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At a Glance

Student Body Demographics

  • 441 total students; 373 boarding students, 68 day students, 3 students participating in School Year Abroad (SYA)
  • 239 boys and 202 girls; 54% boys, 46% girls
  • 1,727 inquiries, 738 interviews, 728 applications, 162 enrolled
  • Grade 9: 81; Grade 10: 117 with 41 new; Grade 11: 113 with 23 new; Grade 12/postgraduate: 130 with 17 new (15 PG)
  • Students reside in 29 states and the District of Columbia and are citizens of 44 countries
  • 20% students of color
  • 23% international students
  • 3% exchange students
  • 14% legacy; 20% sibling
  • 44% of students live in the mid-Atlantic

Academics

  • 170 traditional courses
  • More than 40 honors, AP, and post-AP level courses
  • Two senior capstone experiences: MAPS and Springboard
  • Mean SSAT grade 9: V: 693 Q: 702 R: 672 Total: 2067
  • Mean SSAT grade 10: V: 679 Q: 718 R: 674 Total: 2072
  • 2016 AP Exams: 37 Scholars, 22 Scholars with Honor, 44 Scholars with Distinction, 12 National AP Scholars
  • 26 members of the Mercersburg Class of 2016 were formally introduced as members of the Cum Laude Society 

Athletics

  • Member of the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL), the Independent-Parochial School League (IPSL), and the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA)
  • 26 sports; 25 varsity teams; 20 junior varsity, thirds, and club teams
  • 54 Olympians, 12 of whom are gold medalists
  • 10 playing fields; 1 synthetic turf field
  • Nolde Gymnasium and Athletic Center (Plantz Courts, Flanagan Pool, Kuhn Wrestling Center, McDowell Fitness Center)
  • Hale Field House: includes a 200-meter competition-level indoor track and an infield area with four tennis/basketball courts
  • 400-meter all-weather Curran Track
  • Smoyer Tennis Center/Frantz Tennis Pavilion: 14 all-weather tennis courts
  • Davenport Squash Center: 10 international regulation squash courts
  • Masinter Outdoor Education Center: houses Mercersburg Outdoor Education (MOE) and a 30-foot climbing wall

Arts

  • 65,000-square-foot Burgin Center for the Arts (performing and visual arts center)
  • 5 theatre productions a year, 3 dance concerts, 2 pops concerts
  • 4 vocal ensembles, 3 instrumental groups
  • 2 Academy Award winners (Jimmy Stewart and Benicio Del Toro), 2 Golden Globe winners, 1 Emmy Award winner

College Acceptances (Class of 2016)

  • 83% accepted at Barron’s “Most Competitive” or “Highly Competitive” colleges and universities
  • 62% accepted at U.S. News & World Report’s Top 50 National Universities or Top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges

Tuition and Financial Aid

  • Boarding student tuition: $58,325 (covering tuition, room & board)
  • Day student tuition: $39,250
  • 30% of students receive need-based financial aid
  • 49% of students receive financial aid (need-based/merit)
  • Arce, Hale, Lenfest Legacy, Mercersburg, Regents, Witmer, and 1893 merit scholarships awarded

The Faculty

  • 109 faculty members
  • 72% hold advanced degrees
  • 78 faculty members have a master’s degree and 5 hold doctorates

The Campus

  • 300-acre campus
  • 30 school buildings
  • 7 student residences
  • 47 classrooms and labs
  • Class of 1938 Observatory
  • McFadden Model Railroad Museum
  • James Buchanan Cabin
  • Irvine Memorial Chapel
  • 24/7 campus security

Notable Facts

  • $251 million endowment
  • $19,931,982 in total giving in 2016 fiscal year
  • Active alumni population of 12,363 lives in all 50 states (and three territories) and 99 countries
  • Students and faculty utilize the Apple iPad as the school’s universal digital platform; additionally, nearly 200 computers are available for student use
  • More than 45,000 volumes in the Lenfest Hall Library, more than 50,000 volumes housed on campus
  • Approximately 1,700 alumni have served in the military
  • 3 Medal of Honor recipients
  • 7 Rhodes Scholars, 1 Nobel laureate, numerous Fulbright Scholars
  • Historical roots dating back to 1836, chartered in 1865, yet run as a preparatory school under Exeter model since 1893
  • Governed by a 30-member Board of Regents
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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 440 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $6 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance to New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236
717-328-6173