Welcome to Bear Territory

Mercer's historic undergraduate campus is located in Macon, Georgia - a thriving community with a legendary music heritage that boasts a metropolitan sparkle while preserving its small-town charm.

Birthplace of Southern Rock

The Allman Brothers Band, Little Richard, Otis Redding, Jason Aldean, half of R.E.M., and many other artists with local roots have put Macon on the map as an eclectic music mecca.

A Neighborhood at Your Doorstep

The restaurants and retailers of Mercer Village are less than a five-minute walk from any residence hall, and students can always be found hanging out day and night.

Centrally Located

Macon is just over one hour from Atlanta and less than three hours from the Atlantic coast, with endless options for fun and convenient weekend road trips with friends.

Cherry Blossom Capital of the World

Over 300,000 flourishing Yoshino cherry trees take center stage each spring during Macon's International Cherry Blossom Festival.

Foodie Paradise

Residents and visitors alike are enamored with Macon's mouth-watering local dining options, ranging from farm-to-table steaks to world-famous hotdogs and from up-scale seafood to the tastiest Southern cooking.

A Grand Stage for Arts & Culture

Five historic downtown theatres and venues host beautiful ballets, high-definition opera, chart-topping bands, live symphonic performances, and touring Broadway shows.

Size Matters

You won't find a one-size-fits-all education here. At Mercer, you will thrive in a one-of-a-kind environment that combines the lifelong personal relationships of a small college with the life-changing opportunities of a major research university.


Students (give or take a few) in a typical class


Academic majors from which to choose


Traditional undergraduate students on campus


Office hours provided by our faculty during the academic year


Schools and colleges (including graduate and professional programs)

Movers and Shakers

At Mercer, the bear is more than a mascot; it's an attitude. It's a fierce determination to make the most out of your college experience. A bear always wants more and never settles for the status quo.


Mercer Bears flourish in a habitat that encourages spirited interchange and deeper understanding.


Choose from 140 students organizations, and discover what it means to be a leader on campus.


Each year, our Bears raise thousands of dollars and volunteer 20,000+ hours to serve others locally and around the world.


All Mercerians bleed orange and black, especially on game day in support of our NCAA Division I athletics teams.

Meet our Bears

A Heritage of Excellence

Founded in 1833, Mercer is proof that old doesn't always mean ancient.

Historic Campus in Macon

Founded in Penfield, Georgia, Mercer moved to Macon in 1871, where it has been an integral part of the community for nearly 150 years.

Being the Bear

Originally referenced during Mercer's first football game in 1892, the bear mascot was dubbed "Toby" by student vote nearly six decades later.

Top 15% in the U.S.

The Princeton Review consistently ranks Mercer among the best colleges and universities in the nation.

80,000 Alumni Strong and Growing

Mercer's long list of notable grads includes 12 governors, four U.S. senators, and a U.S. attorney general.

"Devote your youthful days to the acquisition of all possible useful knowledge."

- Jesse Mercer, Founder

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