Mercersburg Academy

300 East Seminary Street
Mercersburg, PA 17236-0172
Tel: (717)328-6173
Grades: 9-12 | 440 students
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Why Mercersburg? Because Mercersburg Academy is a student-centered school that allows students to define themselves through the establishment of meaningful relationships and exposure to a vast range of academic, extra-curricular, and co-curricular opportunities.
Mercersburg students actively and confidently experience the world both on campus and abroad.
We understand the benefit of learning by doing in a school setting that promotes a balanced and authentic learning environment.
Mercersburg Academy believes in the value of honoring our past, engaging the present, and preparing for the future.
Founded in 1893, Mercersburg Academy is committed to providing students with the opportunity to live and learn in a richly diverse academic environment that provides a rigorous and relevant curriculum to 430 boarding and day students from 26 states, including the District of Columbia, and 40 nations.
The beautiful 300-acre campus, which is home to state of the art facilities and seven recently renovated residence halls, is 90 minutes from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, and short driving distance to New York and Philadelphia.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Institute for Independent Education
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Delaware Association of Independent Schools
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Year Founded 1893

Student Body

Total Students 440 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Mercersburg Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 85 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 12 students
Number of AP Courses 41 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1990
Average ACT score 29
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(No Denim during the academic day)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $56,350
Tuition Notes Our day student tuition during the 2016-2017 school year will be $39,050.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $30,103
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Quentin McDowell
Admissions Associate Zach Swope


Total Sports Offered 19 sports
Sports Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBalletBaseball,
BasketballCross Country,
Field HockeyFootball,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 46 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. A Cappella, AASU (African American Student Union), Academic Team, Amnesty International, Asian Club, Assistant to the Duty Dean, Bike Club, Bike Club, Blue Key Society (Admission Tour Guide), Blue Review (Literary Magazine), Blue Review (art and literary publication), Book Clubs, Book Clubs, Bowling Club, Business Club, Car Club, Chapel Choir, Chapel Usher, Chapel Vesper, Choral Scholars, Chorale, Class Council, Community Service, Computer Club, Concert Band, Conduct Review Committee, German Club, Green Team (environmental issues), Head Waiter, Inbound Leader, Jazz Band, Jewish Club, Mercersburg News, Model United Nations, Muslim Student Association, Photography Club, Proctor, Rainbow Alliance, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Student Activities Committee, Student Alumni Association, Tech Crew, The Fifteen (literary group), Voices 4 Justice, Yearbook A Cappella, Academic Team, Asian Club, Bike Club, Bike Club, Book Clubs, Book Clubs, Bowling Club, Business Club, Car Club, Chapel Choir, Chapel Usher, Chapel Vesper, Chorale, Class Council, Computer Club, Concert Band, German Club, Head Waiter, Inbound Leader, Jazz Band, Jewish Club, Proctor, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Tech Crew, Yearbook, AASU (African American Student Union),
Amnesty International,
Assistant to the Duty Dean,
Blue Key Society (Admission Tour Guide),
Blue Review (Literary Magazine),
Blue Review (art and literary publication),
Choral Scholars,
Community Service,
Conduct Review Committee,
Green Team (environmental issues),
Mercersburg News,
Model United Nations,
Muslim Student Association,
Photography Club,
Rainbow Alliance,
Student Activities Committee,
Student Alumni Association,
The Fifteen (literary group),
Voices 4 Justice,

School Notes

  • Mercersburg Academy prepares young men and women from diverse backgrounds for college and for life in a global community. Students at Mercersburg pursue a rigorous and dynamic curriculum while learning to live together harmoniously in a supportive residential environment. Mercersburg's talented faculty instill in students the value of hard work and the importance of character and community as they teach students to think for themselves, to approach life thoughtfully and creatively, to thrive physically, to act morally, to value the spiritual dimension of human existence, and to serve others.
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