Common Data Set

This document is a standard response to college guides and other surveys requesting information about Mercer University. It provides a quick and easy way to find out basic information about Mercer. The document follows the format of the Common Data Set (CDS), which was developed based on cooperation between publishers (College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News and World Report) and colleges.  

The focus of the CDS is undergraduate programs. Mercer University has several distinct programs for undergraduate degree-seeking students: 

  1. The"traditional" program is offered on the Macon Campus in Georgia; it is a daytime program geared toward traditional age, first-time college students. 
  2. Mercer offers an evening and weekend continuing education program geared toward adults held at off-campus centers around the state of Georgia. 
  3. The Atlanta Campus offers upper division undergraduate courses leading to a BBA in business. 
  4. The Georgia Baptist College of Nursing offers undergraduate nursing degrees in Atlanta. 

Therefore, the CDS format has been modified where appropriate to delineate figures for each program separately.  Responses to most sections are limited to the traditional undergraduate program because the information is most relevant to that population, and because policies, requirements, costs, and options vary by program.

Mercer University was founded in 1833.  In addition to undergraduate level offerings, programs at the graduate and professional level are offered.  Mercer's main campus is located in Macon.  Atlanta is the home of Mercer's Cecil B. Day Campus, and four off-campus centers located in the Atlanta and Central Georgia areas offer degree tracks for non-traditional students.  For additional information on Mercer's academic programs, visit the home pages of the academic colleges and schools of Mercer.

Sarah E. May is the Director of Institutional Research. She can be contacted at or (478) 301-2413. Cindy Glance, Institutional Research Analyst, can be reached at or (478) 301-2473.

College Board Common Data Set


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