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Mercer University is the second-largest private university in Georgia with more than 8,000 students studying in 11 schools and colleges.

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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.

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Academic Units

College of Liberal Arts

(Macon): The oldest of the University’s academic units, the College of Liberal Arts is Mercer’s academic cornerstone. The College offers an array of baccalaureate programs in the humanities, fine arts, sciences and social sciences. A unique offering of the College is the Great Books Program, which provides students the opportunity of focused study of the classic writers and thinkers of the Western world.

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Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

(Macon, Atlanta, Savannah, Douglas County, Henry County): Formally established in 1984, the College is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who leveraged the first major buyout in corporate history. Many of the College’s current graduates hold senior leadership positions in companies around the world. Mercer’s Business School delivers career-focused business education programs and develops entrepreneurial leaders and responsible global citizens. 

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School of Engineering

(Macon, Online): The school's innovative and academically challenging engineering and engineering-related programs provide students with a comprehensive education, featuring a solid foundation in mathematics and sciences, a core engineering curriculum, a range of courses in engineering specialties and a strong emphasis on communication technologies. The School of Engineering marked its 25th anniversary in 2010 and continues to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top three master’s-degree-level engineering schools in the Southeast.

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Tift College of Education

(Macon, Atlanta, Savannah, Douglas County, Eastman, Henry County, Newnan, Online): Established in 1995, the Tift College of Education prepares more professional educators than any other private institution in Georgia. The college is NCATE accredited and offers a variety of programs that are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Guided by the conceptual framework of the “Transforming Practitioner,” the College supports those who aspire to grow professionally throughout their careers, while also seeking to transform the lives of students.

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Townsend School of Music

(Macon): Established in 2006, Townsend School of Music is nationally recognized for its artist faculty, award-winning students, wide range of performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities. Townsend offers a thorough and rigorous curriculum, providing a conservatory-quality music education within a university environment. Specialized music programs include the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Church Music Studies and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings.

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Penfield College

(Macon, Atlanta, Douglas County, Eastman, Henry County, Newnan, Online): Penfield College is committed to serving non-traditional learners and currently enrolls more than 1,300 students. Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs are designed for working adult students seeking professional advancement into leadership roles in and beyond their communities. The College’s Bridge initiative is a transition program for students enrolled in Mercer’s English Language Institute and other international students who desire to transition to undergraduate programs throughout the University.

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Walter F. George School of Law

(Macon): Founded in 1873, Mercer's Walter F. George School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law School’s educational philosophy is based on a commitment to preparing students for high-quality, general practice in a day-to-day learning environment that is both supportive and professional. Its innovative Woodruff Curriculum earned the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the ABA for its “depth of excellence.” The Law School is nationally recognized for its programs in legal writing, moot court, public service and ethics and professionalism.

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James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology

(Atlanta): Established in 1996, McAfee School of Theology brings Jesse Mercer’s founding vision of providing students with a classical and theological education full circle as it prepares students for the ministry. McAfee shares Jesse Mercer’s concern that churches have pastor-leaders who understand Scripture and can clearly articulate their Christian beliefs. The College’s innovative, full-integrated curriculum is taught by nationally recognized scholars who are committed Christians. Along with a network of partner churches, McAfee is affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

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School of Medicine

(Macon, Atlanta, Columbus, Savannah):

The School of Medicine was established in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. The School’s academic environment fosters the development of clinical problem solving and instills in each student an awareness of the place of the basic medical sciences in medical practice. The School of Medicine operates two four-year campuses in Macon and Savannah and an additional teaching hospital in Columbus.

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College of Pharmacy

(Atlanta): For more than a century, the College of Pharmacy has maintained a tradition of excellence and a national reputation for producing leaders in the health care profession and has made notable contributions to the fields of pharmacy and health sciences. Mercer is ranked as the No. 4 private pharmacy school in the United States and among the top private and public pharmacy schools. With an enrollment today of more than 650 students and a distinguished faculty of basic scientists and clinicians, the College of Pharmacy houses seven centers focusing on research, teaching and learning. The College’s motto, “A Tradition of Excellence – A Legacy of Caring,” frames its philosophy of providing excellent academic programs in an environment where every student matters and every person counts.

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Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

(Atlanta, Online): Nationally recognized Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, the oldest nursing program in Georgia, is grounded in its heritage of educating students to provide superior nursing care. All undergraduate nursing students are members of the National Student Nurses Association, thus providing them superior leadership and professional development opportunities. Mercer’s renowned nursing faculty and staff are dedicated to advancing the institution’s vision of being known as a center for academic excellence that fosters the development of nurses committed to practice in evolving global environments.

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College of Health Professions

(Atlanta): The College of Health Professions is part of the Mercer Health Sciences Center and is composed of three departments: Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health. The College offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree, and master’s degrees in physician assistant studies (M.M.Sc.) and public health (M.P.H.). In addition, the College offers post-professional residencies and fellowships. With an overall enrollment of more than 350 students, the College seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals and society through excellence in teaching, research and service.

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Division of Library Services

(Macon, Atlanta): The mission of the Mercer University Libraries is to serve as learning-centered gateways of information resources through robust collections and innovative, technology-rich patron services to support the educational, research and service endeavors of the University community. The Mercer libraries offer a wide range of print, non-print and electronic resources, including large collections of electronic books and journals available to Mercerians from any location.

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Mercer University Press

(Macon): Mercer University Press has published more than 1,300 books since its establishment in 1979. It publishes approximately 30 to 32 books each year in the areas of religion, philosophy, Southern history, regional studies and creative writing. The Press holds membership in the Association of American University Presses.

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