Mercer Day & Night
Mercer Day And Night

This event is open exclusively to high school seniors and is designed to offer a firsthand experience of life as a Mercer Bear. Stay on campus overnight with your freshman host, dine in Mercer's Fresh Food Company, attend a class, tour campus, and meet face-to-face with your admissions counselor. Space is limited for this very popular event - register early!

Registration opens 45 days before event.

Select a date to register:

  • September 25
  • October 25
  • November 13
  • January 15
  • February 7
  • February 19
  • March 14
  • March 26

Day of Event

Sample Schedule


5:30 p.m. Check-In
5:30 p.m. Meet and Greet for Parents and Families
6:00 p.m. Meet Your Overnight Host
6:30 p.m. Dinner in Mercer Village


Before 9:00 a.m. Breakfast at the Fresh Food Company
9:00 a.m. Classroom Experience
10:00 a.m. Optional Information Session & Campus Tour

Items to Bring

  • Sleeping bag
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Personal items
  • Notebook & pen (if you want to take notes in class)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring guests?
Unfortunately, no. But if you have a high school friend who wants to attend, they can register as well!
Who will my overnight host be?
Your overnight host will be a current freshmen who works for the Office of University Admissions. You will meet your host when you check in and will spend the rest of the day hanging out with them and learning more about their Mercer experience.
What meals will be provided?
For dinner, you will be able to choose from three of our Mercer Village restaurants. These options include Margaritas Mexican Grill, Sauced Pizza, and Francars Buffalo Wings. For breakfast, enjoy a meal in the Fresh Food Company, one of our primary on-campus dining options.
Do I get to choose which class I attend?
Yes! When you register for a Day and Night event, you will have the opportunity to select your top three preferences from our list of classes. To help you choose which class you would like to attend, we have provided a description of each course offered.
What will I do while I’m on campus?
We will provide some suggestions of things to do, but it ultimately is up to you and your host! There is a lot of free time built in to this event, and we hope you will use that to really experience campus life for a day.
Where should I park?
Parking will be available at the Emily Parker Myers Admissions and Welcome Center. Please park in the spots marked as “Reserved for Future Bears.” For directions, please see our website.
Can I take a campus tour?
Absolutely! You will have the option to attend our daily 10:00 a.m. information session and campus tour.

Course Descriptions

Beginning Latin

Open to students with little or no previous instruction in Latin, this course provides students with a fundamental competency in Latin grammar and basic Latin vocabulary.

Calculus I

Topics in this course include functions involving limits, continuity, derivatives, and antiderivatives. This class would be great for students considering majors in math, engineering, or physics.

Classical Culture

This is a literature and writing class required in the Great Books Program. Great Books is one of Mercer’s two tracks for general education and is a Socratic Seminar-style course where students discuss selected readings relating to a specific time period.

Engaging the Old Testament

This course is offered through Mercer’s Religion department. In this course, students receive an introduction to the history, literature, and theology of the Old Testament.

Feedback Control and Modeling

This course is an introduction to modeling, analysis, and basic design for linear control systems for engineering students. It covers modeling of mechanical and other dynamic systems.

Functions and Graphs

This is the equivalent of a college algebra class. Functions and Graphs is a great class for students who are interested in studying math, or students who just enjoy math.

History of Art I

This is one of the many art classes that Mercer offers. If you have a desire to study art, this would be a great course to observe. This class is a survey of the major works of visual art and architecture from prehistoric times to the late “Middle Ages”.

History of Christianity

In History of Christianity, students will get an introduction to developments in the history of Christianity from the first century to the present with particular attention to the context of the Western World.

Introduction to Acting

Students who are considering a degree in Theatre, or students with a passion for acting, would enjoy this class. With Introduction to Acting, students gain basic experience in the fundamentals of acting for the stage and the camera. Emphasis is given to movement, voice and diction, improvisations, scene analysis, and performance techniques.

Introduction to Biology

Introduction to Biology is a great class to observe if you are interested in a science-related major, or are considering a Pre-Health track at Mercer. This course provides students with a foundation in biology, reaching all the way from evolution to ecology.

Introduction to Financial Accounting

This class is part of the general education requirements for the School of Business and Economics. In this course, you will learn the basic principles and concepts of accounting using income statements, balance sheets, and statements of cash flow.

Introduction to Music History II

This course would be perfect for a music major or minor, or anyone passionate about music. This class is designed to establish a conceptual vocabulary and historical framework for appreciating musical innovation and change.

Media and Society

This class would be great for a Journalism or Media Studies major. In this class, students learn about contemporary media while focusing on developing media literacy, and understanding media industries and the consequences of media messages on individuals, society, and culture.

Principles of Marketing

If you are interested in studying marketing, this class could be great for you. In this class, students gain a foundation in marketing, focusing on the role of marketing functions in the planning and implementing of various initiatives of a company.


If you are interested in studying computer science or engineering, this programming class would be great. In this course, students gain an understanding of computer science foundations by learning how to program in a modern object-oriented language.

Spanish II

This class is for anyone who wants to major or minor in Spanish. This course gives a basic competency in all language skills with an emphasis on basic needs in common everyday situations.

Understanding Self and Others

This is a literature and writing class required in the INT Program. This is one of Mercer’s two tracks for general education courses. Students on the INT track will focus on the development of themselves and their relationships with others through reading and writing.

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