Graduation Rates Disclosure

February 7, 2023

In accordance with the Higher Education Act, Mercer University is pleased to provide the following information on the graduation/completion rates of our 2016-17 cohort of full-time, first-time, degree seeking undergraduates, and student athletes receiving athletic financial aid.

While reviewing the information, please keep the following in mind:

  • Graduation/completion rates are calculated by tracking a cohort of new, first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students for six years (150% of normal time to completion of a 4-year degree).  If a student completes a bachelor's or equivalent degree from Mercer by August 31 of the sixth year, the student is counted in the completion rate.
  • The majority of first-time, full-time degree-seeking students enter Mercer through our residential program which is offered in Macon, Georgia; it is a daytime program geared toward traditional age students, the majority of whom are attending college for the first time. Some first-time, full-time degree-seeking students also enter Mercer through our post-traditional programs.  For example, Mercer offers a continuing education program geared toward older students which is offered evenings and weekends at regional academic centers around the state of Georgia.
  • Graduation/completion rates do not include students that enter as transfers or who initially enrolled part-time, and do not reflect outcomes after the 6-year period.
  • Graduation/completion rates do not include students who left school to serve in the armed forces, official church missions, or foreign aid service of the federal government.  In addition, students who die or become totally and permanently disabled are excluded from the cohort.

Questions related to this report should be directed to Learty L. (Troy) Shaw, Director of Institutional Research and Decision Suport at 478-301-2413 or shaw_ll@mercer.edu.

Student-Right-To-Know Completion Rate  
(Total Completers within 150% / Adjusted Cohort) *
  2016 Cohort 4-Class Average Rate 2013 through 2016 Cohorts Combined

Adjusted Cohort

Completion Rate

Adjusted Cohort

Completion Rate

Total Cohort

823

74%

3,173

72%

Completion Rates for Cohort Sub-Categories
By Mercer Program
Macon Campus Residential Undergraduate Program

822

73%

3,169

72%

Post-Traditional Undergraduate Program

**

100%

**

50%

Student Athletes

Student Athletes Receiving Athletically Related Financial Aid - NCAA report for 2016-17 not currently available

See the NCAA website for latest data available

n/a n/a n/a n/a
By Gender
Female

462

78%

1,699

76%

Male

361

68%

1,474

67%

By Race/Ethnicity
American Indian/Alaskan Native

**

100%

7

71%

Asian

84

79%

266

77%

Black or African American

155

72%

582

71%

Hispanic/Latino

46

70%

180

62%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

**

100%

**

75%

Nonresident Alien

20

65%

79

66%

Two or More Races

31

58%

123

59%

Other/unknown

30

93%

92

77%

White

455

74%

1,840

73%

By Financial Aid Category 
PELL Grant Recipients

212

69%

870 66%
Subsidized Federal Loan Recipients who did not receive Pell Grant

168

73%

620 70%
Recipients of neither a Pell nor subsidized Federal Loan

443

76%

1,683 75%

 

* Student-Right-to-Know rates are based students completing bachelor's or equivalent degrees. 
** Number of individuals in cell less than 6; data cell suppressed to protect confidentiality of individuals.