UC Merced Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

University of California Merced
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University of California Merced Admissions Overview

With an acceptance rate of 70 percent in 2017, UC Merced is a moderately selective school—students will need solid grades and test scores to be admitted to the school. To apply, interested students will need to submit an application that includes high school transcripts and scores from the SAT or ACT. Each applicant must also write four short personal insight essays. For more information, including detailed application instructions and important deadlines, be sure to visit Merced's website, or get in touch with the admissions office. Admissions at Merced are holistic, meaning that the school takes many factors into account when determining an applicants admissions status. Campus visits are encouraged, but not required.

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Admissions Data (2017)

UC Merced Description

Established in 2005, UC Merced is the first new American research university of the 21st century. The campus sits by Lake Yosemite about seven miles from downtown Merced. UC Merced has a diverse student body, and the school serves a part of California that historically had far fewer students going on to college than other parts of the state. The university currently has a school of engineering, school of natural sciences, and school of social sciences, humanities and arts. A school of business and school of medicine are being planned. The contemporary campus has been designed to have a minimal environmental impact.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 7,967 (7,375 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49 percent male / 51 percent female
  • 99 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,598 (in-state); $41,612 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,109
  • Room and Board: $16,790
  • Other Expenses: $4,179
  • Total Cost: $35,676 (in-state); $63,690 (out-of-state)

UC Merced Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 94 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 92 percent
    • Loans: 57 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $23,444
    • Loans: $4,472

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 33 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 64 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball

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Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics