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U.S. News Ranks Mercer University Among Top 10 Schools
in the South for 13th Consecutive Year

September 13, 2011

Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek, (478) 301-4037 or

MACON — Mercer University, for the 13th consecutive year, has made the Top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of comprehensive universities in the South.  Mercer is ranked No. 9 in the South in the 2012 “Best Regional Universities” category. The University is also ranked No. 7 in the South in the category of “Great Schools, Great Prices,” and Mercer’s School of Engineering is once again ranked among the Top 50 undergraduate engineering programs in the nation. 

For 22 consecutive years, the University has been ranked among the South’s top 15 regional universities, which includes institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs, and few, if any, doctoral programs. More than 500 universities are ranked within four geographic areas – North, South, Midwest and West. Mercer’s overall score of 81 in the magazine’s rankings places it among the top 25 regional universities in the country.

The “Great Schools, Great Prices” ranking reflects the magazine’s selection of institutions based on a number of criteria, including academic quality and the net cost of attendance for students receiving need-based aid. The ranking is also based on the premise that “the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.”

Mercer’s School of Engineering, which was established in 1985, consistently ranks among the country’s top engineering programs that offer the bachelor’s or master’s as their terminal degree. Mercer is one of only three undergraduate engineering programs in the Southeast to be in the 2012 U.S. News Top 50.

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,200 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at four regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit

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