's Park College, one of the 44 Colleges and Halls at The University of Oxford, allows a select group of Mercer's highest achievers the opportunity to study at this world-renowned institution. Students enrolled in this prestigious program live among other Oxford students inside the walls of Regent's Park College, have full access to libraries and social clubs, including the Oxford Student Union, and receive lifetime alumni membership with Regent's Park.
Mercer's Special Consideration Programs provide qualified undergraduate students with a significant advantage over other applicants for some of the nation's most in-demand degree programs available in Mercer's graduate and professional schools. The Accelerated Special Consideration Programs provide qualified undergraduate students with the opportunity to accelerate their undergraduate experience and receive special consideration as they seek to apply to post-baccalaureate programs. Each Special Consideration Program has specific eligibility requirements and, often, a separate application process. Interested students should discuss this opportunity with their admissions counselor early on during their senior year of high school. Learn more about Mercer’s Special Consideration Programs.
Special Consideration Programs are available in:
Accelerated Special Consideration Programs are available in:
The Mercer University Honors Program engages some of our most academically outstanding Bears in an intensive academic experience that enhances their undergraduate studies through the integration of interdisciplinary seminars, service-learning courses, cultural and social events, research, and study abroad opportunities. Students invited to the program tailor their track to their specific interests.
Five academic tracks are offered:
From finding better treatments for cancer, Alzheimer's, and diabetes to creating inexpensive prosthetics for amputees in developing nations, our students and faculty are collaborating on exciting advances in science. Last year alone, Mercer received $31 million for externally funded research across all University units.
Mercer students - regardless of major - can strengthen their résumé by engaging in undergraduate research, either working alongside a faculty member or independently. And students are able to look to faculty and facilities outside of the undergraduate colleges and schools, such as our College of Pharmacy or School of Medicine, when choosing their research.
Internships are invaluable learning opportunities, and more than 70% of Mercer students participating in at least one. Our Bears put into practice what they have learned in the classroom and gain a competitive edge for their résumés. The University's key relationships with employers who are at the top of their industries provide important connections and networking opportunities.
Mercer Bears have recently interned with top industry names:
Available at only a handful of colleges (and universities) across the nation, the Great Books Program at Mercer enables students to hone their critical-thinking and writing skills through discussion of some of history's greatest works of literature. Students deepen their understanding of the world through a series of courses built into their core curriculum.
Books in the program include:
Called "one of the nation's boldest journalism experiments" by The New York Times, Mercer's innovative Center for Collaborative Journalism brings the "teaching hospital" model to the newsroom, partnering students with industry professionals in order to gain journalistic experience while building an unrivaled portfolio of work. Learn more about opportunities in the Center for Collaborative Journalism.
The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings in Mercer's Townsend School of Music provides some of the world's most talented string players an intensive, conservatory environment in which to receive instruction from renowned professionals as well as a business-oriented curriculum to prepare students for success after graduation. Learn more about the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings.
Career Services prepares students for success by providing help with interviews for graduate school and the hiring process, networking for internships, and hosting fairs for employment and graduate and professional school. Career Services also provides cover letter and résumé workshops, helping your documents stand apart from the others in the stack on the hiring manager's desk.
Mercer alumni can be found at industry leaders all over the world, including
Ernst & Young
The Coca-Cola Company
Children’s Hospital of Atlanta
The Academic Resource Center provides unlimited tutoring for some of Mercer's more notorious subjects (such as chemistry and calculus), access to proofreaders for writing assignments, and a place to study with access to computers and white boards until the wee hours of the morning.
Mercer cares about your success - both in and out of the classroom. Students have direct access to licensed professionals through our Counseling and Psychological Services, enabling students to gain support and personal counsel.
Through the Office of Access and Accommodation, the University provides support and accommodations for students with learning, physical, sensory, medical, and psychological disabilities.