Mercer University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$34,830

1.99% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$20,692

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

4.92%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

69.4%

4,836 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

8,615

79% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

66.3%

395 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 (121 degrees awarded), General Engineering (75 degrees), and General Business (70 degrees).

In 2016, 2,445 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Mercer University. 61.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.1% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,222 degrees), 1.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (678 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Mercer University is $34,830, which is $8,974 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Mercer University is $34,830, which is $8,974 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,692.

In 2016, 90% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 65% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$34,830

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Mercer University was $34,830. The cost of tuition at Mercer University is $8,974 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$20,692

2016 Value

1.93%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Mercer University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,692. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Mercer University grew by 1.93%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,898

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Mercer University was of $10,898 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 2.06% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

90%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

65%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

90% of undergraduate students at Mercer University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 5.88% with respect to 2015, when 85% 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.

4.92%

2015 Default Rate

128

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Mercer University was 4.92%, which represents 128 out of the 2599 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Mercer University received 4,836 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 6.08% annual growth. Out of those 4,836 applicants, 3,354 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 69.4% acceptance rate.

There were 8,615 students enrolled at Mercer University in 2016, and 46% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Mercer University has an overall enrollment yield of 24.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

69.4%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

3,354

Accepted Out of 4,836

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Mercer University was 69.4% (3,354 admissions from 4,836 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 66.9%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 6.08%, while admissions grew by 10%.

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SAT Scores

46%

Submission Percentage

380

Scores Submitted

46% of enrolled first-time students at Mercer University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Mercer University has a total enrollment of 8,615 students. The full-time enrollment at Mercer University is 6,809 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,806. This means that 79% of students enrolled at Mercer University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Mercer University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 48% White, 29.7% Black or African American, 7.63% Asian, 4.45% Hispanic or Latino, 2.17% Two or More Races, 0.255% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.163% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Mercer University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (28.1%), followed by White Male (23.3%) and Black or African American Female (17.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (28.9%), followed by White Male (23.1%) and Black or African American Female (17.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

79%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Mercer University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,615 students. The full-time enrollment at Mercer University is 6,809 and the part-time enrollment is 1,806. This means that 79% of students enrolled at Mercer University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

88%

2016 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 88%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), 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

    4,132

  2. Black or African American

    2,562

  3. Asian

    657

The enrolled student population at Mercer University is 48% White, 29.7% Black or African American, 7.63% Asian, 4.45% Hispanic or Latino, 2.17% Two or More Races, 0.255% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.163% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 425 students (4.93%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 581 more women than men received degrees from Mercer University. The majority of degree recipients at Mercer University are white (1,222 degrees awarded). There were 1.8 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (678 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Mercer University is Registered Nursing (121 degrees awarded), followed by General Engineering (75 degrees) and General Business (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 (168 degrees awarded), Theology (56 degrees), and Education (391 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 (1,962,908 people), Secondary school teachers (315,729 people), Education administrators (288,193 people), Counselors (240,331 people), and Miscellaneous managers (186,199 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercer University are Legal (168 degrees awarded), Theology (56 degrees), Education (391 degrees), Language & Linguistics (29 degrees), and Psychology (136 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mercer University are Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Real estate brokers & sales agents, Physicians & surgeons, Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing, and Credit counselors & loan officers

The most specialized majors at Mercer University are Legal (168 degrees awarded), Theology (56 degrees), Education (391 degrees), Language & Linguistics (29 degrees), and Psychology (136 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 (2,987,885 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (369,891 people), Hospitals (283,992 people), Individual & family services (172,456 people), and Outpatient care centers (151,117 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercer University are Legal (168 degrees awarded), Theology (56 degrees), Education (391 degrees), Language & Linguistics (29 degrees), and Psychology (136 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. 121 degrees awarded

  2. 75 degrees awarded

  3. 70 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Mercer University was Registered Nursing with 121 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 932

  2. 1,513

In 2016, 932 degrees were awarded to men at Mercer University, which is 0.616 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,513).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 140 degrees were awarded to men at Mercer University in General Business, which is 1.33 times more than the 105 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 185 degrees were awarded to women at Mercer University in Elementary Education & Teaching, which is 16.8 times more than the 11 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

48%

100% Completion Time

63%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 48% of students graduating from Mercer University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 63% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 64% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

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 (67.2%).

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, 0.759% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,222 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    678 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    177 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Mercer University is white (1,222 degrees awarded). There were 1.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (678 degrees).

5.07% of degree recipients (124 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    705 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    517 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    486 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Mercer University is white female (705 degrees awarded). There were 1.36 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (517 degrees).

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Operations

Mercer University has an endowment valued at nearly $251M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $-539k (-0.215%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Mercer University had a total expenditure of $259M. Of that $259M, they spent $123M on salaries and $259M on benefits.

Mercer University employs 138 Associate professors, 116 Assistant professors, and 106 Professors. Most academics at Mercer University are Female Associate professors (72), Male Professors(71), and Female Assistant professors (69).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercer University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 184 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 158 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 143 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$251M

2015 Endowment

2.26%

decline from 2014

Mercer University has an endowment valued at about $251M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Mercer University declined 2.26% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $19.8M lower 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. $28.9M - Federal

  2. $191k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Mercer University received $28.9M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $191k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$123M

Salary Expenditure

$259M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Mercer University had a total expenditure of $259M. Of that $259M, they spent $123M on salaries and $259M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Mercer University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$123M

2015 Salaries

0.7%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Mercer University paid a median of $123M in salaries, which represents 47.4% of their overall expenditure ($259M) and a 0.7% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.11% growth from 2013 and a 4.08% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$31.2M

Instructional Salaries

402

Number of Employees

In 2015, Mercer University paid a total of $31.2M to 402 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

138 Employees

Computer, Engineering, and Science

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

184 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Mercer University were Associate professor with 138 employees; Assistant professor with 116 employees; and Assistant professor with 106 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercer University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 184 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 158 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 143 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Associate professor

  2. Male Professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Mercer University was Female Associate professor with 72 employees, Male Professor with 71 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 69 employees.

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

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