Mercer University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Mercer University is a comprehensive private university with an acceptance rate of 72%. Comprised of 12 schools and colleges, Mercer's main campus is located in Macon, Georgia. Popular undergraduate majors include business, engineering, and biology/life sciences. Academics are supported by a 13-to-1 student / faculty ratio. In athletics, the Mercer Bears compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference.

Considering applying to Mercer University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Mercer University had an acceptance rate of 72%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 72 students were admitted, making Mercer's acceptance process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 5,454
Percent Admitted 72%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 25%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Mercer University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 53% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 600 670
Math 580 670
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Mercer's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Mercer scored between 600 and 670, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 580 and 670, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 670. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1340 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Mercer University.

Requirements

Mercer does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Mercer participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Mercer University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 47% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 32
Math 24 28
Composite 25 30

This admissions data tells us that most of Mercer's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Mercer received a composite ACT score between 25 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Mercer University does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Mercer superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Mercer University's incoming freshmen class was 3.94. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Mercer University have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Mercer University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Mercer University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Mercer University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Mercer University, which accepts fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind, however, that Mercer also has a holistic admissions process and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and a glowing letter of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Mercer's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of students who were admitted had a high school GPA of 3.2 or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1100 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or higher. Test scores slightly above this lower range will improve your chances measurably.

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