MACON, Ga. – For the second straight year, Mercer University welcomed its largest-ever class of incoming students, as 834 new Macon campus undergraduates, including 728 freshmen and 106 transfer students, enrolled for fall classes. The freshman enrollment represents a 13 percent increase over last year's total of 645.
"We are experiencing significant momentum across the University, from new innovative academic programs like the Center for Collaborative Journalism to outstanding facilities like the new Cruz Plaza. Prospective students are discovering the value that the Mercer experience has to offer, and we are definitely seeing the impact of that with enrollment growth throughout the institution," said Dr. Penny Elkins, senior vice president for enrollment management.
The average high school grade point average for this fall's entering freshmen was 3.7, with almost half finishing in the top 10 percent of their high school classes and 28 graduating as valedictorians. The academic strength of the new class was also demonstrated in the 25th/75th percentile SAT scores, which were 1090/1270.
Mercer's Walter F. George School of Law and its College of Pharmacy also enrolled record numbers of first-year students.
Final fall enrollment figures for the University, which has campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah, will be released in late October.
About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 12 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing, health professions, and continuing and professional studies – on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah – and four regional academic centers across the state. The Mercer Health Sciences Center, launched July 1, 2012, includes the University's medical, nursing, health sciences and pharmacy schools. Mercer is affiliated with four teaching hospitals – Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The University also has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. www.mercer.edu