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 Spanish 1

Open to students with little or no previous instruction in Spanish, this course provides students with a fundamental competency in Spanish language skills, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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.

Drugs and Behavior

This course covers basic pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and behavioral outcomes of the major categories of drugs. Both licit and illicit drugs will be considered with particular emphasis on the most commonly used drugs in society and those drugs that are associated with high abuse potential.

Elements of Microbiology

Students in Microbiology learn the principles of microbiology and associated human diseases, pathogenesis, immunology, and related experiential and lab techniques.

Engaging the New Testament

Part of the Religion department, this course gives students an introduction to the history, literature, and theology of the New Testament.

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.

Intermediate Spanish 1

In this course, students continue the development of language skills related to social situations, including travel needs, leisure activities, and Hispanic culture.

International Management and Marketing

Students in International Management and Marketing study the major marketing and management issues affecting business managers in an international setting, with a focus on developing appropriate and effective policies for both the country and the corporation.

Introduction to Development Theory & Practice

This course is a part of the Global Development Studies program and offers an introduction to major players, various models, and numerous approaches to address main challenges in global development.

Introduction to Music History 1

Designed for music students, this course focuses on the manifestations of music’s relationship with the sacred and the tension between “high art” and “folk art” as they shaped the idea of a Classical canon prior to the mid-nineteenth century.

Lifespan Development

As a course offered within the Psychology department, Lifespan Development studies growth in physical, social, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and personality traits across the life span.

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.

Organic Chemistry 1

This course involves the study of carbon compounds, reactions, mechanisms, and related experimental techniques.

Principles of Finance

Taught from the viewpoint of a corporate financial manager trying to maximize stockholder wealth, this course teaches functions of a finance manager, agency challenges, the time-value of money, risk and return, bond and stock valuation, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and dividend policy.

Public Speaking

With an emphasis on preparing and presenting public speeches, Public Speaking is a study of rhetorical theory and teaches students the basic principles of effective speaking techniques.

Statics/Solid Mechanics

Statics is the study of equilibrium of concurrent force systems, stress, strain, deformation, and Hooke's Law.

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