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Chances of getting into Mercer University


Acceptance Rate 
Admission Difficulty for Mercer University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Mercer and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Mercer is 78%.  It ranks #34 in Georgia for lowest rate of acceptance. Mercer University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 4,417 out of 5,651 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 24 percent (SAT 1180/1340 ACT 25/31). Mercer University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.88. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Mercer University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 53% of students submitted SAT scores and 47% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Mercer SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for Mercer University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1180
SAT Scores for Mercer University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1340
Average SAT Score 1260

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Mercer University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 27 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1180 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1100. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. Mercer ranks #4 in Georgia and #156 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 53 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Mercer University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1340 and Above Good >87%
1260 to 1340 Avg + 78%-87%
1180 to 1260 Avg - 65%-78%
1100 to 1180 Reach 50%-65%
Less than 1100 Low <50%
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Mercer ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
ACT Scores for Mercer University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for Mercer University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Mercer regularly accepts students with ACT's of 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Georgia and #143 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Mercer University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Mercer University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >87%
28 to 31 Avg + 78%-87%
25 to 28 Avg - 65%-78%
22 to 25 Reach 50%-65%
Less than 22 Low <50%
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Mercer GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into Mercer University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Mercer. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Mercer University was 3.88 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in Georgia for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.88 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Mercer accepts 78% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Mercer University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 32.1% Good
3.75 to 3.99 36.2% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 24.5% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 5.2% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 1.2% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.8% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

66% of Mercer University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Mercer University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 39%
Top 25% of class 66%
Top 50% of class 91%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Mercer University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,523 2,128 5,651
Accepted 2,722 1,695 4,417
Acceptance Rate 77% 80% 78%
Enrolled 479 387 866
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 23% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

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

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


Does Mercer University prefer SAT or ACT?

53% of students submit their SAT scores to Mercer. 47% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Mercer University?

78% 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 1180 and 1340. 53% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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 25 and 31. 47% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.