100 Academy Drive
Mercersburg, PA 17236
Mercersburg Academy Photo #1
Mercersburg Academy Photo #1
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 32 states and 46 countries.
Mercersburg students benefit from a 300-acre campus, a 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio, 160 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 $9 million in annual financial aid.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 446 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,900
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $39,650
  • Acceptance rate: 28%
  • 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 294 schools) for:

Student Attention
Offering Breadth
Student Test Scores

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Mercersburg Academy
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
School Type
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
300 acres
125 acres

Student Body

446 students
314 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Restrictions apply for standard dress
Average Class Size
12 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$362 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 31
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Zach Swope



Total Extracurricular Organizations
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

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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 32 states and 46 countries, Mercersburg is a microcosm of our global community. We offer a beautiful 300-acre campus with impressive facilities, 160 academic courses, 27 varsity sports teams, nine music, dance, and theatre ensembles, 50+ 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 $66,900 for boarding students and $39,650 for day students.

What is the acceptance rate of Mercersburg Academy?

The acceptance rate of Mercersburg Academy is 28%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 58%.

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


Class of 2018
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
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 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. . .
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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 446 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,900
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $39,650
  • Acceptance rate: 28%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31
  • Source: Verified school update

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