Mercersburg Academy

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  • Spacious 300 acre (121 hectares) campus with magnificent buildings and within driving distance to Philadelphia and New York City and 90 minutes from Washington DC
  • 441 students (grades 9-12); 23% international; average class size 11 students; student/faculty ratio 5:1
  • Coeducational boarding school with no religious affiliation
  • Many notable and award-winning alumni including 54 Olympians, seven Rhodes Scholars, one Nobel Laureate
  • University placements include Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University among others
  • No ESL offered

What's special?

Over 170 different courses | STEM | Outdoor education | State-of-the-art facilities including an indoor track and field facility

100% including: Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, Yale University

Fast facts

4 seasons, some snow in winter
Coed 435 (9-12) students
23% international students
11, Student/faculty ratio: 5:1
105 , 75% with advanced degrees
Washington Dulles (IAD)


Honors and AP add

Advanced placement courses:

Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Comparative Government and Politics, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics 1: Algebra based, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Statistics, US History, World History

Honors courses:

AP 25 Honors 20

Marking system & graduation requirements add

Marking System:

Grades and teacher comments are reported at the fall, winter and spring interims.

Graduation Requirements:

The minimum graduation requirements for grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

  • English - 12 credits
  • Mathematics - 9 credits (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
  • History - 9 credits (Ancient World History, US History or American Studies)
  • Science - 9 credits (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • Fine Arts - 4 credits (2 credits in 9th & 2 credits in 10th from performance/studio courses in two different areas: Art, Dance, Music, Theatre)
  • Foreign Language - 9 credits
  • Religion - 1 credit
  • Physical Education (must pass one course at each grade level)
  • Must pass the swimming proficiency test.
  • Completion of either MAPS or Springboard course
Science class

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ACT Scores

Average ACT score: 29

SAT Scores

Average SAT score: 1330


Mercersburg Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Arts add

Studio Arts, Band, Ceramics, Chorus, Dance, Digital Media, Guitar, Orchestra, Percussion, Photography, Public Speaking, Sculpture, Theater, Videography
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Campus features

The spacious 300 acre (121 hectare) campus has its heart at Irvine Hall, the main classroom building which contains the science, math and language departments. Rutledge Hall is home to the English departments. History is taught in Lenfest Hall which also contains the school's library, Boys live in Keil Hall, Main Hall and Tippetts Hall. Girls live in Fowle Hall, South Cottage and Swank Hall. The Burgin Center for Arts is home to the music, dance, theatre and studio arts programs. The center of athletics is Nolde Gymnasium, a comprehensive athletic complex with fitness center, three basketball and volleyball courts, a squash center with 10 courts, a nine-lane swimming pool, a wrestling center and locker rooms. Outdoor facilities include 11 playing fields (including a syntheic-turf field for field hockey, lacrosse and soccer), a 14-court tennis center and a 400 meter all-weather track. The Masinter Outdoor Education Center is a retrofitted barn with an indoor 30-foot climbing wall and equipment for all sorts of outdoor activities such as cycling, canoeing, kayaking and more.

Extracurricular activities

  • Academic Team
  • African-American Student Union
  • Book Club
  • Chapel Choir
  • Chess Club
  • French Club
  • Green Team
  • Literary Society
  • Jazz Band
  • Meditation Club
  • Model UN
  • Octet
  • Photography Club
  • Science Club
  • Ski Club
  • Spanish Club
  • String Ensemble
  • Student Activities Committee
  • Voices for Justice
Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish

Admissions Requirements


95 iBT



Jan. 15 Rolling

ETS 0877

Estimated Costs


ESL is not available
$1,632 Tuition Refund Plan
$500 International Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
$100 Admission Fee
$2,055 Health Insurance
$1,000 Books and Supplies (includes boarding fees)
$1,000 Student Account

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