Mercer University is a private university affiliated with the Baptist Church and located in Macon, Georgia. Mercer is a university that harbors the academic diversity spanning from a simple liberal arts education at the undergraduate level to doctorate degrees. While the university has Baptist affiliations, the campus supports open religious freedom while upholding a baser set of Christian values. The university is home to over 7,600 students in any given year, but still keeps class sizes small and ensures an adequate amount of faculty for every student that enrolls.
Mercer University offers a selection of online courses for students that can’t make it to campus. These courses can be applied to degrees at colleges accepting online credits and can also be used to fill out the requisites for a degree later earned on Mercer University campus. All courses taught online at Mercer are backed by the university’s accreditation and share the same attention and quality of instruction as on-campus courses do.
Courses are hosted at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Some courses titles include, but are not limited to Criminology, Topics in American History, Forensic Psychology, Contemporary Issues in Public Safety, Advanced Exceptionalities, and Introduction to Sociology. Currently, there is no mention of a full degree program offered by Mercer, however, as course selection expands, the requisites for a degree will eventually be met. Distance learners can expect full degree opportunities to arise from Mercer soon.
Popular fields of study at Mercer are General Business, General Commerce, Elementary Education & Teaching, Nursing, International Business/Trade/Commerce, and General Human Services. Mercer, in contrast to its liberal arts curriculum, has a relatively strong business program. This is because the university teaches business in the separate Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, where students can receive a Bachelor of Business Administration or a Master of Business Administration.
For undergraduate students, tuition comes at the cost of $28,500 per year for full-time enrollment and $950 per credit hour for part-time enrollment. For graduate students, tuition comes at the cost of $10,206 per year full-time and $681 per credit hour part-time. Financial aid is awarded to 94% of students in the form of institutional aid directly through Mercer University itself. Approximately 1 out of 4 students have received tuition aid from federal sources and 3 out of 4 students have received tuition aid from state and local sources. In total, 98% of students receive financial aid in some form each year.
Mercer University proves to be resourceful regardless of the direction each student takes. Its networked programs, career opportunities, academics, and structure allow each individual student to have access to the whole compiled pool of support and tools. For distance learners seeking to attend, there are online classes already in place and the selection grows with each coming semester. It won’t be far in the future before degrees become available that can be earned 100% online.