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The financial cost of COVID-19: How Mercer is navigating a financially uncertain world

Signage in the Connell Student Center informs patrons about university safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
November 9, 2020
Mercer University, like many institutions of higher learning, was poised for a financial hit in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Mercer largely evaded an economic crisis. Here's how the administration pulled it off.

Study abroad office grapples with changing restrictions, pandemic

Lisa Fortin, a study abroad ambassador for Mercer’s study abroad office, poses for a picture under the “Study Abroad” sign in Ryals Hall in February.
November 8, 2020
As the pandemic sent schools into virtual learning and Mercer’s partner universities overseas sent their international students home, Mercer’s study abroad office had a logistical challenge on their plates.

Mercer cancels spring break, plans ahead for new semester amid pandemic

Mercer University canceled its spring break, which was set to take place midway through the spring 2021 semester, to discourage travel to and from campus during the coronavirus pandemic.
November 7, 2020
Mercer University canceled its spring break, which was set to take place midway through the spring 2021 semester. The Macon undergraduate campus will observe four midweek breaks throughout the semester.

Mercer enrolls 951 new undergrad students amid pandemic

Friends play a card game in the freshman dorm Legacy Hall.
October 7, 2020
Mercer University enrolled 951 new residential undergraduate students this year, even amid a pandemic that threatened college admissions nationwide.

Mercer to administer free flu shots to prevent ‘twindemic’

Mercer to administer free flu shots to prevent ‘twindemic’
October 2, 2020
The vaccine will be available Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 in the Connell Student Center Lobby from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Shots will also be administered Oct. 22, 23, 26 and 27 in Heritage Hall of the University Center from 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

BREAKING: Mercer announces 10 new cases of COVID-19

BREAKING: Mercer announces 10 new cases of COVID-19
October 2, 2020
Mercer University announced 10 new cases of the novel coronavirus between its Macon and Atlanta campuses in its weekly testing summary published Friday. That’s the lowest number of positive cases reported in a weekly update this fall.

NEWS RUNDOWN: Mercer expands med school, Tarver installs commuter lounge and students phone bank for Biden

Mercer University holds a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its planned medical school campus in Uptown Columbus on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Photo provided by Mercer University Marketing Communications
September 26, 2020
Mercer University and its students have been busy since the fall semester began. Here’s a rundown of some of the top news stories from campus and beyond.

Great Books program implements three-year diversity plan 

The Great Books program is one of the two general education tracks for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
September 25, 2020
The new director of the Great Books program, Charlotte Thomas,  is working on a three-year plan to incorporate more works written by female authors and authors of color into the Great Books curriculum.

Pilgrimage to Penfield to stay on campus

Students visit Jesse Mercer's gravesite during 2019's Pilgrimage to Penfield.
September 22, 2020

Every fall, first-year students load onto charter buses and make the “Pilgrimage to Penfield,” where students go to the site of Mercer’s founding. This year, however, new students will be attending...

Student files lawsuit against Mercer over spring coronavirus response

Student files lawsuit against Mercer over spring coronavirus response
September 15, 2020
A Mercer University senior filed a class-action lawsuit against the school on behalf of all students who paid tuition for “in-person, hands-on educational services and experiences” in the spring 2020 semester.

Mercer begins undergraduate COVID-19 surveillance testing 

Mercer begins undergraduate COVID-19 surveillance testing 
September 12, 2020
Mercer University began surveillance testing on the Macon campus for undergraduate students on Sept. 1. The university previously began this testing procedure in graduate and professional programs in Macon and Atlanta on Aug. 25. 

Mercer University updates mask guidelines

Lucia Gutierrez wears a mask in the University Center.
September 8, 2020
Mercer University updated their COVID-19 policies surrounding face masks Aug. 24. While Mercer first put into place a mask requirement during its second summer session, the policy was expanded in mid-August after fall classes began. The original policy, sent out in July, did not specify what kind of masks were acceptable or how users would be required to wear them. The updated policy now specifies that all individuals on-campus are required to wear masks that cover their nose, mouth and chin. 
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