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At Mercersburg, we value individual differences and believe in open dialogue and diversity of thought. Life at Mercersburg offers something for every student, whether you want to explore a current interest or to discover something new.

Mercersburg Academy is a true boarding school—about 85 percent of our students live on campus, and all of our day students are affiliated with a campus dorm. The residential experience educates the whole student, both in and out of the classroom.

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Students Working Out in Gym
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At Mercersburg, we build a strong community through evening and weekend activities, such as club meetings, study groups, off-campus trips, spiritual offerings, and much more. We care about our environmental impact, and we make the health and wellness of each student our top priority.

Adviser System

Living away from home can be a real challenge for teenagers—and for parents! So Mercersburg’s adviser system supports students in every area of daily life.

Each student is assigned a faculty adviser to whom they can turn for help with personal and academic issues. Each faculty adviser has a group of no more than eight advisees, and advisers get to know the students well. This system ensures that each student has at least one adult who is watching out primarily for that student.

Several times each year, all Mercersburg students meet with their advisory group to discuss specific topics of relevance both in the school community and to the broader world. In the past, we've covered topics ranging from technology and sleep to identity, diversity, character, and leadership. Advisory topics are also accompanied by school speakers, initiatives, or residential discussions to deepen our understanding.

Family Style Meals

Dining Hall

Meriwether Godsey is the school’s dining partner, offering tasty and nutritious menus that provide plenty of options, reflect student preferences, and accommodate dietary restrictions. Much of what is served in the dining hall is locally sourced and prepared from scratch.

The school has a tradition of family-style meals. Lunches and most Monday evening dinners are required for both boarding and day students, and students sit at assigned tables with a faculty member.

Residences

Much of your residential experience at Mercersburg will occur in one of seven dormitories. Boys are housed in Main Hall, Keil Hall, and Tippetts Hall. Girls reside in Culbertson House, Fowle Hall, South Cottage, and Swank Hall.

New students are assigned roommates and housing for their first year, and all day students are connected to a dorm. Returning students and their chosen roommates enter a housing lottery each spring to determine their dorms for the next year. Housed on every floor are dorm faculty as well as prefects—student leaders who assist the dorm dean and dorm faculty in managing the dorm.