International Admissions


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As one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning, Mercer University is proud to be a second home for students from more than 50 countries. We welcome all applicants, including international students, and consider students for admission to the residential undergraduate program without regard to nationality or citizenship. We are ready to support you as you transition to university enrollment in the U.S.

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Who Is An International Student?

At Mercer University, an “international student” is defined as a student who is not a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. permanent resident – including citizens of other countries graduating from a secondary school (high school) in the U.S.

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The Common Application

The Common App makes it easy for first-year students to apply to multiple colleges and universities at one time.

The Mercer Application

The Mercer application is open to first-year, transfer students, and international students.
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Costs, Scholarships, and Financial Planning

See Mercer's tuition and fees, learn about opportunities for scholarships, and read more about financing your Mercer education. International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships, but are not eligible for state or federal aid.

Application Requirements


Mercer University offers two ways to apply for admission: The Common Application or the Mercer Application. We do not have a preference, and we encourage you to use the option that is most convenient for you.

Standardized Test Scores

Submit your self-reported SAT score(s) and/or ACT score(s) if your native language or language of instruction is English. When submitting standardized test scores, make sure to submit all your scores because we super score, meaning we take your highest section scores out of all your submitted tests. Please note that students who achieved the minimum ACT/SAT scores indicated on the Test Optional webpage do not need to submit an additional official language test score.

Submit an official language test score (see chart below for language requirement scores) if your native language or language of instruction is not English.

IELTS | 6.5
Duolingo | 115
ITEP Academic Plus | 4.5

Test Optional international applicants must complete an interview with their admissions counselor. Please note that international students must submit language test scores even if they are applying as Test Optional candidates.

Test scores submitted with your application for admission may be self-reported. We will require official standardized test scores to be submitted prior to enrollment at Mercer University.

Official School Transcript(s)

Ask your school counselor to send us your official secondary school report(s) or high school transcript(s), translated in English. We want to see how you've challenged yourself and explored academic interests through your coursework.
Upon admission, submit a course-by-course evaluation of transcript(s), including Grade Point Average, translated in English by World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny & Associates.

Letter of Recommendation

Students who apply to Mercer as Test Optional are required to submit one letter of recommendation. Students who apply to Mercer with test scores are not required to submit a letter of recommendation. If you are submitting a letter of recommendation, we want to hear from one of your high school teachers or counselors about your work ethic, school engagement, academic achievement, and more, translated in English.

Exemptions to Submission of Language Scores


Test Optional

At Mercer, our students are more than a number, which is why we look beyond GPA and standardized test scores to review applications holistically. We look at a variety of factors to ensure that students will be successful in Mercer’s rigorous academic environment, including high school course selection, extracurricular and community involvement, leadership experience, letters of recommendation, essay responses, and more.
International students with an unweighted GPA greater than 3.35 are eligible to apply to Mercer University as Test Optional applicants. Test Optional applicants must complete an interview with their admissions counselor as part of the application process. After submitting your application, contact Beth Gonzalez at 478.538.0013 or to schedule an interview.




International Students


Students who do not currently possess a valid US visa which permits study in the US will be assisted in obtaining the F-1 visa prior to beginning their studies. The Office of Global Pathways assists and guides students who need this visa after they are admitted to Mercer University.

For additional information about your next steps in the enrollment process, visit our Accepted Students page.