Spring Orientation is a one-day session held each January prior to the beginning of classes for all new students enrolling for the spring semester. This orientation is for both first-year and transfer students. During Spring Orientation, new students will meet with a faculty advisor to finalize their spring schedule. Additionally, students will interact with new classmates, receive their student identification Bear Card and parking pass, and connect with other campus resources.
Beginning in November, all students who have submitted their enrollment deposit with the Office of Admissions will be sent a link via e-mail to complete their Online Academic Profile. Contact your Admissions Counselor in the Office of Admissions for more information related to registering for orientation.
Spring Orientation Preparations
Review the New Student Checklist>> for other helpful information in preparing for Spring Orientation.
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 spring semester. 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 spring course schedule.
Mercer University Office of the Registrar
1501 Mercer University Drive
Spring Orientation Schedule
Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. Spring Orientation will take place on Friday, January 6, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. New residential students will move into their residence hall at the end of their orientation day once their orientation goals have been met.
Bear Facts Booklet
Utilize the Spring Bear Facts>> to prepare for Spring Orientation and the upcoming semester.
International Student Orientation
If you are an international student enrolling in the Spring, please work with the Office of International Programs>> to plan for our arrival. International students will attend Spring Orientation on Friday, January 6, and International Student Orientation on Saturday, January 7, before classes begin on Monday, January 9.
Your Arrival to Campus
Due to early morning school traffic at our local elementary school, please follow these driving directions to campus:
- From I-75, take Exit #163 (Mercer University Drive).
- 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.
- Proceed to the first traffic light and turn left onto Stadium Dr. (entering campus)
- Turn left at the stop sign (you will pass the Hilton Garden Inn); this street will become Winship Street.
- Turn right onto Montpelier Ave. This street will become Coleman Ave. at the first stoplight.
- Continue on Coleman Ave. and proceed to the next stoplight at the corner of College Street and Coleman Ave.
- Turn right at the stoplight into campus (Tattnall Square Park will be on your left). 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.
Spring Orientation will begin in Penfield Hall, labeled as building #26 on our campus map>>. Orientation guests should park next to Penfield Hall and the Connell Student Center (building #26). 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). You will report to Penfield Hall for check-in between 8:30-9:00 a.m.
If your arrival to Mercer for Spring Orientation requires 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 for Spring Orientation>>.