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Freshman Admissions

To be fully admitted into the University's traditional undergraduate program, first-year candidates should meet the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in a College Preparatory Curriculum with the anticipation of completing at least 16 academic units in the following subjects:
English 4 units
Mathematics 4 units
Laboratory Science 3 units
Social Science/History 3 units
Foreign Language 2 units

A minimum grade point average in these courses is required. However, meeting the minimum GPA does not guarantee admission. See AP, CLEP and IB Credit.

  1. Achieve a minimum score on the SAT or ACT test. Multiple tests will be combined using the highest verbal and mathematics scores. Mercer University's SAT code is 5409, and its ACT code is 0838.
  2. Be in academic and disciplinary good standing at the current or last institution attended.
Students not meeting minimum admission requirements may be reconsidered for admission by submitting additional academic information (new SAT/ACT scores, high school transcripts, résumé, letter of recommendation, essay).

A complete application file includes:


Admission Requirements for Home-Schooled Applicants

The University has worked with a small, but growing, number of home schooled applicants and has established methods to evaluate these students in a manner that is appropriately comparable to other freshman applicants.

For traditional freshman applicants, Mercer requires students to complete the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) from an accredited high school in order to be considered for freshman admission. Students who cannot verify CPC completion with an accredited high school transcript must show academic strength in the CPC subjects through a combination of eight SAT II or Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The University uses the SAT I and/or ACT exam results to evaluate a student's overall academic knowledge.

The required CPC subject areas and units* are:
English 4 units
Mathematics, including Algebra II, Geometry and a fourth mathematics for which Algebra II is a prerequisite
4 units
Science, including lab courses from life and physical sciences
3 units
Social Studies, including United States and World Studies 3 units
Foreign Language, both units must be in the same language 2 units

The University then reviews the entire file of a home-schooled applicant in comparison with other applicants in selecting the most qualified students for admission.

*A unit is often referred to as a Carnegie Unit and represents a full academic year of credit.


AP, CLEP, and IB Credit

Credit is awarded to those students who take Advanced Placement (AP) courses at the high school level and score a 3 or higher on the examination administered by the Educational Testing Service. In certain cases, scores of 4 or 5 will allow a student to receive two course credits. Applicants should request a score report from The College Board be sent to the University's Office of the Registrar.

The University also awards credit for examinations administered by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Credit is given for scores at the 50th percentile or higher on the general and/or subject exams. For more information on the CLEP examinations, contact the University's Office of Career Services. The International Baccalaureate Program is an internationally recognized curriculum that is taught at numerous high schools in the United States, Canada and other countries. Mercer awards credit for scores of 5, 6 or 7 on the Higher Level examinations of the International Baccalaureate Program.

Score reports should be included with the student's final high school transcript or from the International Baccalaureate office. Advanced Placement, CLEP and International Baccalaureate credits that satisfy University criteria may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree only for courses that are required in the Engineering curriculum.

Students may not receive more than a total of 32 semester hours of credit from any or all of these sources.