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Macon, Georgia

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Your chances of getting into Mercer University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

74.7%
Admission Difficulty for Mercer University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Mercer is 74.7%.  Its admission rate is the 34th lowest in Georgia.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Mercer and can you get accepted?

Mercer is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 5,643 out of the 7,556 who applied were admitted.

Mercer University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.98. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Mercer?

75% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Mercer University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.98 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1280 on the SAT
  • Score 28 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

Mercer GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.98

Typical High School Grades 

A-

What GPA do you need to get into Mercer University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Mercer are to have around a 3.98 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Mercer accepts 75% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Mercer is 3.98 on the 4.0 scale. 35% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #2 in Georgia for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Mercer is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 4.0 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Mercer University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 34.8% Good
3.75 to 3.99 38.5% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 20.5% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 4.7% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 1.1% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.4% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Mercer SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Mercer University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 37% of students submitted SAT scores and 20% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1190-1360

Applicants Submitting SAT 

37%
SAT Scores for Mercer University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 600
Math 25th Percentile 590
Composite 25th Percentile 1190
SAT Scores for Mercer University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 680
Math 75th Percentile 680
Composite 75th Percentile 1360
Average SAT Score 1280

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Mercer University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Mercer is 1280 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1190-1360. Students who get into Mercer University score in the top 26 percent of all SAT test takers..  Mercer ranks #4 in the state of Georgia and #221 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1280 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Mercer regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1190 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1190, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1100, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Mercer University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1280 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1275, you have around a 75% chance of being admitted. A 1360 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 85% chance of getting in.

Mercer University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1360 and Above Good >85%
1275 to 1360 Avg + 75%-85%
1190 to 1275 Avg - 61%-75%
1105 to 1190 Reach 45%-61%
Less than 1105 Low <45%
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Mercer ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

26-31 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

20%
ACT Scores for Mercer University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 25
Math 25th Percentile 24
Composite 25th Percentile 26
ACT Scores for Mercer University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 32
Math 75th Percentile 29
Composite 75th Percentile 31
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Mercer?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Mercer is 28, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 26 and 31.  The school ranks #5 in Georgia and #200 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 28. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 26 and score in the score in the top 18 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 24.

20 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Mercer University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Mercer University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Mercer for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 28 score has around 75% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 87% with a 31 ACT score.

Mercer University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >87%
28 to 31 Avg + 75%-87%
26 to 28 Avg - 64%-75%
24 to 26 Reach 52%-64%
Less than 24 Low <52%
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High School Class Rank

75% of Mercer University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 41% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Mercer University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 41%
Top 25% of class 75%
Top 50% of class 95%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Mercer University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,763 2,793 7,556
Accepted 3,573 2,070 5,643
Acceptance Rate 75% 74% 75%
Enrolled 508 391 899
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 14% 19% 16%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jul 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

70

Applicants have 70 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jul 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Mercer University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Mercer University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Mercer University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Mercer University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Mercer is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.98 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1280 on the SAT and 28 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=140447 IPEDS survey data for Mercer University.

FAQs

Does Mercer University prefer SAT or ACT?

37% of students submit their SAT scores to Mercer. 20% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Mercer University?

75% of those who apply are granted admission to Mercer. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Mercer University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1190 and 1360. The average SAT score is 1275. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Mercer University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 31. The average ACT score is 28. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.