Mercer sets fall enrollment record

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The Class of 2027 forms an MU on Cruz Plaza during 2023 Bear Beginnings. Photo by Matt Smith

MACON — Mercer University‘s final fall 2023 enrollment figures released Nov. 8 show the largest headcount in the history of the University with a record overall enrollment of 9,164 students. That marks an increase of 238 students or a 2.7% percent increase over last fall.

The University’s Macon residential undergraduate program welcomed a record-breaking 1,015 new first-time college students and 103 transfers. This is the largest incoming class in University history and a 13% increase in first-year students from fall 2022.

Dr. Penny Elkins, executive vice president, said healthy enrollment is one of the hallmarks of a thriving university, but at Mercer, it’s more than simply the enrollment number.

“I am incredibly grateful that we get to partner with faculty and staff who understand that numbers matter, but students matter more,” said Dr. Elkins. “We are committed to providing a high-quality student experience, combined with resources and support students need to persist through to graduation. Ultimately, we measure our success as a University on the impact that our students make as they endeavor to use their talents and skills to better not only their own lives, but also those in their communities and our world.”

The College of Education and School of Business had the largest overall increases at 22.7% and 12%, respectively, and Law School enrollment saw a 5% increase over fall 2022.