Mercer University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$24,180

30.6% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$21,268

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

5.76%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

73.3%

4,749 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

8,653

80.5% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

63.8%

360 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 (128 degrees awarded), General Engineering (95 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (66 degrees).

In 2017, 2,392 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Mercer University. 63% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,230 degrees), 1.9 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (648 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Mercer University is $24,180, which is $-2,320 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Mercer University is $24,180, which is $-2,320 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,268.

In 2017, 91% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 64% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$24,180

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Mercer University was $24,180. The cost of tuition at Mercer University is $-2,320 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$21,268

2017 Value

2.78%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Mercer University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,268. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Mercer University grew by 2.78%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,106

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Mercer University was of $11,106 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 1.91% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

91%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

64%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

91% of undergraduate students at Mercer University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.11% with respect to 2016, when 90% 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.

5.76%

2016 Default Rate

146

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Mercer University was 5.76%, which represents 146 out of the 2533 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 4,749 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 1.8% annual decline. Out of those 4,749 applicants, 3,479 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 73.3% acceptance rate.

There were 8,653 students enrolled at Mercer University in 2017, and 46% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Mercer University has an overall enrollment yield of 25.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

73.3%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

3,479

Accepted Out of 4,749

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Mercer University was 73.3% (3,479 admissions from 4,749 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 69.4%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -1.8%, while admissions grew by 3.73%.

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SAT Scores

46%

Submission Percentage

410

Scores Submitted

46% of enrolled first-time students at Mercer University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Mercer University has a total enrollment of 8,653 students. The full-time enrollment at Mercer University is 6,967 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,686. This means that 80.5% of students enrolled at Mercer University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Mercer University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 46.6% White, 29.8% Black or African American, 8.45% Asian, 4.68% Hispanic or Latino, 2.32% Two or More Races, 0.22% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0925% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Mercer University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (28.8%), followed by White Male (22%) and Black or African American Female (17.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (27.4%), followed by White Male (21.4%) and Black or African American Female (18.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

80.5%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Mercer University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,653 students. The full-time enrollment at Mercer University is 6,967 and the part-time enrollment is 1,686. This means that 80.5% of students enrolled at Mercer University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

86%

2017 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 (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

    4,032

  2. Black or African American

    2,577

  3. Asian

    731

The enrolled student population at Mercer University is 46.6% White, 29.8% Black or African American, 8.45% Asian, 4.68% Hispanic or Latino, 2.32% Two or More Races, 0.22% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0925% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 427 students (4.93%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 622 more women than men received degrees from Mercer University. The majority of degree recipients at Mercer University are white (1,230 degrees awarded). There were 1.9 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (648 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Mercer University is Registered Nursing (128 degrees awarded), followed by General Engineering (95 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (66 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 (130 degrees awarded), Theology (53 degrees), and Education (327 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 (1,993,610 people), Physicians (425,355 people), Secondary school teachers (328,502 people), Education administrators (309,388 people), and Postsecondary teachers (245,805 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercer University are Legal (130 degrees awarded), Theology (53 degrees), Education (327 degrees), Psychology (151 degrees), and Biology (125 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, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Physicians, Nurse anesthetists, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Mercer University are Legal (130 degrees awarded), Theology (53 degrees), Education (327 degrees), Psychology (151 degrees), and Biology (125 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 (3,038,038 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (672,758 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (562,708 people), Offices of physicians (227,112 people), and Outpatient care centers (225,790 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercer University are Legal (130 degrees awarded), Theology (53 degrees), Education (327 degrees), Psychology (151 degrees), and Biology (125 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. 128 degrees awarded

  2. 95 degrees awarded

  3. 66 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Mercer University was Registered Nursing with 128 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 885

  2. 1,507

In 2017, 885 degrees were awarded to men at Mercer University, which is 0.587 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,507).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 111 degrees were awarded to men at Mercer University in General Business, which is 1.29 times more than the 86 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 153 degrees were awarded to women at Mercer University in Elementary Education & Teaching, which is 19.1 times more than the 8 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

47%

100% Completion Time

61%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 47% of students graduating from Mercer University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 61% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 63% 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.

Two or More Races Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Mercer University is Female and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 5.56% 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

    1,230 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    648 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    145 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Mercer University is white (1,230 degrees awarded). There were 1.9 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (648 degrees).

5.39% of degree recipients (129 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    710 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    520 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    488 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Mercer University is white female (710 degrees awarded). There were 1.37 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (520 degrees).

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Operations

Mercer University has an endowment valued at nearly $319M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $37M (11.6%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Mercer University had a total salary expenditure of $265M. Mercer University employs 126 Associate professors, 116 Assistant professors, and 111 Professors. Most academics at Mercer University are Male Professors (73), Female Assistant professors(71), and Female Associate professors (66).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercer University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 178 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 162 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 140 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$319M

2017 Endowment

15.8%

growth from 2016

Mercer University has an endowment valued at about $319M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Mercer University grew 15.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $32.6M 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. $26M - Federal

  2. $203k - State

  3. $141k - Local

As of 2017, Mercer University received $26M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $203k from state grants and contracts, and $141k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$122M

2017 Salaries

1.59%

decline from 2016

In 2017, Mercer University paid a median of $122M in salaries, which represents 46.1% of their overall expenditure ($265M) and a 1.59% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.18% growth from 2015 and a 0.7% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$31M

Instructional Salaries

384

Number of Employees

In 2017, Mercer University paid a total of $31M to 384 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $25.2M (35.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

126 Employees

Computer, Engineering, and Science

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

178 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Mercer University were Associate professor with 126 employees; Assistant professor with 116 employees; and Assistant professor with 111 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercer University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 178 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 162 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 140 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Mercer University was Male Professor with 73 employees, Female Assistant professor with 71 employees, and Female Associate professor with 66 employees.

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

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