Move In 2015

Opening Day

FOR OPENING DAY DATE, view Orientation Programs information>>

The Mercer community always eagerly awaits your arrival on campus, and we hope that Opening Day will be an exciting time for you and your family!

Hotel Accommodations

If your move to campus requires overnight accommodations, 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 Opening Day and Bear Beginnings weekend>>.

Move-In Time Frames

Due to traffic patterns and the assistance of Mercer Mover volunteers, new students are asked to move to campus during their assigned time frame:

8:30-11:00 a.m.
Legacy Hall's Odd Room Numbers
Plunkett Hall's Even Room Numbers
Porter Hall
Roberts Hall

11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Boone Hall
Dowell Hall
Legacy Hall's Even Room Numbers
Plunkett Hall's Odd Room Numbers

August Mailing

In preparation for Opening Day, the August Newsletter>> is sent via e-mail during the beginning of the month of August. The August Mailing is complete with:

1. Directions to campus for commuter students>>

**Note: Commuter students and families should drive separately to campus on Opening Day so families can depart following the Commuter Program.

2. Recent Campus Map>>

3. Residential Students: Specific directions to your residence hall>>

**Note: Please follow your specific driving directions to ease navigation of campus during Opening Day!

4. Residential Students: Your Opening Day Parking Pass>>

**Note: Place print the parking pass specific to your residence hall

5. Residential Students: Packing List>>

**Note: Packing restrictions and prohibited items are listed on pages 20-21 of the 2017-2018 Housing Handbook>>.

Campus Offices

The following offices will hold business hours on Opening Day:

Academic and Advising Services:

Open 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Auxiliary Services and Mail Services:

Open 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Bursar's Office:

Open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Information Technology (within Tarver Library):

Open 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mercer University Police (for parking decals):

Decals available in the Connell Student Center Lobby from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Registrar's Office:
Open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Student Affairs (Dean of Students):
Open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Student Health Center:
Open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Student Financial Planning:
Open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tarver Library:
Open 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Opening Day Festivities: Refreshments with Toby

Come grab a snack with Toby, our beloved mascot, in the afternoon of Opening Day at Refreshments with Toby.  While at Refreshments with Toby, all first-year students can get a FREE photo and frame to commemorate their first day of college.

Opening Day Festivities: Welcome Ceremony

Following Refreshments with Toby in the afternoon, join us for the welcome ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in the University Center's Hawkins Arena. Mercer faculty and staff welcome students to campus and share Mercer traditions. This is also where first-year students learn more about their Bear Beginnings program that takes place over the course of their next few days on campus. From 4:00-7:00 p.m., residential students and families can wrap up any loose ends, eat dinner, and say your goodbyes. ALL FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO CHECK-IN AT THE UC FOR THE BEAR BEGINNINGS KICK-OFF AT 7:00 P.M. The Bear Beginnings fall orientation program>> begins in the evening of Opening Day and lasts until Monday afternoon before classes begin on Tuesday.

Opening Day Festivities: Commuter Student Program

After the Welcome Ceremony, Commuter students and families attend the Commuter Program in the UC President’s Dining Room to learn more about the commuter student transition to college. Families depart at 5:00 p.m. Students continue their program, eat dinner together, and check-in for Bear Beginnings in the UC at 7:00 p.m. Please note: All meals throughout the Bear Beginnings program will be provided to our commuter students FREE of charge.