Summer Program For New Students
Welcome to Mercer!
For those invited by Mercer to participate in this program, this five-week session allows students to enroll in three college courses and attend programs that are designed to promote academic success.
Requirements of the Summer Program include components that help acclimate students to the rigors of college academics, enhance learning and study skills, and better prepare participants for life as a full-time college students! The program also provides opportunities to socialize with classmates and get to know key faculty and staff.
Summer Program Requirements
Student Planning Worksheet
Macon Campus Map
Housing: What To Bring
Summer Housing Contract
2013 Program Calendar
1. Review this page's
2. Complete the
Student Planning Worksheet.
Please note: this form will take
approximately 15 minutes to complete.
3. Pay tution and fees once you have been registered for summer courses.
4. Accept or decline
health insurance between June 11 and July 5, 2013.
5. If living on-campus for this five-week program, pack appropriately.
6. Join us on Friday, June 21, 2013 for Summer Orientation, check-in for the Summer Program for New Students, an informational session, and dinner!
7. Learn the Fight Song for fun!
8. Study hard, meet people,
and make Mercer your
home away from home.
9. Read The Whisper of the River by Ferroll Sams to prepare for Bear Beginnings on August 17, 2013.
Academic and Advising Services
Dr. Kevin Cummings
Dr. Andy Digh
Computer Science Building
Dr. Linda Hensel
Willett Science Center
Dr. Paul Lewis
Dr. John Lee
Science & Engineering Building
2013 Residence Life Staff
Resident Assistant on Duty
All students take English Composition 108 (ENG 108) and Learning Skills 185 (LSK 185) and then choose between Old Testament (CHR 101) or Intermediate Algebra (MAT 095). Course descriptions, as well as additional academic requirements, follow below.
Required Course 1: English Composition (ENG 108)
This course focuses on the basic form of college writing and includes introduction to research.
Required Course 2: Learning Skills (LSK 185)
This course is devoted to learning about study skills and campus support resources. It also provides an opportunity for you to focus on your daily/weekly assignments outside of the classroom.
Course 3, Option A: Old Testament (CHR 101)
An introduction to the history, literature, and theology of the Old Testament.
Course 3, Option B: Intermediate Algebra (MAT 095)
This review of algebra may be required for certain students in certain majors, and it does not count toward graduation hours.
Be sure to indicate your choice on the Student Planning Worksheet found under "Important Documents" at the top of the column on the right.
Weekly Meetings with your summer Faculty Advisor
Students are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of the program. Utilize your assigned advisor to discuss your ongoing academic progress.
The Start Date: Friday, June 21, 2013
Students will attend Summer Orientation on Friday, June 21 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. (Completing the online Academic Profile for Fall 2013 classes will allow you to select this option.)
Residential students can check-in to their summer assignment from 3:00 to 4:00 PM at Porter Residence Hall, following the conclusion of your summer orientation program. All students (commuting and residential) and their visiting families are invited to a short informational session at 6:00 PM in Penfield Hall, followed by dinner with faculty and staff connected with the Summer Program. Dress is casual, so come-as-you-are!
After the Opening Weekend activities (June 21- June 23), classes begin on Monday, June 24. Students will have required sessions on Saturday, June 22 and possibly on Sunday, June 23, and should not plan other activities on these dates. No additional programs for family members are planned after the opening dinner on Friday, June 21.
The University is closed (and there are no classes) on Thursday, July 4. The last day of classes is Wednesday, July 24. Finals are scheduled for Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27. Residential students should plan to move out of Porter Hall on Sunday, July 28 at noon.
Students and families are encouraged to visit the Mercer Bookstore before 5:00 PM on Friday, June 21 to purchase their books for summer courses. The cost of books is not included in the program fees.
Students living on campus will be housed in Porter Residence Hall. Porter offers suite-style accommodations with two or four bedrooms and a shared bath. Men will live on one end of the hall and women will live on the other (or men will live on one floor and women on another).
Students living on campus will meet their roommates on move-in day!
For residential students, program costs include a meal plan, good for use on those days when University food services are open. You will also have $100 in dining dollars added to your student ID for use in the University Center Food Court when University food services are open. You may deposit additional amounts to your BearCard at any time during the summer program.
For commuter students, program costs include a meal plan that is good for weekday lunches. You may add additional amounts to your BearCard at any time during the summer program.
On-campus meal service will not be available during all weekends or July 4. Students living on campus will have Micro-fridges in their rooms to use during these times.
Tuition and Fees
This includes tuition for eight credit hours, on-campus housing, program fees, and a meal plan.
This includes tuition for eight credit hours, M-F lunches, and program fees. Please Note: Commuting students are required to attend weekly meetings with their faculty advisors.
Students of Employees with Tuition Benefits
Please contact your Admissions counselor regarding your specific program fees.
Please pay fees upon receipt of your statement. The Bursar's Office will also be open on Friday, June 21 to collect fees. Tuition and Fees do not include textbooks.
Personal Summer Jobs
Because of the intense rigor of this five-week experience, we recommend that students do not attempt to work a full or part-time job during the program.
Students are allowed to have vehicles on campus. Parking decals are not required for the summer but will be issued for the next academic year when students return to campus in August. (There is no additional charge for parking.)
Students are expected to attend every class during the five-week experience. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM until approximately 5:00 PM and on Friday from 9:00-11:00 AM. Thursday, July 4, 2013 is the only recognized holiday during the program.
Mercer students must maintain insurance coverage. Students, except those enrolled in the Regional Academic Centers or distance learning programs, are automatically enrolled in the University-sponsored student health plan. There is a $161 charge for this coverage for Summer Session II. To have the charge removed from your Mercer account, you must enter your personal insurance information at http://bursar.mercer.edu/macon/student-health/ between June 11 and July 5, 2013. Once you are registered for classes, you may complete the form to have the charge removed from your account.
Fall Academic Requirements
For students who successfully complete the summer courses with a grade of C or higher in each, and meet the prescribed summer requirements listed above, Fall requirements are:
- Enrollment in a maximum of 12-14 credit hours
- Ongoing meetings with your summer and/or fall academic advisor
- An Academic Improvement Plan for Spring 2014 for any student who earns below a 2.0 GPA in the fall semester.