Mercer University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$30,017
3.42% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$22,087
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.04%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
74.7%
7,556 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
8,889
78.4% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
73.5%
605 Graduates

About

Mercer University is a higher education institution located in Bibb County, GA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Mercer University were Registered Nursing (217 degrees awarded), General Engineering (131 degrees), and General Psychology (84 degrees).

In 2022, 2,845 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Mercer University. 67% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,320 degrees), 1.55 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (849 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Mercer University is $30,017, which is $−133 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Mercer University is $30,017, which is $−133 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $22,087.

In 2022, 95% of undergraduate students attending Mercer University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 55% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$30,017
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Mercer University was $30,017. The cost of tuition at Mercer University is $−133 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$22,087
2022 Value
4.36%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Mercer University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $22,087. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Mercer University grew by 4.36%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,438
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Mercer University was of $13,438 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 2.82% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

95%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
55%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

95% of undergraduate students at Mercer University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 4.4% with respect to 2021, when 91% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.04%
2019 Default Rate
24
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Mercer University was 1.04%, which represents 24 out of the 2297 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Mercer University received 7,556 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 4.93% annual growth. Out of those 7,556 applicants, 5,643 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 74.7% acceptance rate.

There were 8,889 students enrolled at Mercer University in 2022. 37% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Mercer University has an overall enrollment yield of 15.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

74.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
5,643
Accepted Out of 7,556

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Mercer University was 74.7% (5,643 admissions from 7,556 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 75.4%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 4.93%, while admissions grew by 3.92%..

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SAT Scores

37%
Submission Percentage (2022)
329
Scores Submitted (2022)

37% of enrolled first-time students at Mercer University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Mercer University had a total enrollment of 8,889 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Mercer University is 6,971 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,918. This means that 78.4% of students enrolled at Mercer University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Mercer University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 44.1% White, 31.9% Black or African American, 8.38% Asian, 6.58% Hispanic or Latino, 3.24% Two or More Races, 0.146% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.101% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Mercer University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (26.2%), followed by Black or African American Female (20.7%) and White Male (20.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.4%), followed by Black or African American Female (20.7%) and White Male (18%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

78.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Mercer University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,889 students. The full-time enrollment at Mercer University is 6,971 and the part-time enrollment is 1,918. This means that 78.4% of students enrolled at Mercer University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

86%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Mercer University was 86%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Mercer University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    3,922 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    2,840 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    745 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Mercer University is 44.1% White, 31.9% Black or African American, 8.38% Asian, 6.58% Hispanic or Latino, 3.24% Two or More Races, 0.146% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.101% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 219 students (2.46%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 965 more women than men received degrees from Mercer University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Mercer University is white (1,320 degrees awarded). There were 1.55 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (849 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Mercer University is Registered Nursing (217 degrees awarded), followed by General Engineering (131 degrees) and General Psychology (84 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Mercer University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Legal (119 degrees awarded), Theology (33 degrees), and Education (367 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mercer University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,565,951 people), Secondary school teachers (470,236 people), Software developers (438,177 people), Other managers (376,792 people), and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (344,901 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercer University in 2022 are Legal (119 degrees awarded), Theology (33 degrees), Education (367 degrees), Language & Linguistics (33 degrees), and Engineering (191 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mercer University are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Mercer University are Legal (119 degrees awarded), Theology (33 degrees), Education (367 degrees), Language & Linguistics (33 degrees), and Engineering (191 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mercer University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,751,698 people), Computer Systems Design (480,578 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (433,320 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (391,575 people), and Construction (328,898 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercer University are Legal (119 degrees awarded), Theology (33 degrees), Education (367 degrees), Language & Linguistics (33 degrees), and Engineering (191 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

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Most Common (2022)
  1. 217 degrees awarded
  2. 131 degrees awarded
  3. 84 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Mercer University was Registered Nursing with 217 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

940
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,905
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 940 degrees were awarded to men at Mercer University, which is 0.493 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,905).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 110 degrees were awarded to men at Mercer University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.965 times less than the 114 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 189 degrees were awarded to men at Mercer University in Elementary Education & Teaching, which is 15.8 times more than the 12 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

62%
100% Completion Time
73%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 62% of students graduating from Mercer University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 73% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 74% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Mercer University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.31% of graduates (20 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,320 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    849 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    257 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Mercer University is white (1,320 degrees awarded). There were 1.55 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (849 degrees).

2.92% of degree recipients (83 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    809 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    652 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    511 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Mercer University is white female (809 degrees awarded). There were 1.24 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (652 degrees).

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Operations

Mercer University has an endowment valued at nearly $453M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−5.99%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Mercer University had a total salary expenditure of 318M. Mercer University employs 146 Assistant professors, 116 Associate professors and 112 Professors. Most academics at Mercer University are Female Assistant professor (93), Male Professor (73), and Female Associate professor (61).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercer University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 208 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 153 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 135 employees.

Endowment

$453M
2022 Endowment
4.82%
decline from 2021

Mercer University has an endowment valued at about $453M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Mercer University declined 4.82% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $79.7M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$143M
2022 Salaries
2.15%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Mercer University paid a median of $143M in salaries, which represents 45% of their overall expenditure ($318M) and a 2.15% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$35.9M
Instructional Salaries
403
Number of Employees

In 2022, Mercer University paid a total of $35.9M to 403 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
146 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
208 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Mercer University were Assistant professor with 146 employees, Associate professor with 116 employees, and Professor with 112 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercer University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 208 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 153 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 135 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Mercer University was Female Assistant professor with 93 employees, Male Professor with 73 employees, and Female Associate professor with 61 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Mercer University.

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