Mercer University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$28,695
12.4% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$21,693
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
3.56%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
78.2%
5,651 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
9,006
79.1% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
73.2%
587 Graduates

About

Mercer University is a higher education institution located in Bibb County, GA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Mercer University were Registered Nursing (157 degrees awarded), General Engineering (146 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (70 degrees).

In 2020, 2,723 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Mercer University. 66.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,272 degrees), 1.76 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (723 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Mercer University is $28,695, which is $66 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Mercer University is $28,695, which is $66 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,693.

In 2020, 93% of undergraduate students attending Mercer University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 56% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$28,695
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Mercer University was $28,695. The cost of tuition at Mercer University is $66 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$21,693
2020 Value
0.0138%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Mercer University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,693. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Mercer University grew by 0.0138%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,036
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Mercer University was of $12,036 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board decreased by 0.273% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

93%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
56%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

93% of undergraduate students at Mercer University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.09% with respect to 2019, when 92% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.56%
2018 Default Rate
85
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Mercer University was 3.56%, which represents 85 out of the 2386 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Mercer University received 5,651 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 12.3% annual growth. Out of those 5,651 applicants, 4,417 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 78.2% acceptance rate.

There were 9,006 students enrolled at Mercer University in 2020, and 50% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Mercer University has an overall enrollment yield of 19.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

78.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
4,417
Accepted Out of 5,651

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Mercer University was 78.2% (4,417 admissions from 5,651 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 74.2%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 12.3%, while admissions grew by 18.2%.

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SAT Scores

50%
Submission Percentage
434
Scores Submitted

50% of enrolled first-time students at Mercer University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Mercer University has a total enrollment of 9,006 students. The full-time enrollment at Mercer University is 7,126 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,880. This means that 79.1% of students enrolled at Mercer University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Mercer University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 44.7% White, 31.3% Black or African American, 8.85% Asian, 5.9% Hispanic or Latino, 2.62% Two or More Races, 0.155% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.111% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Mercer University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (27.5%), followed by White Male (21.4%) and Black or African American Female (18.7%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (28.9%), followed by Black or African American Female (19.7%) and White Male (18.8%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

79.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Mercer University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,006 students. The full-time enrollment at Mercer University is 7,126 and the part-time enrollment is 1,880. This means that 79.1% of students enrolled at Mercer University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%
2020 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 87%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), Mercer University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,030
  2. Black or African American
    2,823
  3. Asian
    797

The enrolled student population at Mercer University is 44.7% White, 31.3% Black or African American, 8.85% Asian, 5.9% Hispanic or Latino, 2.62% Two or More Races, 0.155% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.111% 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 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 895 more women than men received degrees from Mercer University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Mercer University is white (1,272 degrees awarded). There were 1.76 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (723 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Mercer University is Registered Nursing (157 degrees awarded), followed by General Engineering (146 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (70 degrees).

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 (131 degrees awarded), Theology (42 degrees), and Education (359 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,710,038 people), Secondary school teachers (388,993 people), Software developers (363,386 people), Other managers (362,050 people), and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (315,789 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercer University are Legal (131 degrees awarded), Theology (42 degrees), Education (359 degrees), Language & Linguistics (39 degrees), and Engineering (214 degrees).

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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 Surgeons, Physicians, Sales engineers, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Mercer University are Legal (131 degrees awarded), Theology (42 degrees), Education (359 degrees), Language & Linguistics (39 degrees), and Engineering (214 degrees).

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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 (2,735,520 people), Computer Systems Design (425,951 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (407,020 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (376,438 people), and Construction (298,182 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercer University are Legal (131 degrees awarded), Theology (42 degrees), Education (359 degrees), Language & Linguistics (39 degrees), and Engineering (214 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Mercer University.
Most Common
  1. 157 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 146 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 70 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Mercer University was Registered Nursing with 157 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

914
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,809
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 914 degrees were awarded to men at Mercer University, which is 0.505 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,809).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 108 degrees were awarded to men at Mercer University in General Business, which is 0.982 times less than the 110 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 151 degrees were awarded to women at Mercer University in Elementary Education & Teaching, which is 25.2 times more than the 6 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

49%
100% Completion Time
66%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 49% of students graduating from Mercer University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 66% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 68% within 200%.

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Diversity

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 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 (72.4%).

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, 3.41% of graduates (20 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,272 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    723 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    253 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Mercer University is white (1,272 degrees awarded). There were 1.76 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (723 degrees).

5.84% of degree recipients (159 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    774 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    568 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    498 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Mercer University is white female (774 degrees awarded). There were 1.36 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (568 degrees).

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Operations

Mercer University has an endowment valued at nearly $361M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.28M (0.631%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Mercer University had a total salary expenditure of $293M. Mercer University employs 121 Assistant professors, 117 Associate professors, and 111 Professors. Most academics at Mercer University are Female Assistant professors (82), Male Professors(75), and Female Associate professors (61).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercer University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 261 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 151 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 142 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$361M
2020 Endowment
4.03%
decline from 2019

Mercer University has an endowment valued at about $361M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Mercer University declined 4.03% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $59.5M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $47.9M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Mercer University received $47.9M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$136M
2020 Salaries
5.09%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Mercer University paid a median of $136M in salaries, which represents 46.3% of their overall expenditure ($293M) and a 5.09% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.73% growth from 2018 and a 1.71% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$32.2M
Instructional Salaries
385
Number of Employees

In 2020, Mercer University paid a total of $32.2M to 385 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
121 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
261 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Mercer University were Assistant professor with 121 employees; Associate professor with 117 employees; and Associate professor with 111 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercer University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 261 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 151 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 142 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Mercer University was Female Assistant professor with 82 employees, Male Professor with 75 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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