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What is the average age of your students?

Mercer’s evening, weekend, and online programs are designed for busy adults. With that in mind, students tend to be in their mid-20s to late 30s.

What is required to complete an undergraduate application file?

A completed application and official transcripts of all college work attempted. If an applicant has not completed any college work prior to applying to Mercer or has attempted less than 24 hours of college work, a high school or GED transcript is required. Individuals interested in graduate programs require additional documents and should contact their admissions counselor for details.

What type of academic calendar does Mercer follow?

The evening, weekend, and online programs run on a semester system, with two eight-week sessions within each 16-week semester. Individual classes meet once a week for the eight-week session. There are select graduate programs that follow a sixteen-week schedule per semester.

When are classes offered?

Evening, weekend, and online classes are available, based on your program. Most evening classes are held between Monday and Thursday, and some classes are held on Friday and Saturday.

Can I take all of my classes online?

For select programs, yes, you can! Use our program finder to view online and hybrid (combination of in-class and online coursework) programs options.

Will my previous college work transfer to Mercer?

Mercer is a transfer-friendly university. Upon being admitted to Mercer, an applicant’s official transcripts are sent to the University Registrar for review. The Registrar’s office works to allow a student all possible transfer credits. The general policy outlines the following stipulations for transferring class credit: The transferring school must be regionally accredited. The student must have earned a ‘C’ or better grade. Mercer must offer a course equivalent. The Registrar may also grant college credit to those who have military experience and can provide either a copy of their DD214 or military Joint Services transcript.

Is there any testing that I will have to complete before enrolling?

Each student (except those already holding a bachelor’s degree) will complete three assessment tests. The first two tests are multiple-choice tests based on math and reading skills. The third test requires an applicant to write a five-paragraph essay on a question of their choice. These tests DO NOT affect an admission decision. They are designed to help faculty advisors assess what classes will be most appropriate for each student to take.

May I apply for financial assistance?

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. There are a variety of financial aid options, which may include federal and external funding—such as scholarships, grants, loans, and work study. Speak to your Mercer financial planning advisor to discuss which options are available and best for you or visit the Office of Student Financial Planning.

What is the first step in applying for financial aid?

Applying for financial aid is simple. Visit fafsa.ed.gov and complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using Mercer’s School Code 001580. Use the data retrieval tool if applicable. In order to sign the FAFSA electronically, you will need your FSA ID. If you do not have an FSA ID, visit fsaid.ed.gov.

What are the different types of student loans?

There are many different types of student loans, including those that come from the federal government or from private sources such as a bank or financial institution. Loans made by the federal government, called federal student loans, usually offer borrowers lower interest rates and have more flexible repayment options than loans from banks or other private sources. Visit the Federal Student Aid website to gain a better understanding about the different types of student loans.

How do I know when my financial aid is available? How do I accept my aid?

Mercer University will receive your FAFSA application three days after you complete and sign it (make sure to include Mercer’s school code 001580). Once we receive it and verify that no additional documentation is needed, your eligibility will be determined, and your financial aid, if applicable, will be set up in your student account. You will then receive a financial aid award notification that you can review and accept through your MyMercer student portal at my.mercer.edu.