The Only Private Institution in Georgia Competing in Division I Athletics

Women's basketball team celebrates NCAA Tournament bid.

At Mercer, our Bears are true student-athletes. Not only do they compete, they compete well — both on the fields and courts and in the classroom.

Recent notable achievements include:

  • The men’s basketball team’s defeat of Duke in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
  • The 2013 reinstatement of football and setting an NCAA record for the most wins ever (10) by a first-year program.
  • The baseball team in 2016 won its second consecutive Southern Conference regular season championship.
  • Baseball player Kyle Lewis earned practically every major national award for the 2016 season, including the coveted Golden Spikes Award. He was drafted in the first round by the Seattle Mariners.
  • The women’s basketball team, composed primarily of freshmen and sophomores, won the SoCon regular season championship in 2015-2016 and halted Chattanooga’s 52-game conference winning streak.

Mercer student-athletes also achieve great success in the classroom.

  • In the 2015–2016 academic year, 74 percent of Mercer student-athletes achieved a grade-point-average of 3.0 or better. The grade-point-average for all student-athletes for the year was 3.351. Mercer athletes led the SoCon with 296 named to the Academic Honor Roll, including 26 who earned a 4.0 G.P.A. For the second straight year, the Bears led the league in recipients, improving on the 263 that earned the distinction during the 2014-15 campaign. Mercer’s 296 honorees were 90 more than any other institution.
  • Previously, the Mercer Athletic Department earned its first Barrett-Bonner Award, given to the Southern Conference institution that places the highest percentage of its student athletes on the league's academic honor roll. Mercer placed 67.8 percent of its student-athletes on the Honor Roll for the 2014-15 academic year. This is the first year Mercer was eligible to win the award.

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