Guide to Becoming a Mercer Student
Mercer Terms 101
Period between 10-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday when no classes are scheduled. Chapel is scheduled weekly during this time on Wednesdays; on Mondays and Fridays, a variety of meetings occur.
The Academic Resource Center, located in the bottom floor of the Connell Student Center, provides free academic services for students, including: tutoring, supplemental instruction, individualized assistance, and other academic resources to help students who may be struggling or looking for additional instruction in a course. For more information on the ARC resources, click
Bear Necessities Co-Op:
A snack bar and convenience store in the Connell Student Center. Review more Dining Services Web options
Blackboard: A computer program that many professors use to share information, post class notes and powerpoints, and assign homework.
BUS 103 Course:
A first-year seminar course, sponosored by the Stetson School of Business and Economics. Required of all entering students in the School of Business, and replaces UNV 101 that other first-year students in various colleges and schools enroll.
A document produced by the Registrar's Office. It includes information about degree programs in all colleges and course descriptions. Review the 2012-2013 Course Catalog here.
Fresh Food Company (FFC):
The dining hall on campus, also referred to as "the Caf," located in the Connell Student Center. All first-year students have ulimited meals for use at the Caf whenever it is open (three meals a day). They also have $200 dining dollars that may be used at the Co-Op (see above) or the UC Food Court (see below). Visit the Dining Services site
for more information
Grade Point Average
Students have the opportunity to select this track within the general education program. Classes focus on great texts throughout history as a gateway to understanding the present.
A fraternity or sorority member. For more information on Mercer's Greek Life community, click
The student handbook, which contains information on policies and departments. It also comes with a handy weekly calendar for students to use to keep their appointments. Read a copy
MEP: Stands for Mary Erin Porter, the name of a specific residence hall on campus. MEP refers to the residential complex consisting of Porter, Boone, and Dowell Halls. These halls typically house first-year female students.
A Mercer student.
MerPo: A common student abbreviation for Mercer Police, in reference to either the department or the building in which the department resides. Visit the Mercer Police website
MyMercer: The student portal where you'll view your class schedule, financial aid information, and register for classes. Visit
to learn more!
O-Group (Orientation Group): This is the group of students who go through Bear Beginnings (see above) together. This group is led by a PA (see below), and becomes a UNV or MAPS class.
OLT (Orientation Leadership Team): Two students who, having previously served as PAs (see below), have stepped up into a larger leadership role.
PA (Peer Advisor):
A student selected and trained by the Office of Academic and Advising Services to assist with summer and fall orientations, as well as to serve as peer mentors and class instructional assistants throughout a UNV or MAPS course.
The grassy area consisting of Knight, Ware, Wiggs, Hardman, Ryals, Langdale, Groover, Newton, Willingham, and Administration Halls.
RA (Resident Assistant):
A student that is selected and trained by the Office of Housing and Residence Life to build community in the residence hall. Visit the Office of Residence Life website
Three class days, two before and one during exam week, in which no meetings or social activities may occur.
A large room behind MEP where many events are held.
The mascot for Mercer-- a big, friendly bear.
The University Center, located in the heart of campus. This large facility includes the basketball arena, Heritage Hall celebrating Mercer's many accomplishments, a workout facility, pool, cafe, and offices for administrative staff. Visit the UC's website
A required first-year seminar course for all entering first-year students, unless enrolled in BUS 103. Some courses are discipline specific, such as for the School of Engineering and the Townsend School of Music, while others are general. These courses are designed to help students navigate their first semester to learn what it takes to be successful in college.
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