Mercer is not the most diverse school you will encounter, especially considering its small-town feel and location in central Georgia. But, the University’s diversity has slowly been increasing in recent years, and there are many different ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds within the student body. However, most students tend to come from middle- or upper-class families and a majority of Mercerians are native Georgians with a religious background of the Protestant variety.
Regardless, the lack of diversity is counterbalanced by a general tolerance for people of all types. Mercer’s small population creates a difficult environment for intolerance because everyone knows everyone. Open bigotry or prejudice would hardly be overlooked in such a close-knit environment. Students from other areas of the country and international students make up a small percentage of the student body, but fortunately Mercerians are generally friendly, as befits a Southern school of a small size. What Mercer doesn’t have in diversity, the University makes up for with a welcoming environment for all.