Presidential Scholars Weekend

Mercer University extends this invitation to only the most talented first-year applicants. During the weekend, you will interview with faculty, staff, and alumni; participate in academic experiences; tour Mercer’s historic Macon campus; and attend a reception with President Underwood.


Registration Information

Choose Your Preference

Students may choose between two options for participation. Both options offer the same experience but give students the opportunity to register for their preferred interview day. Register for your preferred option by Sunday, November 24.

  • Register for one event only.
  • If you need to change your registration date, contact Catherine Harmon at
  • We will not be able to change registration dates after Sunday, November 24.


Option 1
Friday, December 6
9:00 a.m. Check In
10:00 a.m. Optional Campus Tour
11:30 a.m. –
12:50 p.m.
Welcome Luncheon with President Underwood
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Classroom Experiences and Deans’ Meetings
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. • Interviews
• Residence Hall Tours
• Service Project
• Mercer University’s Unique Offerings
5:00 p.m. Event Concludes
Option 2
Friday, December 6
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Reception with President Underwood (Optional)
Saturday, December 7
7:30 – 8:50 a.m. Check In
9:00 a.m. Welcome
10:00 a.m. Classroom Experiences and Deans’ Meetings
11:00 a.m. –
2:00 p.m.
• Interviews
• Campus Tours
• Residence Hall Tours
• Service Project
• Mercer University’s Unique Offerings
11:00 a.m. –
2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. Event Concludes


Submit Your

Presidential Scholars Weekend Essay

Every student is required to submit a 400-500 word essay in response to one of the prompts below for scholarship consideration through your Mercer application portal by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4.

1. Mercer University values study abroad as an important part of higher education and offers two main avenues for students to participate: Mercer On Mission and International Study Abroad Programs. Looking at one or both of these websites, please write about an issue, unmet need, or academic discipline that you would like to engage through Mercer On Mission or International Study Abroad Programs and describe why it interests you.

2. Mercer students have the opportunity to choose from two tracks to fulfill general education requirements. The Great Books Program challenges students to increase their critical thinking and writing skills through the study and discussion of classic texts by the greatest thinkers of the Western world. The Integrative Curriculum, aims to help students understand themselves and others, engage the community, and tackle the challenges of living in a deeply interconnected world. Using the websites linked for reference, tell us which program interests you the most, why it appeals to you, and how it would help you achieve your future goals.

3. Undergraduate student research is a hallmark of Mercer University’s educational experience. Read about student research projects or catch up on the University’s latest research news. If you were going to design an independent research project, what topic would you address and what benefits would it offer the world around you?

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to attend?

Mercer University extends invitations to the most talented first-year applicants. The average academic profile of students who attend this event is a 1430 SAT or a 32 ACT composite with a 4.15 GPA.

What should I wear?

You will be interviewing with current faculty and professionals, so business attire is recommended for this event.

What is the difference between the two event options?

We are offering two different options to better accommodate all of our students’ various commitments and schedules. The interviews, classroom experiences, and opportunities to meet faculty and administrators will be the same at each. The only difference is the structure of the schedules and the date of the interview.

What is the optional reception on Friday, December 6?

Students who choose to attend the Saturday event can attend a reception with President Underwood on Friday evening. This is an opportunity for these students to meet faculty, the President, and other campus partners before their interviews on Saturday. Students who attend the Friday event will be able to meet President Underwood and faculty members at the Welcome Luncheon.

How should I prepare?

In addition to getting a good night’s sleep and eating a healthy breakfast, we encourage you to be yourself. Be prepared to discuss your passions, achievements, and future goals.

Should I bring anything with me?

Plan to bring any personal items that you normally carry throughout the day. We will provide you with materials that you can use to take notes.

Can I bring guests?

Absolutely. Each student may bring up to two guests, such as a parent or guardian.

When will I find out my interview time?

We will provide your interview time in your registration packet when you check in for the event.

Can I request a specific interview time?

If you have schedule conflicts that require a particular interview time, you may email Catherine Harmon at to request a specific time.

Do I have to be present to participate?

Yes – students must be present on campus the day of the interview in order to participate.

When will I receive my scholarship results?

You can expect to receive results from the weekend within 3-4 weeks after the event. You will receive official notification via a mailed letter.

What kind of scholarships are awarded?

Students have the opportunity to increase their merit scholarship award, ranging up to full tuition. There are a limited number of full-tuition scholarships.

Does this scholarship stack on top of the one I’ve already received from Mercer?

This scholarship will replace any merit scholarship offer you have already received from Mercer.

Are these scholarship offers binding?

No. However, we do ask that you check in with your admissions counselor by January 31 to accept or decline your scholarship offer. If you choose to accept it, your enrollment deposit is due by May 1 to secure your spot in our incoming class.

Will I get to meet faculty?

Yes – throughout the day and during your interview, you will have the opportunity to speak with current faculty, students, and staff from the University.

Will there be lunch?

Yes, we will provide a complimentary lunch for you and your guests.

Where should I park?

Parking will vary for each event, so check your email leading up to the event for detailed parking information. Also, when you arrive on campus, our student staff will direct you to your parking destination.

Where can I stay in Macon?

We have a list of recommended hotels for our guests.