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Academic Divisions
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Macon)
The oldest and largest of the University’s academic units, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is Mercer’s academic cornerstone. The College offers baccalaureate programs in the humanities, fine arts, natural sciences and social sciences, along with a variety of interdisciplinary options. Offering a multitude of pre-professional programs in health, law and theology, the College also provides students a strong liberal arts foundation. The core curriculum blends practical skills, such as critical thinking, clear writing and effective communication, along with a deep engagement with the diversity and richness of the peoples, faiths, cultures, and natural processes in the world. The College’s Great Books Program, which provides students the opportunity for focused study of classic writers and thinkers of the Western world, is recognized among the 21 Best Great Books Programs by Best College Reviews. The Integrative Program combines traditional disciplinary course requirements with three multidisciplinary integrative courses, which require students to wrestle with challenging questions from multiple perspectives and prepare them to make meaningful contributions in a complicated and deeply interconnected world. Students in the College take advantage of a variety of study-abroad opportunities, both through faculty-led programs and those organized through the Mercer On Mission program. In 2015, Mercer was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.
School of Law (Macon)
Founded in 1873, Mercer University’s School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. The Law School is named after Walter F. George, a 1901 Mercer Law School graduate who became a justice of the Georgia State Supreme Court and later a U.S. Senator. Mercer Law School’s educational philosophy is based on a commitment to preparing students for high-quality, general practice in a day-to-day learning environment that is both supportive and professional. Mercer Law School is a two-time recipient of the prestigious ABA Gambrell Professionalism Award for excellence and innovation in ethics and professionalism throughout the curriculum. With an enrollment of approximately 395 students, taught by an outstanding faculty, Mercer Law School is nationally recognized for its programs in legal writing, advocacy training, experiential education and ethics and professionalism.
School of Business (Macon, Atlanta and Centers)
Established in 1984, Mercer University’s School of Business is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who leveraged the first major buyout in corporate history. Over the past 80 years, Mercer has granted more than 12,000 business degrees, and many of its graduates hold senior leadership positions in companies around the world. Mercer’s business school delivers career-focused business education programs and develops entrepreneurial leaders and responsible global citizens.
School of Engineering (Macon)
Mercer’s innovative and academically challenging engineering and engineering-related programs provide students with a comprehensive education, featuring a solid foundation in mathematics and sciences, a core engineering curriculum, a range of courses in engineering specialties and a strong emphasis on communication technologies. The School of Engineering marked its 30th anniversary in 2015, and its undergraduate program is ranked 30th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Known for its breadth of instruction in its undergraduate program and its 4+1 integrated bachelor’s and master’s degree program, Mercer combines technical education with hands-on laboratory experience.
College of Education (Macon, Atlanta and Centers)
Mercer’s Tift College of Education prepares more professional educators than any other private institution in Georgia. It offers baccalaureate and graduate degrees for teacher education, including initial certification and teacher advancement, and educational leadership. Tift College of Education offers programs approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Guided by the conceptual framework of the “Transforming Educator,” the College supports those who aspire to grow professionally throughout their careers, while also seeking to transform the lives of students. Programs are offered on the Macon and Atlanta campuses, as well as Regional Academic Centers in Douglas County and Henry County. In addition, the College offers some online and hybrid graduate-level programs.
School of Theology (Atlanta)
Established in 1996, James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology brings Jesse Mercer’s founding vision of providing students with a classical and theological education full circle as it prepares students for ministry in the church and beyond. McAfee shares Jesse Mercer’s concern that churches have pastor-leaders who understand Scripture and can clearly articulate their Christian beliefs. The School offers master’s and doctoral degrees, along with several ministry concentrations. The innovative, fully-integrated curriculum is taught by nationally recognized scholars who are committed Christians. Along with a network of partner churches, McAfee is affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
College of Professional Advancement (Macon, Atlanta and Centers)
Mercer University’s College of Professional Advancement is committed to serving adult learners and currently enrolls more than 1,100 students. Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs are offered to adult students seeking professional advancement into leadership roles in and beyond their communities. Educational programs support the needs of statistical high-growth and high-demand employment sectors and provide students with a distinctive, multidisciplinary curriculum that integrates theory and practice. Areas of study include counseling and human services, healthcare leadership and administration, liberal arts, public safety and technology. Programs are offered on Mercer’s campuses in Atlanta and Macon, at Regional Academic Centers in Douglas County and Henry County, and online.
School of Music (Macon)
Townsend School of Music is nationally recognized for its artist faculty, award-winning students, wide range of performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities. Townsend offers a thorough and rigorous curriculum, providing a conservatory-quality music education within a university environment. Students benefit from small class sizes and individual instruction from faculty who regularly perform on campus and at major national and international venues. Specialized music programs include the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Church Music Studies.
Mercer University Library
The mission of the Mercer University Library is to serve as a learning-centered gateway of information resources through robust collections and innovative, technology-rich patron services to support the educational, research and service endeavors of the University community. The Mercer Library offers a wide range of print, non-print and electronic resources, including large collections of electronic books and journals available to Mercerians from any location.
The library is actively engaged in the academic enterprise through teaching research and information skills in the classroom, providing effective one-on-one research assistance, consulting with faculty on designed research assignments and offering liaison support and activities to build strong ties between the library and the academic community.
Mercer Health Sciences Center
The Mercer Health Sciences Center, a multi-campus academic health center, encompasses the School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing and College of Health Professions. The Health Sciences Center enrolls more than 2,000 students, employs 400 full-time faculty and staff and annually graduates more than 500 physicians, nurses and nurse educators, as well as family nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists, family therapists, public health professionals and biomedical scientists.
School of Medicine (Macon, Savannah and Columbus)
The School of Medicine was established in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and healthcare needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. The Mercer School of Medicine Doctor of Medicine program utilizes a problem-based education that provides early patient care experiences. The School’s academic environment fosters the development of clinical problem-solving and instills in each student an awareness of the place of the basic medical sciences in medical practice. The School of Medicine operates two four-year campuses. Following their second year, students participate in core clinical clerkships at the School’s primary teaching hospitals: Navicent Health and Coliseum Medical Center in Macon, Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and The Midtown Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. Students also experience clinical and population health clerkships in rural areas of Georgia.
College of Pharmacy (Atlanta)
The College of Pharmacy continues to build on its rich history, tradition of excellence and legacy of caring by offering quality degree programs that provide students with the necessary education and skills for their careers in pharmacy. Mercer is ranked among the top six private pharmacy schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of more than 600 students and a distinguished faculty of scientists and clinicians, the College houses several centers focusing on research, teaching and learning. The College’s motto, “A Tradition of Excellence, A Legacy of Caring,” frames its philosophy of providing excellent academic programs in an environment where every student matters and every person counts.
College of Nursing (Atlanta)
Mercer’s nationally recognized Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, the oldest nursing program in Georgia, is grounded in the heritage of educating students to provide superior nursing care. All undergraduate nursing students are members of the National Student Nurses Association, thus providing them excellent leadership and professional development opportunities. Mercer’s distinguished nursing faculty is dedicated to the development of professional nurses committed to scholarship, leadership, practice, research and service within a culture of academic excellence.
College of Health Professions (Macon and Atlanta)
The College of Health Professions is composed of five disciplines: physical therapy, physician assistant studies, public health, clinical psychology and athletic training. In addition to its degree offerings, the College offers post-professional residencies and fellowships and operates an onsite physical therapy clinic. With an overall enrollment of more than 540 students, the College seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals and society through excellence in teaching, research and service.
Mercer Engineering Research Center
Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the nonprofit applied research operating unit of Mercer University. MERC’s core competencies include electrical, mechanical and electromechanical systems design, development and testing; complex system modeling and simulation; information systems technology; structural analysis; reverse engineering and modernization; industrial systems design; materials testing; biomechanics and human factors; and cybersecurity.
MERC also offers internships for Mercer students. Interns work closely with MERC engineers and scientists in a broad range of areas supporting the execution of contracts. This opportunity allows students to obtain hands-on experience, adding depth to their education while gaining a better understanding of expertise provided to customers in solving real-world problems.
Mercer University Press
Mercer University Press has published more than 1,550 books since its establishment in 1979. The press publishes approximately 30 to 32 new books each year in the areas of religion, philosophy, Southern history, regional studies and creative writing and holds membership in the Association of University Presses.
University Athletics
Mercer University is the only NCAA Division I private institution in Georgia and competes in the historic Southern Conference. In the 2018-2019 academic year, 73 percent of Mercer student-athletes achieved a GPA of 3.0 or better. The GPA for all student-athletes for the year was 3.412. Mercer athletes led the SoCon with 309 named to the Academic Honor Roll, including 79 who earned a 4.0 GPA. Mercer’s 18 intercollegiate teams include men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis; and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, beach volleyball, track and volleyball. Other members of the Southern Conference include: the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, East Tennessee State University, Furman University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Samford University, The Citadel, Virginia Military Institute, Western Carolina University and Wofford College.