Academic Advising

May Orientation

May Orientation is a half-day session held each May prior to the beginning of summer term for all new students enrolling in classes during the first or second summer term. This orientation is for both first-year and transfer students.

Orientation Registration

FOR MAY ORIENTATION DATE, view Orientation Programs information>>

Beginning in April, all students who have submitted their enrollment deposit with the Office of Admissions will be sent a link via e-mail to complete their Mercer Academic Profile (MAP). Contact the Office of Academic and Advising Services>> for more information related to registering for orientation.

May Orientation Preparations

Review the New Student Checklist>> for other helpful information in preparing for May Orientation.
Final Transcripts

Submit any final transcripts from high school or college to Mercer's Office of the Registrar for final evaluation. Final evaluation is necessary for all transfer equivalencies to be figured prior to the summer term. After registering for orientation, students' academic information will be reviewed by an academic advisor. An academic advisor from the students' academic department will be in contact via e-mail or telephone to build your summer term course schedule.

Submit transcripts to:
Mercer University Office of the Registrar
1501 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 31207
Summer Term On-Campus Housing
If you are planning to live on-campus during the summer term, please complete your Summer Housing Contract as soon as possible. Submit your Housing Contract via your MyMercer account>>. Under the Residence Life/Housing section of MyMercer, select 'Housing Information' > 'Housing Contracts' > 'Summer' to access the contract. After you have completed the housing contract, log back into your MyMercer account and ‘Macon Housing’ site to self-assign your summer housing location.
Submit your Immunization Form

Your Immunization Form>> should be mailed back to the Student Health Center soon as possible. This document requires students to provide their immunization histories for measles, mumps, and rubella along with the signature of a physician or health care provider. It must be completely filled out and received by the Student Health Center before beginning classes at Mercer.

Review Health Insurance Information

All Mercer students are required to have health insurance coverage. Mercer provides coverage to all its students. Students are billed for the cost of health insurance coverage each semester. If you already have coverage under another policy and do not want to pay health insurance fee, you must complete an online Student Health Insurance Waiver. Carefully follow all instructions found on the Bursar's Office website>> as it relates to the summer term. NOTICE: YOU MUST WAIVE YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE EVERY SEMESTER YOU ARE ENROLLED. 

May Orientation Schedule

During May Orientation, new students will meet with a faculty advisor to finalize their summer schedule. Additionally, students will interact with new classmates, receive their student identification Bear Card and parking pass, and connect with other campus resources.

View the May 2019 Orientation Schedule and Bear Facts>>.

May Orientation will begin in Academic and Advising Services within Penfield Annex, labeled as building #27 on our campus map>>. May Orientation will begin with check-in at 8:00-8:30 a.m., with the orientation day ending by 1:00 p.m.

Your Arrival to Campus

Driving Directions

Due to early morning school traffic at our local elementary school, please follow these driving directions to campus:

  1. From I-75, take Exit #163 (Mercer University Drive).
  2. Turn right (if heading N on I-75) or turn left (if heading S on I-75) onto Mercer University Dr., heading E on GA 74.
  3. Proceed to the first traffic light and turn left onto Stadium Dr. (entering campus)
  4. Turn left at the stop sign (you will pass the Hilton Garden Inn); this street will become Winship Street.
  5. Turn right onto Montpelier Ave. This street will become Coleman Ave. at the first stoplight.
  6. Continue on Coleman Ave. and proceed to the next stoplight at the corner of College Street and Coleman Ave.
  7. Turn right at the stoplight into campus (Tattnall Square Park will be on your left).
  8. Turn right at the stop sign into the Connell Student Center parking lot.

Those parking in overflow parking will proceed straight through the College Street/Coleman Ave. stoplight and turn right after the Tift and Lee Alumni Houses (labeled as buildings #18 and #19 on the campus map) and before the Honors Cottage (labeled as building #20 on the campus map). An Orientation staff member will be stationed at the access gate to direct you through the gate and into the parking lot.


Orientation guests should park next to Penfield Hall (building #26) and the Connell Student Center (building #22). Once this lot fills, orientation staff will guide you to our overflow lot. Overflow parking is located off of Ash Street behind Mary Erin Porter Residence Hall (building #21 on our campus map).

Hotel Recommendations

If you are planning an overnight visit, please refer to our list of hotel recommendations>>.  Should you choose to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn at Mercer University, visit the personalized reservation page to book your stay for May Orientation>>.