Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a comprehensive university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional education. It was named a "highly selective" university by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.
Mercer University has the following schools and colleges – liberal arts, business, law, pharmacy, medicine, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies.
Mercer University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor's, master's, and doctor's degrees. The Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics holds accreditation from the prestigious AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management (BSIDM) is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.
- Mercer University is ranked 8th among Tier 1 Regional Universities in the South (USNWR 2011).
- 8th in the Southern "Best Universities-Master's" category (US News and World Report, 2010 edition). It is also placed among the "Great Schools, Great Prices" as the sixth best value in the South.
- The Princeton Review has named Mercer University to its list of America's best colleges in the 2010 edition of the book “Best 371 Colleges”.
- The Atlanta MBA program is ranked 3rd in the nation in the category of "Greatest Opportunity for Women" in The Princeton Review "Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition". The Walter F. George School of Law is listed in Best 174 Law Schools: 2010 Edition.
- In the ranking for “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs”, Mercer's School of Engineering placed 38th nationally. It is one of only four engineering schools in the South included in the ranking (USNWR 2009).
- Ranked 32nd among Best Graduate Pharmacy Programs (US News 2008).
- 1st in the category of "Greatest Opportunity for Women" (Princeton Review Best Business School Ranking 2008).
- The Walter F. George School of Law has been ranked 6th in the country among the Best Public Interest Law Schools, according to PreLaw magazine.
- Mercer University is placed in the top 15% of all colleges and universities nationwide, according to The Princeton Review "Best 371 Colleges" guide.
- It was one of 81 institutions of higher education named a “College with a Conscience” by the Princeton Review and College Compact (2005).