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Undergrad Profile

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. Because that impacts the rest of your life. A Bear always wants more and never settles for the status quo.

Mercer Bears don’t just learn—they master
Mercer University’s distinctive academic programs and experiential opportunities set our Bears apart, shaping who they are and how they use their skills. 

Regardless of field of study, students have many opportunities to conduct undergraduate research. Collaborate side by side with respected faculty on real issues—like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes research—and contribute findings, discoveries, and solutions toward great advances in science and technology.

Start preparing for your future career on day one. Mercer’s 13 pre-professional tracks prepare students for graduate or professional school by pairing them with an advisor who guides them through fulfillment of undergraduate prerequisites as well as the application process for graduate or professional school. Our students apply what they’ve learned in class before graduation through internship opportunities with top industry names. In addition, our Special Consideration Programs to Mercer’s School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Health Professions, Stetson School of Business and Economics, Walter F. George School of Law, and Georgia Baptist College of Nursing offer qualified undergraduates a competitive advantage over other grad school applicants.

Mercer Bears don’t just accomplish—they thrive
The Mercer brand of leadership is built on our core values of service, integrity, and advocacy. For decades Mercer Bears have gone on to hold positions of leadership where they can advocate for positive change in their communities and all around the world. Notable Mercerians include 12 governors, four United States senators, a US attorney general, and numerous professionals and innovators.

Our Bears have redefined the meaning of the word “involved”—balancing Mercer’s demanding academics with enthusiastic participation in a wide range of student activities. Begin cultivating your personal leadership style and unique strengths from the start of your freshman year through leadership-building and service-oriented academic programs and 140 diverse student organizations.

Mercer students and faculty collaborate frequently to raise awareness—and standards—and evoke global change. Mercer On Mission, the University’s most distinctive program, empowers students to use what they have learned in the classroom and travel abroad to transform lives and change the world. Mercer Bears have traveled to more than 30 countries, providing medical care, relief assistance, and education.

Mercer Bears don’t just compete—they dominate
Mercer University is a proud longtime member of NCAA Division I athletics. Attend any game or match on campus and you’ll witness fierce dedication, spirit, and pride. You will see a lot of orange and black. And you will feel what it’s like to be a part of Bear Territory.

Most of the Bears’ 18 men’s and women’s sports compete in the historic Southern Conference, and Mercer’s student-athletes exhibit the same level of intensity and commitment in the classroom as they do on the court and field.

Mercer Bears command respect and walk with confidence
A Mercer degree is an important investment in your future. For almost two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Mercer among the leading universities in the South—including a “best value”—and The Princeton Review consistently ranks Mercer in the top 15% of colleges and universities nationwide.

We are committed to making academic excellence affordable, and many Mercer students earn scholarships for academic achievement, exceptional talent, community service, and leadership.

Welcome to Bear Territory
Mercer’s historic undergraduate campus is located in Macon, Georgia. Some call it a big city. Others say it’s a small town. We believe it’s just right—and we think you’ll agree.

With proximity to the bright lights of Atlanta and the beaches of the Georgia and Florida coasts, Macon boasts regal historical landmarks, a legendary music heritage, a trendy arts and culture scene, lively local hangouts, and a little something for everyone.

Do you have what it takes to be a Mercer Bear?
Explore more about Mercer and schedule your personal visit to Bear Territory at If you’re ready to become a Mercerian, apply online either through the Mercer application or the Common Application.




• Founded in 1833
• 12 schools and colleges
• 130+ fields of study
• 65+ undergraduate majors
• Bachelor’s, master’s, post-master’s certificate, doctoral, and professional degrees offered
• 2,900+ traditional undergraduate students
• 8,600+ total University students
• 13:1 student-faculty ratio
• Average class size of 21
• Traditional undergraduate campus in Macon, Georgia
• Graduate and professional campuses in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia