About Mercer

Our mission isn’t just what we live by – it’s who we are. We’ve been teaching, creating and serving for more than 185 years.

Mission and Vision

Facts and Figures

By the Numbers

Mercer University remains one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning.

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  • 9,164

    Total student enrollment

  • 2,056

    Faculty and staff members

  • 38

    Countries that students are from

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Our Traditions

From school colors to annual events, Mercer is packed with proud traditions that have made the University what it is today.

Mercer is special to me because everyone is different. You can be a traditional student and go here during the day. You can be a night student and work during the day and go at night. Everyone comes from a different background … but when we all come together in the classroom, all of that kind of goes away, and we all can have discussions about our common interest.

Kayla Bolden, College of Health Professions, ‘22

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Impact stories

The Hallmarks of Our Institution

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Discovery and Innovation

Opportunities Set Mercer Students Apart

Undergraduate research is central to Mercer’s commitment to experiential learning. And because of the University’s special focus on integrating research and service, students have unparalleled opportunities to impact the world around them.

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Our History

Our story begins in 1833 with a group of trailblazing Georgia Baptists, including our namesake Jesse Mercer.