Mercersburg Academy

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Founded in 1893 in southern Pennsylvania, Mercersburg Academy gives students in grades 9-12 and postgraduates the opportunity to live and learn with fellow young adults from 32 states and 46 countries.
Mercersburg students benefit from a 300-acre campus, a 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio, 160 academic courses, 27 varsity sports teams, a robust performing and fine arts program, a robotics program, an outdoor education program, dozens of clubs and student organizations, global travel opportunities, and $9 million in annual financial aid.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 446 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $66,900
  • Acceptance rate: 28%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Mercersburg Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
446 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade
Mercersburg Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
53 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
(Out of 1600)
Average ACT score
(Out of 36)
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Restrictions apply for standard dress

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
This is for boarding tuition. Day tuition is $39,650.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Zach Swope
Endowment Size
$362 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
49 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Asian Student Union, Baking Club, Black Student Union, Blue Key Society (tour guides), Book Club, Chess Club, Computer Science Club, Debate Club, Digital Entertainment Development Club, Equestrian Club, French Club, Gamers Club, German Club, Green Team, Humans of Mercersburg Club, Irving Literary Society, Jewish Club, Marshall Literary Society, Meditation Club, Mercersburg Inclusion Alliance, Mercersburg Jr. Classical League (Latin Club), Model United Nations, Photography Club, Rainbow Alliance, Science Club, Sixth Man Club, Spanish Club, Student Activities Committee, Student Alumni Association, Student Athlete Advisory Council, The Fifteen, The Hungry Philosophers Guild, The Mercersburg News, Voices 4 Justice, Women's Activist Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Blue Review (literary magazine), Chapel Choir, Guitar Club, Jazz Band, Karux (yearbook), Magalia (female a cappella vocal group), Octet (male a cappella vocal group), Stony Batter Players (theatre)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Badminton Club, Flag Football Club, Four-on-the-Floor, Skateboard Club, Ski Club

School Notes

  • Founded in 1893, Mercersburg Academy is an environment that allows young people to navigate their teenage years unfettered but supported and supervised. Mercersburg has nearly 130 years of perfecting what it means to be a proving ground for college and life. With students from 32 states and 46 countries, Mercersburg is a microcosm of our global community. We offer a beautiful 300-acre campus with impressive facilities, 160 academic courses, 27 varsity sports teams, nine music, dance, and theatre ensembles, 50+ student clubs, an outdoor education program, a global travel program, and other offerings. Relationships developed here are authentic and lifelong. Our faculty have dedicated their professional careers to working with teens, and our students define themselves here and graduate inspired to change the world.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Jimmy Stewart '28 - Academy Award-winning actor
    • Benicio Del Toro '85 - Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning actor
    • Melvin Stewart '88 - Olympic Gold Medal swimmer
    • Michael Davies '85 - Emmy Award-winning producer, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
    • Rebecca Lowe '99 - NBC sportscaster; former ESPN UK and BBC sports journalist
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Mercersburg Academy cost?
Mercersburg Academy's tuition is approximately $66,900 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Mercersburg Academy?
The acceptance rate of Mercersburg Academy is 28%, which is lower than the national average of 86%. Mercersburg Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Pennsylvania with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from Mercersburg Academy?
Mercersburg Academy famous alumni include: Jimmy Stewart '28, Benicio Del Toro '85, Melvin Stewart '88, Michael Davies '85 and Rebecca Lowe '99.
What sports does Mercersburg Academy offer?
Mercersburg Academy offers 24 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track and Wrestling. Mercersburg Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for most sports offered.
What is Mercersburg Academy's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Mercersburg Academy?
The application deadline for Mercersburg Academy is Jan. 31.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 446 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $66,900
  • Acceptance rate: 28%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Pennsylvania is $10,996 for elementary schools and $16,489 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Pennsylvania is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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