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Mercer University

Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning, offering rigorous programs that span the undergraduate liberal arts Bachelors of Arts and Science to doctoral level degrees. 

With more than 8,500 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges on campuses in Macon (main undergraduate campus), Atlanta and Savannah, Mercer is consistently ranked among the nation’s leading institutions by such publications as U.S. News & World Report, which in 2014 named Mercer as the No. 1 Best Value in the South. Our more than 71,000 alumni are making important contributions to their professions and communities throughout Georgia, the Southeast and the world.

While offering a breadth of programs found at much larger universities, Mercer maintains an intimate, student-focused culture more characteristic of smaller liberal arts colleges. Mercer University’s reputation is built on its rigorous academic programs, outstanding faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities. Yet, tradition plays an important role in the University’s unique identity as a faith-based institution committed to religious and intellectual freedom and respect for religious diversity. Students across Mercer’s 12 schools and colleges benefit from a welcoming atmosphere and small-class learning environment. They learn from a prestigious, yet caring, faculty — not from teaching assistants, as found at many universities. Mercer’s faculty members, whose credentials come from some of the world’s finest academic institutions, are distinguished for both teaching and research. More than 90 percent of the faculty hold doctorates or the highest attainable degrees in their respective fields.

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Mercer University's English Language Institute provides a warm and caring environment to learn English. The English Language Institute's location in Atlanta is a major advantage. Not only will you find many exciting things to do here, you will be studying in one of the United States' fastest growing and most international cities.

Esl Program And/Or Support Services

The English Language Institute has provided quality English instruction to students from around the world for more than 20 years. Students who have completed the English Language Institute program have entered undergraduate and graduate programs at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the USA and the entire world. Our graduates have gone on to become leaders in their careers.

Mercer’s English Language Institute has a very diverse student population. Many of students come from Brazil, China, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Poland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela. Almost immediately upon arrival, ELI students begin for form strong bonds of support and friendship with other international students who are sharing the same experience. Students also receive strong support and encouragement from the ELI faculty. The instructors who teach in the ELI are experienced, dedicated, and caring teachers with advanced degrees in teaching English as a Second language or related fields. All ELI instructors have either lived abroad or traveled abroad and know the challenges of being in a new culture and having to speak a new language.

Students also enjoy a special schedule of activities, both on and off campus, to enrich their experience.

Student Housing Options

Traditional residence halls and apartment housing is available.
Available Housing

Admission Requirements

A completed application package requires:
(for first year and transfer students)

1. Application for Admission, either Mercer's application or the Common Application, with U.S. $50.00 nonrefundable application fee

2. Official secondary school and/or official university transcript(s), translated in English

3. A letter of recommendation from an academic or personal reference, translated in English

4. Course-by-course evaluation of transcripts, including grade point average (GPA), completed and forwarded to Mercer by a service such as Josef Silny and Associates.

5. For students whose native language or language of instruction in secondary high school is English, an official SAT or ACT score is required.

6. For students whose native language or language of instruction in secondary high school is not English, an official TOEFL score of at least 80, with at least 20 on each section, or an official IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required.

International Student Visas Issued

F1, J1

Cost Of Attendance And Financial Assistance
2016-2017 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (Per Academic Year)
Tuition and Fees$35,133
Room and Board$11,106
Personal Expenses and Transportation (estimate)$1,500
Books and Supplies (estimate)$1,200

*Merit Scholarships are available for international students.

ELI Program Costs

  • Application Fee (one time only) - $150
  • Tuition - $1,875
  • Books - $75 - $175
  • Health Insurance - $140

Estimated Costs (2 months)

  • Campus Housing - $1,200 - $1,550
  • Homestay - $1,300 - $1,460

* prices are subject to change

Student Activities And Campus Life

Seven sororities and 10 fraternities, more than 140 student organizations, honorary and professional societies, and religious and special interest groups enhance the quality of campus life. A full schedule of events means that there is never a dull moment. Mercer offers a full range of individual, intercollegiate, and intramural sports programs. The University is a member of the Division I NCAA Southern Conference.  More information regarding athletics can be found here:

Learn more about Campus Life at Mercer


Contact Information

Mercer University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1501 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 31207
Office: (478) 301-2650
Fax: (478) 301-2828


Mercer University
Office of University Admissions
1501 Mercer University Drive
Macon, Georgia 31207

Types of Degrees

Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Academic Offering

Four-Year School