Mercersburg United States of America
Mercersburg Academy

Thank you for considering Mercersburg Academy.


At Mercersburg, you will be expected to embrace the concept of community by living among your peers who will herald from across the country and around the globe. They will challenge you to consider perspectives that are different from your own while becoming lifelong friends who will inspire you to be your authentic self in everything you do. One hundred twenty-five years ago, Dr. William Mann Irvine set forth a vision for Mercersburg Academy that was rooted in the importance of character and community. Today's school embodies those values in a way that I have never seen before in any high school. The culture of Mercersburg is kind and accepting. If you want to be exposed to an incredible breadth of programs, be challenged in your endeavors both in and outside of the classroom, and feel welcomed and a part of something bigger than yourself, then this is the place for you.

  • Day school tuition N/A - $35960 USD
  • Grades for day school 9th Grade/Year 10 -
    Post Graduate
  • Year founded 1893
  • Boarding school tuition N/A - $60680 USD
  • Grades for boarding school 9th Grade/Year 10 -
    Post Graduate
  • Curricula Host Country's National
  • Type Co-ed


Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Admissions Information

Admissions Process

• Inquiry Form • Interview • Standardized Testing • Application • Financial Aid Application (Optional)

Entry Requirements

• Interview • Application form • Standardized testing

Applicant Evaluations

Grades 9-10: SSAT. Grade 11: SSAT, PSAT, SAT, or ACT. Post-graduate: SAT or ACT. Non-native English speakers: TOEFL.

  • First application deadline 15 January
  • Students can join after the academic year begins No
  • Application fee (domestic) $50 USD
  • Application fee (international) $100 USD


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • ELL support Yes
  • Native English teachers Yes
  • Languages taught Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Latin, Spanish
  • Examinations available Advanced Placement - AP


Learning Support

School Life

  • Bus service No
  • Sports teams available Yes
  • Most common nationality US
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Uniform required No
  • Average class size 11

Living Accommodations

Much of your residential experience at Mercersburg will occur in one of seven modern dormitories. Boys are housed in Main Hall, Keil Hall, or Tippetts Hall. Girls reside in Culbertson House, South Cottage, Swank Hall, or Fowle Hall. New students are assigned roommates and housing for their first year, and all day students are connected to a dorm. Returning students and their chosen roommates enter a housing lottery each spring to determine their dorms for the next year. Housed on every floor are dorm faculty as well as prefects—student leaders who assist the dorm dean and dorm faculty in managing the dorm.

Schools Facilities

School Lunch

Mercersburg Academy and SAGE Dining Services are pleased to present an exciting dining program. Our community enjoys locally sourced food, cooked from scratch. SAGE's seasonal menus are custom designed for us, reflecting the students' preferences as well as the fresh products available in the local market. SAGE's registered dietitians review and approve each menu to ensure that it offers a wide variety of nutritious choices with options available to accommodate dietary restrictions. The dining hall is located in the center of campus in Ford Hall and serves three meals daily. A tradition at Mercersburg is the family-style meal every weekday at lunch and during dinner on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To ensure a healthy learning environment, these meals are required for both boarding and day students, and students sit at assigned tables with a faculty member.

Sports Teams

Alpine Skiing, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling

Religion at School

The Irvine Memorial Chapel serves as a campus reminder of our mission to teach students to approach life thoughtfully and creatively, to develop moral character, to live for something beyond themselves, to value their own spirituality, and to serve others. The Chapel is a meeting space on campus where our students and faculty come together at various times throughout the year to hear from members of our community or guest speakers. Through these community gatherings, we aim to learn about other beliefs and ideas and gain exposure to different perspectives. The Chapel is a place of quietness and peace where school community members can take a break from their busy schedules throughout the week. Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. when school is in session, the Chapel provides a venue for meditation and reflection. All are welcome to join us for an optional ecumenical service of worship in the Protestant tradition at 11 a.m. on Sundays when school is in session, as well as for our Carillon recitals at 3 p.m. on many Sundays. While the physical space of the Chapel is important within the life of the community, the work and ethos of the Chapel extend far beyond its walls.

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes