For Parents and Families
For many students, choosing a college is a family decision. At Mercer, we recognize the important role that you play in guiding your child through this significant process and the support you provide - emotionally, financially, and intellectually - that will enable your student to succeed. As the parent of a soon-to-be high school graduate, you have a lot to be proud of, and we celebrate this milestone with you. Looking forward, we welcome your involvement, your questions, and your insight as we partner together to build your child's future.
Here you will find more information about important steps in the admissions process as well as answers to your questions about how we ensure that your student succeeds at Mercer and beyond.
• October 1
The 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for submission
October 15 November 1
Priority application deadline to be considered for the University's most prestigious scholarships, including full tuition and beyond
• February 1
Regular decision application deadline to be considered for University-funded scholarships and financial aid (Applications received after the regular decision deadline will be considered as space remains available.)
• March 1
Deadline to submit the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for priority consideration for federal, state, and University-funded financial aid
• May 1
National Decision Day - $500 enrollment deposit due to Mercer University (Deposit early for priority registration and housing assignment.)
The best way to explore all that Mercer has to offer is by visiting in person. Schedule your visit to Mercer's Macon campus and experience the culture, climate, and personality of Bear Territory. Whether you come for a two-hour weekday campus tour with information session or for an all-day, action-packed Saturday Preview, we look forward to seeing your family soon.
Families may register for campus tours and special admissions events online through the student's Mercer account username and password. (This is the same account used to request information or complete an application for admission. If your child is currently receiving mailings and emails from Mercer, that means that an account has already been created. If an account does not exist, your student has the opportunity to quickly create a new account.)
Meet Your Student's Admissions Counselor
Mercer University has a team of dedicated admissions counselors who are ready and happy to assist you and your student through every step of the admissions process. We encourage you to get to know your counselor and ask all of your questions about applications, campus visits, scholarships, financial aid, academics, and student life. We're here to help you understand everything you need to know to make the best college decision for your family.
Learn About Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financing a college education may seem daunting at first, but we are committed to partnering with you and your student to help you make this important investment. Mercer University offers merit-based, talent-based, and need-based financial aid from a combination of University, federal, and state sources, and 97% of our students are awarded some form of assistance.
The financial aid process begins with your submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov, available October 1 of your student's senior year in high school. Once we receive that information, we'll customize a financial aid award package just for you and schedule an appointment to review it together.
Your Tuition Dollars At Work
The value of a Mercer degree includes the comfort of knowing that your student is thriving both academically and as a whole person and unique member of the Mercer family. Beyond the Office of University Admissions, Mercer has an entire network of caring faculty and staff who will guide your student from the initial transition to college all the way to graduation and a fulfilling career.
These are some of the many campus resources available to your student:
The Office of Academic and Advising Services partners with both students and faculty to create a smooth transition to college and guarantee your student's academic success at Mercer. The staff offers one-on-one academic advising for all first-year students and transfer students. In addition, students following one of Mercer's pre-health tracks receive additional advising and guidance from our coordinator of pre-professional programs.
Additionally, a team of Peer Advisors - made up of current Mercer sophomores, juniors, and seniors - serves as your student's peer leaders throughout orientation and the first semester on campus. The Peer Advisors, along with our full-time professional staff, will help make your student's transition from high school to college a smooth and successful one. Learn more about the Office of Academic and Advising Services
At Mercer, we understand that college is a great opportunity for student to grow not only inside the classroom, but outside of it as well. Our Office of Housing and Residence Life is committed to supporting students living on campus at Mercer. Our three-year, on-campus housing requirement, fosters the valuable opportunity for your student to build strong friendships, making lasting connections, and truly feel a part of the Mercer community.
All first-year students live together in traditional residence halls. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may choose from a wider variety of campus housing options, such as on-campus apartments, fraternity and sorority houses, and new loft apartments.
We also understand that moving your student to college is a group effort, so on Opening Day each year, volunteers from all across the campus community join together to move our newest Mercer Bears into their new homes. Learn more about the Office of Housing and Residence Life »
Every student's well-being is our highest priority, and we have an entire certified police agency on campus dedicated to sustaining our warm and welcoming community. The Mercer Police Department, better known University-wide as MERPO, has 24 sworn police officers who patrol campus year round on foot, bicycle, golf cart, and car. Emergency call boxes, alarm systems, and surveillance cameras are active at all times to further enhance campus security, and our campus-wide alert system notifies students, faculty, and staff via text and email with pertinent updates, such as inclement weather or other important information.
In addition, your student's University-issued BearCard student ID will grant access to specific buildings on campus, including personal residence halls. A lost Bear Card can be deactivated immediately by contacting MERPO.
Learn more about the Mercer Police Department and find contact information at http://police.mercer.edu/.
Physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness is essential to your student's academic achievement and overall happiness. Your continued parental guidance and involvement is welcome and ensures that your child takes advantage of Mercer's resources for healthy living.
- care for acute illnesses and injuries
- allergy injections
- health education
Mercer's Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to all students at no extra cost. Our counselors are committed to treating all clients with respect, dignity, and confidentiality.
- private confidential counseling
- educational programming and workshops
- access to helpful online resources
- referrals to external professionals if needed.
- care for acute illnesses and injuries
- open exercise space with Life Fitness cardiovascular equipment (such as elliptical cross trainers and treadmills)
- weight room with a full line of selectorized machines, isolateral equipment, and free weights
- elevated multi-lane running track
- multi-purpose recreational basketball/volleyball courts
- aerobics room with daily schedule of group fitness classes
Mercer's Career Services staff supports both current students and alumni through career guidance, job search assistance, and graduate school search assistance. We can help your student choose a major, decide on a career path, secure internships, locate graduate programs, write a personal statement, build and modify a résumé, and prepare for an interview.
Our Career Services office organizes career and graduate fairs each semester and actively collaborates with employers and recruiters to place our students and graduates in positions to succeed. Mercer graduates are pursuing jobs and graduate programs all over the world, with three of our recent graduates receiving Fulbright Awards to pursue research opportunities abroad in France, Poland, and Brazil.
In addition, Career Services helps students find internships, and the majority of Mercer students participate in at least one, and often more, prior to graduation.