Mercersburg Academy

100 Academy Drive
Mercersburg, PA 17236
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Founded in 1893 in southern Pennsylvania, Mercersburg Academy gives students in grades 9-12 and postgraduates the opportunity to live and learn with fellow young adults from 28 states and 44 countries.
Mercersburg students benefit from a 300-acre campus, a 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio, 145 academic courses, 27 varsity sports teams, a robust performing and fine arts program, a robotics program, an outdoor education program, dozens of clubs and student organizations, global travel opportunities, and $10 million in annual financial aid.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 447 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $72,925
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $45,600
  • Acceptance rate: 25%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Mercersburg Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 289 schools) for:

Category
Attribute
Student Attention
Offering Breadth
Student Test Scores
Student Test Scores

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Mercersburg Academy
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
8-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1893
1907
Campus Size
300 acres
130 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
447 students
310 students
% Students of Color
41%
25%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
83%
67%
Average SAT Score
1390
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
32
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Restrictions apply for standard dress
Casual
Average Class Size
12 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
7:1
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
79%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$389 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$72,925
$64,000
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$45,600
$35,000
% Students on Financial Aid
46%
40%
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 31
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
25%
60%
Director of Admissions
Grace Megaffin

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
33
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Asian Student Union, Baking Club, Black Student Union, Blue Key Society (tour guides), Book Club, Chess Club, Computer Science Club, Debate Club, Digital Entertainment Development Club, French Club, Gamers Club, Green Team, Humans of Mercersburg Club, Irving Literary Society, Jewish Club, Marshall Literary Society, Meditation Club, Mercersburg Inclusion Alliance, Mercersburg Jr. Classical League (Latin Club), Model United Nations, Photography Club, Rainbow Alliance, Science Club, Sixth Man Club, Spanish Club, Student Activities Committee, Student Alumni Association, Student Athlete Advisory Council, The Fifteen, The Hungry Philosophers Guild, The Mercersburg News, Voices 4 Justice, Women's Activist Club

College Matriculation

Year:
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

  • Founded in 1893, Mercersburg Academy is an environment that allows young people to navigate their teenage years unfettered but supported and supervised. Mercersburg has nearly 130 years of perfecting what it means to be a proving ground for college and life. With students from 28 states and 44 countries, Mercersburg is a microcosm of our global community. We offer a beautiful 300-acre campus with impressive facilities, 145 academic courses, 27 varsity sports teams, nine music, dance, and theatre ensembles, 30+ student clubs, an outdoor education program, a global travel program, and other offerings. Relationships developed here are authentic and lifelong. Our faculty have dedicated their professional careers to working with teens, and our students define themselves here and graduate inspired to change the world.
  • Mercersburg Academy accreditations: Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Jimmy Stewart '28 - Academy Award-winning actor
    • Benicio Del Toro '85 - Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning actor
    • Melvin Stewart '88 - Olympic Gold Medal swimmer
    • Michael Davies '85 - Emmy Award-winning producer, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
    • Rebecca Lowe '99 - NBC sportscaster; former ESPN UK and BBC sports journalist
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Mercersburg Academy cost?
Mercersburg Academy's tuition is approximately $72,925 for boarding students and $45,600 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of Mercersburg Academy?
The acceptance rate of Mercersburg Academy is 25%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 60%. Mercersburg Academy's acceptance rate is ranked as one of the top boarding schools with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from Mercersburg Academy?
Mercersburg Academy famous alumni include: Jimmy Stewart '28, Benicio Del Toro '85, Melvin Stewart '88, Michael Davies '85 and Rebecca Lowe '99.
What sports does Mercersburg Academy offer?
Mercersburg Academy offers 27 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track and Wrestling. Mercersburg Academy is ranked as one of the top boarding schools for most sports offered.
Does Mercersburg Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Mercersburg Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Mercersburg Academy's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Mercersburg Academy?
The application deadline for Mercersburg Academy is Jan. 31.

Alumni Reviews Review School

Review
Description

Class of 2018
5.00
University of Pennsylvania
Mercersburg has an incredibly beautiful campus. It is a place for reflection as much as anything else. The gothic chapel is designed by the architect who built Princeton University's chapel, and it carries a rich. . .

Class of 2018
5.00
Vassar College
Mercersburg has a unique community in that everyone is so connected and there really is a sense of family among the students and teachers. Everyone is incredibly kind, welcoming, ambitious, and curious. the relationships I. . .

Class of 2016
5.00
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Mercersburg had a rotating class schedule, and kept all classes under an hour. This way, students were able to learn for concentrated amounts of time, four hours a week, while not experiencing their least favorite. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 447 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $72,925
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $45,600
  • Acceptance rate: 25%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31
  • Source: Verified school update

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