Frequently Asked Questions
What is the average age of your students?
The Regional Academic Center programs are designed for working adults. With that in mind, Center students age range is twenty four to their mid thirties.
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 30 hours of college work, a high school or GED transcript is required.
What type of academic calendar does Mercer follow?
The Regional Academic Centers run on a semester system, but there are two eight week sessions within each semester. Individual classes meet once a week for the eight week session. Graduate programs follow either a 16 week schedule or, in the executive public safety leadership format, a hybrid schedule with both face - to -face and online learning.
When are classes offered?
Most classes are held between Monday and Thursday in the evenings. There are some Friday, Saturday, and online classes available.
Can I take all of my classes online?
The College offers numerous hybrid courses, learning environments which include both traditional face-to-face class sessions and online sessions. The College also offers one degree completion program, a graduate certificate program, as well as a number of general education, elective, and major courses in totally online format. Students may choose among face-to-face, hybrid, and totally online courses as they complete their degree programs.
What course load may I take at the Regional Academic Centers?
During the first semester that a student is enrolled at Mercer, they are allowed to take 12 course hours. After successful completion of the first semester, a student is allowed to increase the course load under the guidance of an academic adviser. Graduate programs may have different course loads.
Will my previous college work transfer to Mercer?
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:
- a. the transferring school must be accredited;
- b. the student must have earned a ‘C’ or better grade; and,
- c. 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 smart transcript.
Is there any testing that I will have to complete before enrolling?
The Regional Academic Centers ask that each student, except those already holding a bachelor’s degree, 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 effect an admission decision. They are designed to help faculty advisers assess what classes will be most appropriate for each student to take. The graduate programs require either the MAT or GRE.
May I apply for financial assistance?
Financial assistance is offered on a case-by-case basis. To find out more, please call the Regional Academic Centers Financial Aid office at 1-800-392-283 or visit online.
For students in the BBA program on the Atlanta campus, please visit the Web site.
Will I qualify for student health insurance?
As a student of Mercer, you can find out more about student health insurance by visiting www.studentinsurance.com or by calling 1-888-622-6001.
Why do I have to provide immunization records?
Mercer’s immunization policy is a University policy and not an admissions policy. It is designed for the safety of our students. If immunization records are not released to Mercer before the start of your first semester, you will need to provide them before the end of you first session or it will affect your future enrollment.