Hi, future bears! My name is Lila Fraser. I am an Economics and Marketing double major at Mercer. I am sure you are wondering how to get ready for your Mercer journey, so I’ve put together some campus resources to help you prepare to join us in the fall.
Academic and Advising Services
Academic and Advising Services (AAS) coordinates all first-year programs including Orientation, University 101, and more. It also coordinates workshops and programs to help students choose an academic major. AAS offers ongoing academic support including pre-health and pre-graduate school advising.
Academic Resource Center
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is a free resource for all Mercer students. It offers programs such as peer and professional tutoring, student athlete support, and supplemental instruction (SI). SI is offered for historically difficult courses and includes three outside study sessions per week led by an SI instructor trained in group study techniques.
Access and Accommodations
The goal of the Office of Access and Accommodations is to provide an accessible environment for students to grow and develop throughout their time at Mercer. It offers assistance for students who need accommodations with housing, meal plans, and more.
Connections formed with admissions counselors last beyond the admissions process, and counselors are great resources even after students enroll at Mercer. The Office of University Admissions is also a great place for student employment opportunities.
Auxiliary Services coordinates all meal memberships, Bear Cards, and mobile credentials. Guides are available to help students get their Bear Cards on Apple and Android devices.
The Bursar’s Office oversees bill payment and payment plans, and issues refunds when applicable. It also assesses and aids in the health insurance waiver process each semester.
Campus Life and Student Involvement
Campus Life offers resources to student organizations, Quadworks, and Fraternity and Sorority Programs. It can help organizations make connections and get funding to plan events. It also facilitates leadership development opportunities like Leadership Mercer.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a great on-campus resource to support students’ mental health. CAPS offers confidential counseling, individual therapy, crisis outreach, and more.
Career and Professional Development
The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) is focused on helping Mercer students best market their strengths and skills. Career advisors are available to review resumes, offer help with cover letters, give interview tips, and provide networking opportunities. CCPD is a lifelong resource available to all alumni!
Diversity and Inclusion
Mercer is made up of a diverse community of scholars. Our diversity and inclusion initiatives include programming and support for first-generation students, minority students, and more, that create opportunities to connect and succeed at Mercer. Our student support programs, including TRIO programs, develop and support ongoing educational awareness for students, faculty, and staff to engage the campus community on topics of diversity such as multiculturalism, equity, inclusion, identity, and power and privilege.
Financial Planning and Student Employment
The Office of Student Financial Planning creates Financial Aid Estimates based on the FAFSA and processes all verification paperwork. They also offer guides to assist in completing important steps in the financial aid process, including how to create your FSA ID, accept your financial aid awards, create a student verification account, and more. Student Financial Planning also processes paperwork for student employment (I-9).
Housing and Residence Life
Housing and Residence Life oversees all of Mercer’s on-campus residence halls. Resident Assistants (RAs) live in each hall and help develop a sense of community and accountability through activities each semester. The Residence Life website includes helpful housing tips, a packing checklist, and information on how to become a RA. The Residence Hall Association focuses on advocacy, education, and promoting student wellness. Be sure to check out the link to their online shop with great items including bedding packages, wall decor, and care packages.
Information Technology (IT) offers many resources to help support students’ use of technology during their time at Mercer. The IT website includes helpful tips, links to free software (including Microsoft Office 365), and information on student discounts for technology. There’s even a section for new students which includes computer recommendations and tips for getting started.
Mail and Document Services
Mail and Document Services offers a variety of shipping, document, and printing services to students, faculty, and staff. Students receive emails when they have packages or letters ready for pickup at their office in the University Center. Each student is assigned a Mercer Box that remains the same during their time at Mercer.
The Registrar’s Office produces the academic catalog and course schedules. They also process transcript requests, transient requests, transfer credits, and graduation applications.
Student Health Center
The Student Health Center is located on campus and provides health services for all Mercer students regardless of insurance coverage. Student Health provides many services including health care for acute illness and injuries, allergy injections, immunizations, women’s health, health education, and various physical exams.
The Student Loan Office processes paperwork for loan deferment, cancellation, and forbearance. They offer information on how to make payments and loan rehabilitation.
The Office for Student Success supports students in reaching their goals. Students can make an appointment for a success session where they meet with a staff member to discuss semester objectives and strategies for reaching goals. Student Success also has a number of programs to help students on their Mercer journey, including Real Talk. This is a monthly series featuring speakers from across campus with stories from their lives, and real talk about the ups and downs of navigating life in college.
Mercer University’s Title IX Coordinator is the designated official responsibility for coordinating the University’s compliance with Title IX and other federal and state laws and regulations relating to sex-based discrimination. Title IX creates a safe space to make a report, learn about options, provide information, and give access to resources and support.