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 27 states and 39 countries.
Mercersburg students benefit from a 300-acre campus, a 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio, 170 academic courses, 27 varsity sports, a robust performing and fine arts program, a robotics program, an outdoor education program, dozens of clubs and student organizations, global travel opportunities, and $8 million in annual financial aid.

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  • 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. . .
  • 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
    5 Stars  
    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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Mercersburg Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 304 schools) for:

Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Mercersburg AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG5-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18931907
Campus Size300 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment445 students306 students
% Students of Color
33%
25%
% International Students
21%
20%
% Students Boarding
85%
70%
Average SAT Score1368* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1210 - 1450-
Average ACT score30*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Restrictions apply for standard dress)
Casual
Average Class Size10 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio4:17:1
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
73%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$397 million$24 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$64,150$59,050
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$38,025$32,995
% Students on Financial Aid
50%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$36,573$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 31Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Average Percentile SSAT75%-
Acceptance Rate
33%
57%
Director of AdmissionsZach Swope

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered2716
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

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations3523
ExtracurricularsClub 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, Equestrian Club, French Club, Gamers Club, German 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)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Mercersburg Academy is an independent coed boarding and day school that allows students in grades 9-12 and postgraduates to define themselves through the establishment of meaningful relationships and exposure to a range of academic, extracurricular, and co-curricular opportunities. Mercersburg students actively and confidently experience the world both on and off campus. We understand the benefit of experiential learning and provide the ideal academic setting for a balanced and authentic learning environment. Mercersburg Academy believes in the value of honoring the past, engaging the present, and preparing for the future. Founded in 1893, the school 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 445 boarding and day students from 27 states and 39 nations. The beautiful 300-acre campus is 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, MD, and within three hours of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
  • 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

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