Mercersburg Academy

 
300 East Seminary Street - Mercersburg, PA 17236 USA (717) 328-6173 http://www.mercersburg.edu/
Boarding School | Day School

History

Mercersburg Academy prepares young men and women from diverse backgrounds for college and for life in a global community. Students at Mercersburg pursue a rigorous and dynamic curriculum while learning to live together harmoniously in a supportive residential environment. Mercersburg’s talented faculty instill in students the value of hard work and the importance of character and community as they teach students to think for themselves, to approach life thoughtfully and creatively, to thrive physically, to act morally, to value the spiritual dimension of human existence, and to serve others.

Overview

Region
Harrisburg PA Area
Program Emphasis
Boarding School
Day School
All Grades 9-12, PG
Boarding Grades 9-12, PG
Grade Divisions
Post Graduate
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Dress Code Casual
School Setting Small Town
Campus Size (Acres) 300 acres
Head of School Douglas Hale
Endowment $200 million

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.mercersburg.edu/
Director of Admission Thomas Adams
Admission Application Apply to Mercersburg Academy
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $50 USA; $100 international
Application Deadline(s) January 31
Financial Aid Deadline(s) January 31
Financial Aid Awarded $4.4 million
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 42
Admission Tests Accepted
SSAT
Day Student Tuition $35,150.00
Boarding Student Tuition $46,950.00
International Student Tuition $46,950.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 438
Boys 235
Girls 203
% Boys/Girls 54/46
Boarding Students 369
Day Students 69
International
Canada
China
Germany
Japan
Korea
Spain
Taiwan
Thailand
United States
Alaska
California
Connecticut
Dist. of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Majority of students come from Other(Middle Atlantic)
% of Students of Color 19
% of International Students 16

Academics

Full Time Faculty 98
% of Faculty with Doctorate 8%
% of Faculty with Masters 70%
Student/Faculty ratio 5:1
Average Class Size 12
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
American Literature
Art
Art History
Biology
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Chorus
Classics
Community Service
Computer Graphics
Computer Math
Computer Programming
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Dance
Discrete Math
Drama
Earth Science
Economics
Electives
English
English as a Second Language
English Literature
Environmental Science
European History
Fine Arts
French
Geometry
German
Health
History
Human Development
Humanities
Latin
Mathematics
Music
Music Composition
Music Theory
Outdoor Education
Physics
Pre-calculus
Psychology
Religion
Science
Sculpture
Sociology
Spanish
Speech
Studio Art
Trigonometry
World History
World Literature
A.P. Courses Offered
Art History
Biology
Calculus AB
Chemistry
Computer Science A
English Language
European History
French Language
French Literature
Latin Literature
Physics B
US History

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math) 614
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal) 612
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Amherst College, Boston College, Brown, Bucknell University, Columbia University, Duke University, Franklin and Marshall College, Gettysburg College, Kenyon College, Penn State University, Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Washington and Lee
% of Graduates Who Attend College 97%

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
baseball
basketball
cross-country
diving
field hockey
football
golf
lacrosse
soccer
softball
squash
swimming
tennis
track and field
volleyball
wrestling
Recreational Sports
baseball
basketball
bowling
camping
canoe
cross-country running
cycling
dance
fitness
flag football
golf
hiking
karate
kayaking
martial arts
outdoor club/skills
rock climbing
skiing
soccer
softball
swimming
table tennis
tennis
ultimate frisbee
volleyball
walking
yoga
Extra-Curricular Activities
A Capella
African American Club
Art Club
Asian Club
Choir
Chorus
Community Service Program
Debate Club
Digital Photography Club
Dorm Proctors
Drama Club
French Club
Honor Council
International Club
Investment Club
Judiciary Board
Key Club
Literary Magazine
Math Club
Model UN
National Honor Society
Newspaper
Orchestra
Peer Tutoring
Photography Club
Quiz Bowl
Recycling Club
School Band
Spanish Club
Stock Market Club
Student Government
Student Publications
Tour Guides
Volunteer Club
Yearbook
Young Democrats
Young Republicans

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  • Financial Aid Deadline(s): January 31
  • Financial Aid Awarded: $4.4 million
  • % of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 42

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