Now Open: Mercer University School of Medicine in Columbus

Mercer University School of Medicine in Columbus

It’s official. Mercer University School of Medicine in Columbus will welcome its first wave of first-year medical students next week!

About the Columbus campus

What started as an idea between Columbus leaders and Mercer University is now a beautiful, state-of-the-art four-year medical school.

Plans for the Mercer University School of Medicine in Columbus were initially announced in May 2019. Originally, an existing building in the downtown area was going to be renovated.

However, TSYS, a Global Payments company, gifted the university six acres of land in 2020. Today, the Columbus campus is west of First Avenue, stretching from Railroad Avenue to 18th Street.

The 85,000-square-foot, free-standing building overlooks the Chattahoochee River and is right by the Riverwalk leading to downtown.

Mercer University School of Medicine in Columbus features more than just classrooms, offices and labs. In addition, there are study spaces, a game room and a lounge. Together those elements emphasize the school’s focus on overall health and wellness.

More about enrollment

Students will be accepted based on Mercer School of Medicine’s admissions policies.

Enrollment for the first cohort is initially capped at 30. The number of students will gradually increase each year. Eventually, an estimated 240 medical students will be enrolled, which would equal enrollment at both the Macon and Savannah campuses.

According to reports, the school hopes to have a guaranteed admissions program with Columbus State University. To clarify, if the college’s pre-med students meet the requirements, they are automatically accepted into the program.

More about Mercer School of Medicine

With the addition of the new Columbus campus, Mercer School of Medicine now has four locations. As previously mentioned, Macon and Savannah both have campuses as well as Atlanta.

The School of Medicine was founded in 1982. Since then, it has been educating physicians and health professionals across the state. Typically, the majority of graduates stay and practice in Georgia.


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