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:

8:30-10:30 AM


10:45-12:45 PM


August Information

1. Opening Day Details for Commuter Students>>

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

2. Campus Map>>

3. Residential Students: Specific directions to your residence hall (available above)

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

4. Residential Students: Your Opening Day Parking Pass (available above)

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

5. Residential Students: Packing List>>

**Note: Packing restrictions and prohibited items are listed on pages 21-22 of the 2018-2019 Community Standards Handbook>>.

**Other Important Housing Questions Addressed and Answered via the Office of Housing and Residence Life website>>.

Campus Offices

The following offices will hold business hours on Opening Day:

Academic and Advising Services:

Open 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Admissions Office:

Open 8:30 AM to 2:45 PM

Auxiliary Services (Bear Cards, Meal Plans, Cable Connectors, & Data Patch Cords):

Open 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM


Open 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Bursar's Office:

Open 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Information Technology (within Tarver Library):

Open 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Mercer Mail and Document Services (within the University Center):

Open 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Mercer University Police (within the University Center during and after Refreshments with Toby):

Decals available from 1:00 to 5:00 PM

Registrar's Office:
Open 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Student Affairs (Dean of Students):
Open 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Student Health Center:
Open 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Student Financial Planning:
Open 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Tarver Library:
Open 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

International Student Arrival

First-year international students work with Dr. Richard Spivey within the Office of International Programs>> to plan your arrival to campus. International students are expected to arrive on Wednesday, August 14 and participate in International Student Orientation through Friday, August 16 before attending the larger, first-year student fall orientation program, Bear Beginnings, from Saturday, August 17-Monday, August 19.

Opening Day Festivities: Refreshments with Toby

From 1:00-3:15 p.m., grab a snack and celebrate your first day of college with a FREE photo & frame, browse Mercer merchandise at the Bookstore’s “pop up shop,” and obtain your 2019-2020 parking decal from the Mercer Police table.

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.