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Applying to Mercersburg

How to Apply

Applying to a new school may seem daunting, but we're here to help every step of the way.
Here's all of the information you'll need to apply:

Step One – The Inquiry Form

Submitting your information will help us to assign you an admission officer and include you in our correspondence. In order to begin the process, please fill out the following form: CLICK HERE to inquire online.

Step Two – Schedule Your Tour & Interview

The interview is a critical part of the admission process. If possible, it is important that prospective students visit campus for an official student-led tour and interview with an admission officer. To schedule a campus visit, please contact the Admission Office at 717-328-6173 or via email at admission@mercersburg.edu. If students are unable to visit campus, admission officers may schedule Skype or FaceTime interviews.

Monday, January 15, 2018 - Interview Day
Students who have submitted all other application items by January 14, may also complete their interview on Monday, January 15, 2018. On that date, the Admission Office will host an Interview Day for families who have not yet had the time to visit. Please contact us for details.

Step Three – Taking the Right Test

All students are required to submit standardized test scores* as part of the application. The required test depends upon the grade to which the student is applying.

  • Applicants for 9th/10th grades must submit the SSAT.
  • Applicants for 11th grade must submit the PSAT, the SAT, or the ACT. The SSAT may also be acceptable.
  • Applicants for 12th grade or a PG year must submit the SAT or the ACT.
  • Non-native English speakers: All applicants for which English is not the first language must also submit results from the TOEFL exam.
SSAT School Code – 5026
TOEFL School Code – 0877

*Applicants need to have taken required standardized tests during the current academic year and all scores must be submitted to Mercersburg before the January 15 application deadline.

Step Four – The Application

Mercersburg only accepts Standard Application Online (SAO) from SSAT. We realize that many students apply to multiple schools, and we have decided to move exclusively to the SAO for the convenience of our applicants. You can start your application by visiting ssat.org or clicking the button below.
Required Application Components:
  • Student Application (including fee - $50 for domestic students & $100 for students living abroad)
  • Transcript(s) with current and previous 2 years of grades
  • English Teacher Recommendation
  • Math Teacher Recommendation
  • Guidance Counselor or Principal Recommendation
  • Fourth Recommendation of choice (encouraged, but not required - see below for upload instructions)
*The transcript must include grades from the current school year and the two previous school years. 
**PG applicants must provide their full high school transcript.

Step Five – Check your application status

To check the status of your application, you will have to log into your SSAT account to view your SAO. Once an item has been submitted through your SSAT account, we will have access to it and will process the items 3-5 days after submission. The Office of Admission will also contact you periodically with updates and reminders. Feel free to contact us at admission@mercersburg.edu or 717-328-6173 with additional questions.


List of 4 items.

  • Upload Additional Materials and Recommendations

    Your application, SSAT score, English, math, and principal recommendations, and transcript will be submitted through your SSAT account.  However, there may be additional materials not included in the SSAT application that you would like to submit (e.g. SAT, PSAT, ACT scores, educational evaluation/IEP, or additional recommendations).  Any additional documents can be uploaded at www.mercersburg.edu/upload.
  • Optional Fourth Recommendation

    Mercersburg Academy highly encourages applicants to submit a fourth recommendation. This person should be someone who knows you well and can attest to you as a person, not just a student in the classroom. You might ask a coach, an extracurricular director, a camp counselor, a teammate, a neighbor, or even your best friend. The only requirement is that the recommender is not someone to whom you are related.

    This person can submit a general letter of recommendation or download our Fourth Recommendation Form HERE.
  • Important Dates

    Application Deadline
    The deadline for all applicants is January 15, 2018.

    Notification Date
    Admission-decision notification and financial aid awards are sent from the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment on March 10. Applications received after the application deadline will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

    Reply Date
    Admitted students are required to notify the Office of Admission of their enrollment decision by April 10.

    Revisit Day
    Accepted students and their families are invited to campus to spend they day experiencing Mercersburg.

    Revisit Day 1            Monday, March 26
    Revisit Day 2            Friday, April 6
  • Optional Interest Questionnaire

    If you are especially interested in our arts or athletic programs, please click on the link below.

    Survey of Athletic & Arts Interests
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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