Common Data Set

The Common Data Set (CDS) 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, which was developed based on cooperation between publishers (College Board, Wintergreen/Orchard House, 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 original campus in Macon, 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 Mercer's 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 and is the second largest Baptist-affiliated institution in the world.  In addition to undergraduate level offerings, programs at the graduate and professional level are offered.  For additional information on Mercer's academic programs, visit the home pages of the academic colleges and schools of Mercer.

For questions or more information, contact Sarah E. May, Director of Institutional Research, at or (478) 301-2413. Cindy Glance, Institutional Research Analyst is available at or (478) 301-2473.

College Board Common Data Set


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