Mercersburg Academy

5.00 5 1 (16 reviews)
Tel: 717-328-6173
300 East Seminary Street
Mercersburg, PA 17236
  • Why Mercersburg? Because Mercersburg Academy is a student-centered school that allows students to define themselves through the establishment of meaningful relationships and exposure to a vast range of academic, extra-curricular, and co-curricular opportunities.
  • Mercersburg students actively and confidently experience the world both on campus and abroad.
  • We understand the benefit of learning by doing in a school setting that promotes a balanced and authentic learning environment.
  • Founded in 1893, Mercersburg Academy is committed to providing students with the opportunity to live and learn in a richly diverse academic environment that provides a rigorous and relevant curriculum to 430 boarding and day students from 30 states, including the District of Columbia, and 40 nations.
  • The beautiful 300-acre campus, which is home to state of the art facilities and seven recently renovated residence halls, is 90 minutes from Washington, DC and Baltimore, and short driving distance to New York and Philadelphia.

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  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars   10/18/2017
    Duke University
    Opportunity and Community were the two buzzwords that largely encompass my Mercersburg experience. What lies between these two speaks just as loudly. There is a certain "presence of the present" that exists at Mercersburg that. . .

  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars   10/24/2017
    Georgetown University
    Building a sense of community is definitely a theme throughout boarding schools, but how well Mercersburg cultivates community sets it apart. Students are required to participate in an afterschool activity every term and since the. . .

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   8/28/2017
    College of William and Mary
    One of the most defining aspects of Mercersburg Academy, and one of the most significant parts of the school in my experience is the number of ways they encourage their students to either travel or. . .

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   12/3/2016
    Tufts University
    We have sit-down meals everyday of the weekday. The tables rotate every two weeks so you really get to know different faculties and students. We also have Irving-Marshall week, so students are divided into two. . .

  • Class of 2013
    5 Stars   12/17/2016
    Hillsdale College
    This school is one-of-a-kind. I could seriously write for hours. I guess one thing that really stands out above all the rest of the amazing parts of this school is the Burgin Center for the. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Mercersburg AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18931910
Campus Size300 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment440 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1349* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1210 - 1450-
Average ACT score29*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered4016
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$265 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$30,000$22,410
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineJan. 15Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsQuentin McDowell
Associate Director of AdmissionsAmy Mohr

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered4016
Link to List of AP Courses:View List of AP Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2714
SportsAlpine 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, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations5823
ExtracurricularsAASU (African American Student Union), Amnesty International Club, Animation Club, Asian Club, Biking Club, Blue Key, Blue Review (Literary Magazine), Book Club, Business Club, Car Club, Chorale, Class Council, Classics Club, Community Service Club, Computer Club, Concert Club, Conduct Review Board, Cornucopia (Music Listening Club), Cum Laude, Democrats Club, Fifteen (Literary Text Discussion), French Club, FROSTE (Facts, Reason, Objectivity, Skepticism, Thinking, Evidence), Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), German Club,

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 201210 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
United States Naval Academy26
Lehigh University10
New York University9
Penn. State University9
Dickinson College8
George Washington University7
Johns Hopkins University7
University of Pittsburgh7
Bates College6
University of Pennsylvania6
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

    Distinctive features:5:1 student-faculty ratio; 160+ courses and 40 AP/Honors courses; 72 percent of faculty hold advanced degrees; extensive study abroad programs across the world and language exchange programs for students studying German, French, Spanish, Chinese and Latin; $252 million endowment; $6 million in financial aid; 25 competitive varsity athletic teams; 10-court Davenport Squash Center; 14-court Smoyer Tennis Center; 65,000 sq ft. Burgin Center for the Arts; newly renovated Nolde Gymnasium. Graduates go on to the nation`s top colleges and universities. Alumni include 7 Rhodes Scholars, 12 Olympic gold medalists, 2 Academy Award Winners, and a Nobel laureate.
  • In 2014, 30 students were named AP Scholars, 18 were named Scholars with Honor, and 38 were named Scholars with Distinction, and five were named National Scholars.
  • 25 members of the Mercersburg Class of 2014 were formally introduced as members of the Cum Laude Society. The Cum Laude Society, a national academic honor society, is the high-school equivalent of the college-level Phi Beta Kappa.
  • Travel opportunities this year permitted students faculty members to visit nine different countries over spring and summer breaks. To increase global awareness and participate in service opportunities, students visited China, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Haiti, Poland, South Africa, and Spain. Students and faculty also traveled domestically to Charleston, SC, the Grand Canyon, New River Gorge, WV, New Orleans, LA, Orlando, FL, Virginia Beach, VA and Westlake, TX.  
  • Mercersburg recently announced a generous bequest of $3.9 million from alumnus Howard Flock, a member of the school`s Class of 1940. His gift will support international travel study programs for Mercersburg students. 
  • As part of Mercersburg`s endowed lecture series, the community enjoyed presentations from many notable authors and artists, including National Book Award Winner James McBride, author of The Color of Water and The Good Lord Bird. Other recent speakers of note include: Jonathan Haidt, author and professor at NYU's Stern School of Business; Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations at Boston University; and Lisa Shannon, the first grassroots activist in the United States to raise awareness of the human-rights crisis in the Congo.
  • School accreditations: Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Jimmy Stewart '28 - Actor, Academy Award winner
    • Benicio Del Toro '85 - Actor, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner
    • Melvin Stewart, Jr. '88 - Olympic Gold Medalist, 200-meter Butterfly (Olympic Record), Barcelona, 1992; Olympic Gold Medalist, 400-meter Medley Relay and 800-meter Freestyle Relay, Barcelona, 1992
    • Michael Davies '85 - Emmy Winning Producer, ABC's Who wants to be a Millionaire?
    • Mark Talbott '78 - Top-ranked professional squash player in the world from 1983-1995; one of the 15 inaugural inductees into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame.
    • Dr. Lucian Leape '48 - Harvard professor and father of the modern patient safety movement in the United States
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