Mercer Bears don't believe in hibernation.
Here in Bear Territory, how you spend your time outside of class is just as important as your GPA. The Mercerian mentality is work hard, play hard, and make every minute count.
You've been told that you're a "born leader." Your friends always look to you for advice, and your teachers know they can count on you to set a good example in class. But there's more to great leadership than that, and you know it. Bears never settle for "good enough."
We still believe it's important to love thy neighbor, and the Mercer brand of leadership is built on our core values of service, integrity, and advocacy.
As a Mercer Bear, you will be challenged to identify your personal leadership style & further develop your unique strengths.
You will have valuable opportunities to hone your leadership skills, and you will learn how to build genuine relationships. (That's just one of the many reasons employers love our grads.) And you will find few things more fulfilling than volunteering your time and talents to change the lives of others for the better - both in the local community and around the world.
Mercerians have redefined the meaning of the word "involved." When it comes to campus life, our Bears are all in - balancing Mercer's demanding academics with membership in a wide range of student organizations and activities.
Your choice of involvement on campus (and off) significantly shapes your college experience - and with 140 student organizations and only 16 weeks in a semester, a Bear's calendar can get a little hairy. Devote your time to meaningful causes close to your heart. Test your skills at an intramural sport or artistic endeavor. Discover a passion you didn't even know you had. Or try a little bit of everything. After all, you only live once.
While having fun, meeting new friends, and building your resumé, you'll also learn how to thrive as both a leader and member of a team as you find your niche or two. (Or ten.)
Mercer's 140 organizations include:
Mercer Bears don't just compete. They dominate.
Mercer University is a proud, longtime member of NCAA Division I athletics, and we've built a strong athletic tradition in Bear Territory, earning numerous titles over the past 36 years as a founding member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Our student-athletes exhibit the same level of intensity and commitment in the classroom as they do on the court and field. In fact, more than 60 percent have earned conference all-academic honors and other national recognition. Beginning with the 2014-2015 season, most of the Bears' 18 men's and women's sports will now compete in the historic Southern Conference, ushering in a new era of athletic rivalry.
As a student, cheering the Bears on to victory is not an option. It's your obligation to help defend our turf. Attend any game or match on campus, and you'll witness fierce dedication, spirit, and pride. Whether painting up for a home football game or traveling hours to watch Mercer become the newest Cinderella of March Madness, our fans are an integral part of the athletic experience, and the Mercer Maniacs - our student organization dedicated to promoting school spirit - always know how to get the crowd on their feet!
*Non-Southern Conference Competition
Those Instagram-worthy moments that happen outside of class are essential to the Mercer experience: meeting friends for lunch at The Bear's Den, tailgating on Cruz Plaza before the game, and singing along with big-name bands front row at Bearstock.
Hungry? You're only a short walk away from The Fresh Food Company, The Farmer's Market, the University Center Food Court, and the delectable mix of restaurants in Mercer Village.
Energy to burn? Work up a sweat in the UC Fitness Center or walk it out around Mercer's picturesque campus.
Big test tomorrow? Study (or socialize) with classmates until midnight in Tarver Library. And living only two minutes from Knight Hall will never be more appreciated than when you wake up at 7:58 for that 8 a.m. class!
At no other point in life will you lead an effort to revitalize a local neighborhood, lead your intramural soccer team to victory over the law school, and land the lead role in Mercer Theatre's next show ... all in the same day. With such a full - and fulfilling - schedule, it's a good thing you're only seconds from home.
Mercer's traditional residence halls, modern apartments, and personalized Greek houses offer our Bears a variety of habitats and amenities. No matter which you choose, you're guaranteed three important things. Location. Location. Location.
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Like Mercer, our historic hometown of Macon, Georgia, combines the best of both worlds: big-city amenities and convenience within a warm, inviting community. This social, cultural, and economic hub in the heart of Georgia provides tons of options for your enjoyment as a Mercerian. And with Mercer's proximity to downtown Macon's restaurants, coffee houses, music venues, theatres, art galleries, and local shops, there's always something fun to do!
Welcome to Macon - where the South rocks! Home to music superstars such as Otis Redding, Jason Aldean, and the Allman Brothers Band, Macon boasts many noteworthy sights and sounds of its Southern musical heritage.
The annual International Cherry Blossom Festival, touted as "The Pinkest Party on Earth," features a carnival, daily events, and some delicious pink-themed food in celebration of Macon's gorgeous cherry blossom trees and the arrival of spring.
Macon is a treasure trove of savory local restaurants and eateries. Whether you decide to take a quick walk to your favorite spot in Mercer Village or head downtown and explore all your appetizing options there, your taste buds won't be disappointed.
Begun as a class project, Mercer students collaborated with the City of Macon to create the College Hill Corridor, which connects Mercer's campus to downtown Macon. Local businesses and community leaders partner with Mercer to bring great events and entertainment to the neighborhood year round.
The Grand Opera House in downtown Macon is one of Georgia's most beautiful and historic performance venues, hosting nationally touring Broadway musicals, concerts, comedy shows, and special Mercer events.
Mercerians exemplify the heart of a servant leader in all that we do.
For many students, faith is an important part in shaping personal values and understanding the world around us. Founded in 1833 by Georgia Baptists (though no longer affiliated), Mercer remains committed to an educational environment that embraces intellectual and religious freedom and welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds.
Student groups representing different denominations and faiths gather weekly throughout campus. In addition, the University provides enriching programming that encourages religious discussion and conversation about the role that religion and faith play in today's culture, politics, and social issues.
Mercer Bears have raised the bar for what it means to wear Greek letters on campus. Fraternity and sorority members share a special heritage that connects them with generations of Mercerians. These common bonds are complemented by the personalities, goals, and cherished traditions of each individual house.
Mercer's Greek community continues to build upon the work of those who came before them - striving to leave an even greater legacy of service and leadership. Last year alone, Mercer's 17 national fraternities and sororities raised over $50,000 for charity and volunteered nearly 10,000 hours of service to the community.
Add in valuable leadership and networking opportunities, a competitive spirit that encourages scholarship, and personal connections that ignite lifelong friendships, and it's clear why many Mercerians choose to be Greek.
Your first year as a Mercer Bear in one word: Transformation. From the moment you step foot on campus for Opening Day, you will begin a journey of intellectual, emotional, and social metamorphosis.
You will be immediately immersed in the culture, spirit, and traditions of Mercer that will fuel your determination to succeed. The peers and mentors you meet during Orientation will walk alongside you, offering new perspectives and forming friendships that endure beyond your first week, semester, or year. Your professors, classmates, and teammates are rooting for you as well, and there are numerous opportunities and resources to help you stay the course.
After you turn in that last final exam of the spring semester, you will look back at your first year and realize that you have changed in ways you never imagined and achieved more than you ever thought possible. And you will be inspired to push yourself even further the next year. Because you are The Bear. You have become a Mercerian.