On behalf of Mercer University and the Macon community, the School of Medicine is pleased to welcome you to the crossroads of the South. We invite you to experience our rich cultural heritage and strong vision for the future. The city of Macon offers an unusual blend of urban sophistication and southern, small town charm. Our quiet, tree-lined streets, accessible parks, and historical sites, combined with quality educational and medical facilities, varied religious organizations, and diverse entertainment venues make our community an ideal place to live.
Macon has served as Mercer’s home since 1871, when the institution moved from its original campus in Penfield, Georgia. The beautiful, historic Macon campus houses the School of Medicine. The city of 90,000 serves as the educational, medical, cultural and commercial hub of Central Georgia.
1550 College Street, Macon, Georgia 31207
Located at the geographic center of Georgia where two Interstate highways (I-75 and I-16) intersect, travel to and from Macon is simple and easily accessible from other parts of the state. The Middle Georgia Regional Airport, south of Macon, and Hartsfield/Jackson International Airport in Atlanta provide a unique opportunity for transportation to the world. Atlanta, with its night life, entertainment, and major league sports, is an hour drive north of Macon (75 miles). Georgia's golden coast is three hours to the east, and the north Georgia mountain ranges, with winter skiing, are within a half day's drive. A little further are Florida's beaches and attractions to the south, Savannah and Charleston to the east, and the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina to the North.
Places to Visit
The City of Macon is home to various museums and major attractions. Macon is also home to many Southern Historic Landmarks including the Hay House, the Cannonball House, and the Woodruff House.
Annual Events and Festivals in Macon include the Georgia State Fair and the Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual spring festival that acts as a window to Middle Georgia area that draws thousands each year to Macon with its venues, locations, entertainment, arts & crafts, shows, services, and, of course, it's beautiful cherry blossoms. The festival - a ten day event held in March, is a top 100 Event in North America. The festival features performances and exhibits celebrating the nearly 200,000 blooming Yoshino cherry trees adorning Macon’s streets and neighborhoods.
The Taste of Downtown is held in September and features over 20 of Macon's downtown food vendors. This event includes foods ranging from hot dogs to gourmet cooking with each restaurant showcasing their specialties. Entertainment includes music with several bands spotlighted and both the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Children's Museum participate in the fun.
Getting Around Town
Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority currently operates over 20 buses in the Macon Area, including MITSI that provides a mini-bus tour of the downtown Macon Area. Macon also contains a Greyhound terminal station located near the downtown area.
Size and Population
Within Macon's city limits - 50 square miles - we have a population of 97,255.(2002 Estimate) Macon is the county seat of Bibb County (277 square miles) which has over150,000 residents. The Metropolitan Statistical Area which includes Warner Robins has 300,000 residents.
There's a City Auditorium, the Grand Opera House, and there is the 10,000 seat Coliseum for concerts, plays, shows, and exhibits. The Macon Symphony Orchestra is nationally acclaimed. Ballet, theater, and other concerts entertain Maconites and tourists alike.
The area boasts many interactive and educational museums like the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Museum of Arts and Sciences with the Mark Smith Planetarium, the Tubman African American History Museum, Hay House National Landmark and Museum, Cannonball House, Sydney Lanier Cottage, and Robins Museum of Aviation. The Museum of Arts and Sciences, with its new Children's Museum, hosts traveling collections as well as its own permanent exhibits. The Ocmulgee National Monument and Museum, located in the old Ocmulgee Fields, is one of the four most interesting archeological sites east of the Rocky Mountains.
For those seeking recreation, there are many options. The many lakes, rivers, and wooded areas make it easy to enjoy all types of outdoor activities. A wide range of recreational activities are available including tennis, minor league sports, hunting, fishing, and golf. For the boat enthusiast, there are four lakes (Lake Tobesofkee, Juliette, Sinclair and Oconee) to provide endless hours of water sports. For those who prefer a good workout, the Macon Health Club and the Wellness Center offer indoor pools and tracks.
Cherry Blossom Capital
Each spring when the city's 207,000 Yoshino cherry trees bursts into bloom, Macon hosts its International Cherry Blossom Festival -- a top 100 event in the United States. The festival was founded in 1982, under the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission. It celebrates Macon as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. As the cherry blossom is considered a symbol of spirit, the Cherry Blossom Festival promotes the principles of "love, beauty and international friendship."
In addition to the Cherry Blossom Festival, The Cherry Jubilee fall festival is held to celebrate Macon's music heritage.
Quality education has a top priority in Macon. The Bibb County school system includes 41 public schools (31 elementary, 5 middle and 5 high school complexes), 15 private schools, and the Georgia State Academy for the Blind. Its post secondary education needs are provided by Mercer University, Wesleyan College (the first college in America chartered to grant degrees to women), Macon State College, and Central Georgia Technical College. A branch campus of Georgia College and State University and a satellite campus of Fort Valley State University are also in Macon. Advanced degrees are offered at Mercer University's School of Medicine, School of Engineering, Walter F. George School of Law, and Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics.