At a Glance

Our Students

  • 442 students; 1 student is participating in School Year Abroad (SYA)
    • Student population by grade:
      • 9th: 85
      • 10th: 109
      • 11th: 123
      • 12th (including postgraduates): 125
  • 85% boarding, 15% day
  • 50% boys, 50% girls
  • 284 returning students; 158 new students
  • Students reside in 26 states and the District of Columbia and are citizens of 40 countries
  • 24% domestic students of color
  • 20% international students
  • 7 exchange students
  • 55 (12%) legacy; 100 (23%) sibling
  • 56% yield (acceptance of offer of admission)


Our Faculty and Staff

  • 105 faculty members (44 female, 61 male)
  • 77 faculty members have a master’s degree and 4 hold doctorates
  • Average faculty tenure: 12.5 years
  • 49 faculty members reside on campus
  • 4:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 14 endowed chairs; 2 endowed teaching awards named annually
  • Endowed sabbatical program
  • 134 professional staff members


The Mercersburg Experience

  • 170 traditional courses and two senior capstone programs
    • Mercersburg's Advanced Program for Global Studies (MAPS) and Springboard; both programs incorporate Challenge-Based Learning
  • 102 student participants in domestic and international programs during spring and summer breaks
  • 26 sports offered
  • Mercersburg Outdoor Education offered during all three seasons of the academic year
  • Every student is assigned a faculty adviser; adviser groups meet weekly and individual adviser meetings occur at least every term
  • A residential and student-life program focused on character development, self awareness, and self regulation
  • 4 theatre productions a year, 3 dance concerts, 2 pops concerts
  • 4 vocal ensembles, 3 instrumental groups
  • 3 endowed lecture series; past speakers include Angie Thomas, Jeremy Schaap, Robert Sapolsky, James McBride, Billy Collins, and Tiffany Shlain


Access and Affordability

  • Boarding-student tuition: $59,200 (covering tuition, room, and board); 1.5% increase from FY18
  • Day-student tuition: $35,325; 10% decrease from FY18
  • Operating budget: $33.8 million
  • 50% of students receive financial aid (need-based/merit)
  • Financial aid awarded: $7.6 million
  • Average financial aid award: $32,560; highlights our commitment to socioeconomic diversity and meeting the need of the middle class
  • 17 enrolled merit scholars; Merit Scholarships awarded include the Arce, Hale, Lenfest Legacy, Mercersburg, Regents, Witmer, and Guttman


After Mercersburg

  • 74% accepted at Barron’s “Most Competitive” or “Highly Competitive” colleges and universities (Class of 2018)
  • 71% accepted at U.S. News & World Report’s Top 50 National Universities or Top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges (Class of 2018)
  • 25:1 senior to counselor ratio; counselors assigned in 9th grade
  • School-sponsored SAT and ACT prep program (included with tuition)
  • 33 recruited college athletes (NCAA Divisions I,II,III) from the Class of 2018
  • 35 students from the classes of 2014-2018 matriculated to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), or U.S. Air Force Academy


The Long Blue Line

  • $295 million endowment as of June 30, 2018; approximately $630,000 endowment/student
  • $14,089,379 in total giving in 2018 fiscal year
  • Alumni live in all 50 states and more than 100 countries
  • 2018 Annual Fund: $3.26 million; 43% alumni participation; 61% parent participation; 100% faculty participation; 54% staff participation
  • More than 1,700 alumni have served in the military
  • 3 Medal of Honor recipients; 7 Rhodes Scholars, 1 Nobel laureate, 54 Olympians (12 gold medalists), 2 Academy Award winners, 2 Golden Globe winners, 1 Emmy award winner, numerous Fulbright Scholars
  • Historical roots dating back to 1836, chartered in 1865, yet run as a preparatory school under Exeter model since 1893
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 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 of 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