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Frequently Asked Questions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What does Mercersburg look for in applicants?

    A. Mercersburg looks for academic achievement and promise, as shown by a student’s transcripts, test scores, and teacher recommendations. We also pay close attention to personal qualities, which we measure through motivation, character, extracurricular interests, and the ability to adapt to the Mercersburg community.
  • Q. Are "yes" and "no" the only decisions that you might make on my child's application?

    A. We often receive more applicants than we have space available, which means some applicants may be placed in a wait pool. If the opportunity to use our wait pool arises, the admissions committee will choose the student who best fits the available opening.
  • Q. How competitive is the applicant pool?

    A. Each year, approximately 800 students interview for 150-160 available spaces. Selectivity may be influenced by a family’s request for financial aid, as Mercersburg receives more requests for financial aid than it is able to meet.
  • Q. I live a long way from Mercersburg. How can I meet with someone from the admission team?

    A. Please contact the Office of Admission at 717-328-6173. If you are unable to visit campus, Admission Officers may be available to meet with you while traveling domestically and internationally. Or, Admission Officers may choose to schedule a meeting with you via Skype or FaceTime.
  • Q. What will my interview be like?

    A. An admission officer will meet separately with you and your parent(s) or guardian(s). The interview is an evaluative session in which you can ask questions about Mercersburg while the admission officer gets a better sense of your academic, athletic, and artistic goals. Each interview lasts about 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Q. What testing does Mercersburg require?

    A. Mercersburg requires that all applicants to the ninth and tenth grades submit SSAT (Seconday School Admission Test) results, and that all applicants to the eleventh grade submit PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), or ACT results. All applicants to the twelfth grade and/or PG year must submit SAT or ACT results. Students whose primary language is not English must demonstrate fluency by taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
  • Q. Do I need a special visa to study at Mercersburg?

    A. We welcome any and all students who hold the appropriate documentation to study in the United States. Mercersburg provides assistance to international students applying for an F-1 student visa.
  • Q. How early can I apply to Mercersburg?

    A. We start accepting applications on August 1 for the following school year. The application deadline is January 31 of the year of entry.
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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
717-328-6173