The Making of a Mercerian

At Mercer, everyone majors in changing the world. Students come to Mercer University from all kinds of backgrounds, contributing to a richly diverse and harmonious academic community. While each student is remarkably unique, all Mercerians share common ideals for scholarship, personal character, and achievement. Here, students flourish in an environment that teaches, inspires, and empowers them to develop their strengths and talents in preparation to create real-world solutions that improve the lives of others.

We are looking for students who have a proven record of academic accomplishment combined with personal characteristics of motivation, dedication, curiosity, creativity, and compassion that drive them to excel in their endeavors, lead with conviction, and serve generously.

The Freshman Application

Every applicant is different, which is why we take a holistic approach to our admission decisions. As we evaluate your application for admission into the University's traditional undergraduate program, the following six factors are considered:

  • Academic rigor of high school curriculum
  • Performance and grade point average in high school coursework, including the following required subjects:
  • English 4 units*
    Mathematics 4 units*
    Laboratory Science 3 units*
    Social Science/History 3 units*
    Foreign Language 2 units*
  • Standardized SAT or ACT test scores
  • Extracurricular activities, with emphasis on leadership and service
  • Quality of written expression as reflected in application essay
  • Letter of recommendation from teacher or high school counselor

Important Dates

  • October 1
    The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for submission
  • October 15
    The non-binding Early Action deadline to be considered for the University’s most prestigious scholarships, including full tuition and beyond
  • February 1
    • Deadline to submit the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for priority consideration for federal, state, and University-funded financial aid
    • Regular decision application deadline to be considered for some of the University's most prestigious scholarships, ranging up to full tuition
  • March 15
    Recommended application deadline to receive an invitation to attend our accepted student event, Make It Mercer!, on April 6
  • May 1
    National Decision Day - $500 enrollment deposit due to Mercer University (Deposit early for priority registration and housing assignment.)


  • Early Action is a non-binding admission process that encourages students to apply to Mercer by October 15 for priority scholarship consideration. Students who apply by the Early Action deadline will receive an admission decision during the first week of November.
  • Regular Decision is an admission process that encourages students to apply to Mercer by February 1. Applications submitted by the Regular Decision deadline will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Curious to know if Mercer is a good fit for you? See how your GPA, test scores, and other qualifications compare with our incoming freshman profile.

2018 Freshman Class Profile:

Average SAT Score

Average ACT Score

Average Academic GPA

AP, CLEP, and IB Credit

Students who take Advanced Placement (AP) courses at the high school level and complete the examination administered by the Educational Testing Service are awarded credit based on the score and course equivalent(s) as determined by the appropriate Mercer academic department for each exam. No credit may be awarded for scores of 1 or 2. Applicants should request an official score report from The College Board be sent to the Office of the Registrar.

Credit is also awarded for examinations administered by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Credit is awarded for scores at the 50th percentile or higher on the general and/or subject exams. CLEP credit will not be awarded if a student has already taken the equivalent college-level course.

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) is an internationally recognized curriculum that is taught at numerous high schools in the United States, Canada, and other countries. Mercer awards credit for scores of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level examinations of the IB Program. Score reports should be included with the student’s final high school transcripts or provided by the IB Office.

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AP, CLEP, and IB credits that satisfy University criteria may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree only for courses that are required in the Engineering curriculum.

Students may receive no more than 32 hours of credit from all extra-course examinations, including AP, CLEP, and IB. See the Mercer University Catalog for additional information.

Information for Homeschooled Applicants

Mercer University evaluates home-schooled applicants in a manner that is appropriately comparable to other freshman applicants.

Applicants unable to verify completion of a College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) via transcript from an accredited high school must show academic strength in the CPC subjects through a combination of eight SAT II or Advanced Placement (AP) exams. SAT I and/or ACT test scores are also required to evaluate a student's overall academic qualifications.

English 4 units*
Mathematics (including Algebra II, Geometry and a fourth
mathematics for which Algebra II is a prerequisite)
4 units*
Science (including lab courses from life and physical sciences) 3 units*
Social Science (including United States and World Studies) 3 units*
Foreign Language (both units must be in the same language) 2 units*

* A unit is often referred to as a Carnegie Unit and represents a full academic year of credit.

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