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William D. Underwood Welcome to one of the most prestigious, selective, and dynamic universities in the South. Since its founding in 1833, the “Mercer experience” has transformed and empowered the lives of tens of thousands of young men and women, who in turn have transformed communities throughout the world. Generations of young men and women have gone on from Mercer to become leaders of great deeds and influence, including 12 governors, four United States senators, an attorney general of the United States and thousands of leaders in a wide range of fields and endeavors.

Central to the Mercer experience is an education that uniquely prepares students to lead virtuous, meaningful and responsible lives and encourages a thoughtful examination of ethical and moral choices. This emphasis has led the Princeton Review to recognize Mercer as a “College with a Conscience.” The leading college guides have consistently ranked Mercer as one of the best private universities in the South and one of the best educational values in the country.

With an ideal size of 8,300 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, Mercer is one of the nation’s very few universities that successfully combines the intimate environment and personal attention of a small liberal arts college with the academic resources of a major research university. Offering undergraduate and graduate programs in business, education, engineering, liberal arts, music and nursing, as well as professional programs in medicine, law, pharmacy and health sciences and theology, Mercer is unique among private universities in America.

Whatever the reason for your visit to Mercer’s web site, I hope you will take the time to further explore this outstanding university. But don’t stop with our web site. Our greatest assets are students, faculty, and staff. Come visit us. Only then can you truly experience Mercer.

William D. Underwood
President