Mercer University is an independent, private, coeducational university with a Baptist heritage located in the U.S. state of Georgia. Mercer is the only university of its size in the United States that offers programs in eleven diversified fields of study: liberal arts, business, education, music, engineering, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law, theology, and continuing and professional studies. Mercer enrolls approximately 8,300 students in its eleven colleges and schools. Mercer's twelfth academic unit, the College of Health Professions, will open on July 1, 2013.
Mercer has major campuses in Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah, regional academic centers in Henry County, Douglas County, Eastman, and Newnan, teaching hospitals in Macon, Savannah, and Columbus, a university press and a performing arts center in Macon, and the Mercer Engineering Research Center in Warner Robins.
Mercer opened the University Center on the Macon campus in 2004. The $40 million 230,000-square-foot (21,000 m2) center houses Mercer's athletics department, a 3,500-seat basketball arena, an indoor pool, work-out facilities, intramural basketball courts, an air-rifle range, offices, a food court, and numerous meeting facilities. Mercer's baseball, softball, and intramural fields are next to the center along with the university's tennis complex and football-lacrosse complex. In 2007, a 101-room Hilton Garden Inn opened on university-owned land adjacent to the University Center.