International Students

Students from all over the world have found a second home at Mercer. As one of America's oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning, Mercer University offers rigorous programs that span the undergraduate liberal arts and sciences to doctoral-level degrees. Mercer enrolls more than 8,700 students in 12 schools and colleges on campuses in Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah, Georgia. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mercer ranks among the Best Value Schools in America, and The Princeton Review has included Mercer in its annual Best Colleges guide for 15 consecutive years.

Who is an International Student?
You are an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident.

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More than 50 countries are represented on campus, and Mercer University welcomes you to join our very diverse and friendly community.

Mercer's historic undergraduate campus is located in Macon, Georgia - just over an hour from Atlanta.

Mercer University's English Language Institute (ELI), located on our Atlanta campus, assists international students in learning American English. For three decades, the Institute has helped international students learn the academic English needed to be successful in U.S. universities.

The Admissions Process for International Students

We know that there are certain challenges involved in searching for a college far from home, so we want to make the admissions process easy and simple. Depending on your level of education, you may apply as a freshman or transfer student to any of our undergraduate degree programs:

Freshman applicants are students who have completed their secondary education allowing them to pursue entrance to universities in their home countries, but have not yet attended or enrolled as a university student.

Transfer applicants are students who have enrolled and completed over nine (9) courses or units of college/university credit.

The following items must be submitted to Mercer University to be considered for admission:

1. Application for Admission, either Mercer's application or the Common Application, with U.S. $50.00 nonrefundable application fee
2. Official secondary school and/or official university transcript(s), translated in English
3. A letter of recommendation from an academic or personal reference, translated in English
4. Course-by-course evaluation of transcripts, including grade point average (GPA), completed and forwarded to Mercer. We will accept evaluations from members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation (NACE).
5. For students whose native language or language of instruction in secondary high school is English, an official SAT or ACT score is required.
6. For students whose native language or language of instruction in secondary high school is not English, an official TOEFL score of at least 80, with at least 20 on each section, or an official IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required.

Qualified students with scores below the minimum TOEFL or IELTS requirements may be conditionally admitted to Mercer contingent upon successful completion of Mercer University's English Language Institute (ELI), located on our Atlanta campus. Placement testing is required upon arrival for conditionally admitted students without a TOEFL or IELTS score.

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A valid government-issued passport and a U.S.-issued F-1 Student Visa is required for any student enrolling at Mercer University who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

An I-20 Form is required to obtain the F-1 Visa. The I-20 Form is issued to an accepted international applicant after the applicant has submitted the enrollment deposit. The University has been authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students and to issue I-20 Forms. A Declaration of Finances, in U.S. dollar equivalents, verifying that you have adequate financial resources to cover the costs of attending Mercer University is also required as part of the Visa process.

Because this process is lengthy and requires specific paperwork, international applicants are encouraged to begin the process early. Students should submit an application for admission at least three months prior to the intended date of enrollment to allow adequate time for completion of all necessary paperwork.

At Mercer University, we value the global cultural perspectives that you bring to our campus, which is why we consider international students for our merit-based scholarships, talent-based scholarships, and invitations to our most prestigious scholarship competitions.

Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on your academic credentials (grade point average and test scores). These scholarships range from U.S. $7,500 to $20,000 per year and are renewable for up to four years (eight semesters).

Talent-based scholarships are available based on athletic ability and musical skills and accomplishment

  • Athletic Scholarships
    Mercer University competes in NCAA Division I athletics and is a member of the prestigious Southern Conference, one of the oldest athletic conferences in the U.S. International students recruited by our Department of Athletics are eligible for athletic scholarships at the discretion of the coach.
  • Music Scholarships
    To be considered for a music scholarship, students must schedule an audition through Mercer's Townsend School of Music.

Scholarship Competitions
You may be eligible for larger merit-based scholarships through participation in one of Mercer's prestigious scholarship competitions. Applicants who meet the academic criteria for the competition will receive an invitation to attend from the Office of University Admissions. Competitions include the Engineering Scholarship Challenge, Media Changemaker Scholars Challenge, and Business Entrepreneurship Scholarship Challenge.

Choosing the college or university that best fits your needs and goals is an important financial decision, and we want to make sure that you understand the costs of attending Mercer University.

Direct Charges Total for Year
Tuition & Fees $36,001.00
On-Campus Housing and Unlimited Meal Plan $11,315.00
Total Direct Charges $47,316.00

When planning your finances, you may also want to consider other indirect educational costs that you expect to incur. These indirect costs will not appear on your bill from Mercer but are typical costs associated with attending college and will vary based on your course load, travel needs, and other individual preferences.

Indirect Educational Costs
Books and Supplies $1,200.00
Transportation/Travel $1,200.00
Personal Expenses $1,645.00

In addition, all Mercer University students are required to have health insurance. Students may choose to purchase the university health insurance coverage or waive this option if they are currently covered under their own health insurance plan. Charges for university health insurance will appear on your Mercer bill if you do not waive the coverage each term.

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