Mercer University is the oldest private university in Georgia with its main campus in Macon, Georgia, United States. Mercer enrolls more than 8,600 students in 12 colleges and schools: liberal arts, business, engineering, education, music, continuing and professional studies, law, theology, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and health professions. Mercer is a member of the Georgia Research Alliance and has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest collegiate honors society.Mercer has three major campuses: the historic (main) campus in Macon, a graduate and professional education campus in Atlanta, and a four-year campus of the School of Medicine in Savannah. Mercer also has regional academic centers in Henry County and Douglas County; the Mercer University School of Law on its own campus in Macon; teaching hospitals in Macon, Savannah, and Columbus; a university press and a performing arts center, the Grand Opera House, in Macon; and the Mercer Engineering Research Center in Warner Robins. The Mercer University Health Sciences Center encompasses Mercer's medical, pharmacy, nursing, and health professions programs in Macon, Atlanta, Savannah, and Columbus.U.S. News and World Report (2018 edition) ranks Mercer 133rd among the 310 universities in the National Universities category. Mercer, along with Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University and the University of Georgia are the only institutions in Georgia in the top tier. Mercer is also ranked as the 39th best value among the 310 national universities in terms of education relative to cost. Princeton Review consistently ranks Mercer in the top ten percent of colleges and universities in North America, and in 2005, rated Mercer has having one of the top five most beautiful college campuses in North America. Mercer was cited by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its community engagement, and was among the 113 institutions listed on the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.Mercer has an NCAA Division I athletic program and fields teams in eight men's and ten women's sports; all university-sponsored sports compete in the Southern Conference except women's sand volleyball, which is not sponsored by the SoCon, and thus compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference.