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University Sets Spring Enrollment Record

April 3, 2009

Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

MACON/ATLANTA/SAVANNAH — Mercer University has set a spring enrollment record, surpassing last year’s total by 547 students. Based on official 15th class day numbers, Mercer has enrolled 7,591 students this spring, 7.8 percent more than the comparable period last year.
The record comes on the heels of the largest fall enrollment in the university’s 176-year history. The most significant gains in spring enrollment were recorded in Mercer’s Tift College of Education, which saw an increase of 327 students, or 21.5 percent over last year’s figures. The College of Continuing and Professional Studies was up 125 students, or 16.2 percent over last year.

Fall to spring freshman retention on the Macon campus also showed a healthy increase over the past two years, improving to 94.8 percent versus 93.6 percent for the fall 2007 and fall 2006 entering classes.

“A number of our degree programs are proving to be particularly popular in this economic environment,” said President William D. Underwood. “There is growing demand for several of Mercer’s graduate programs, particularly at the Ph.D. level. The strong retention figures for our freshman class are also very encouraging.”

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has approximately 7,600 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
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