Candidates generally must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and must be in good standing at all regionally accredited colleges or universities attended. 

Required Application Materials Include:

Application Fee
College Transcript(s)
High School or GED Transcript (if applicable)
Joint Services Transcript (if applicable)
For applicants who anticipate being awarded transferable credit, it will be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the materials needed to complete the Application for Teacher Candidacy during your application for admission to the University.

All application materials and admissions correspondence should be mailed to:

Mercer University

Office of University Admissions
P.O. Box 2140
McDonough, GA 30253

Priority Deadlines

Fall Session I (August) - August 1
Fall Session II (October) - October 1
Spring Session I (January) - December 1
Spring Session II (March) - March 1
Summer (May) - April 15

Admission Standards 

Application – Complete online Application for Admission.
Application Fee - Please include the $25 application fee ($100 for international applicants) in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University.  Bank or credit cards are accepted, please do not send cash.
The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot be applied toward tuition.
College Transcripts – Applicants must submit one official transcript from every postsecondary institution previously attended, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to The Office of the Registrar determines what is deemed an appropriate electronic transcript — should you have any questions about this, please let us know prior to submission. Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript.
High School or General Educational Development (GED) Transcript - An official high school or GED transcript for applicants who have not attempted or have earned less than 30 hours of postsecondary credit.
Joint Services Transcript – An official Joint Services Transcript is suggested, but not required, for individuals who have military experience.  Additional information regarding how to request a transcript is available at

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials - Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for undergraduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your application.
B. Official Translations -  Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.

C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.

Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.

D. Financial Guarantee - International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US $25,000.

E. Visa Status - International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)

Instructions for Undergraduate Transient Applicants

To enroll as an undergraduate transient student, applicants need only submit the following as a complete application packet:
  • Application
  • $25 non-refundable application fee
  • Letter of authorization completed by the home institution that certifies good standing, grants permission to take Mercer University courses, and specifies which course(s) may be taken.

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