19 Nov Mercer University
Mercer University is one of the oldest and most distinctive universities in the country. Founded in 1833, the private independent Baptist school offers programs from undergraduate liberal arts to doctoral level programs. The university enrolls more than 8,200 students on its campuses in Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah, Georgia. There are also four Regional Academic Centers in the state. Mercer is the only university of its size in the U.S. to offer programs in 11 diversified fields of study: liberal arts, education, business, music, engineering, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law, theology, and continuing and professional studies.
Mercer’s main campus is the historic campus in Macon, which dates from 1871. The School of Law is also located in Macon. The new School of Medicine is located on the Savannah campus. There are teaching hospitals in both Macon and Savannah.
The university’s Atlanta campus is located just inside the perimeter in northeast Atlanta off I-85 and Chamblee Tucker Road. The modern campus occupies 200 heavily wooded acres and is named the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus, after the founder of Days Inns. Mercer first expanded to the Atlanta area in 1959 with its School of Pharmacy. In 1972 Mercer merged with Atlanta Baptist College and their campus became Mercer’s Atlanta campus. The Atlanta campus is the home of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the McAfee School of Theology, the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, and programs in the Stetson School of Business, the Tift College of Education, and the English Language Institute. The Atlanta campus also offers a library, a student center, and student housing.
Mercer University has 15 intercollegiate sports teams that play in NCAA Division I. The Mercer Bears participate in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The newest sport to be offered is men’s lacrosse, which was added in 2010. Mercer has announced that it will reinstate football in the fall of 2013, after a 70 year hiatus.
The Princeton Review and US News & World Reports consistently rank Mercer among the leading institutions in the U.S. A Mercer hallmark since the beginning has been service to others, rooted in their faith based mission. The university has often been recognized for its distinguished community service, and the Princeton Review has named Mercer as one of its “Colleges with a Conscience.”