UC Merced GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

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UC Merced Admissions Standards

UC Merced GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
UC Merced GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Because it is such a young school that is still building its reputation, UC Merced is the least selective of the University of California schools. They admitted almost three-quarters of all applicants in 2016.

The test scores for the middle 50 percent of enrolled first-time students in 2016 were:

  • SAT Critical Reading: 420 to 420
  • SAT Math: 450 to 550
  • ACT Composite: 19 to 24
  • ACT English: 18 to 23
  • ACT Math: 18 to 25

You must have a GPA of 3.0 or better based on your completed A-G courses. You can take either the ACT plus Writing Test or the SAT Reasoning Test. You can use SAT Subject Tests to satisfy A-G requirements or show your mastery of a particular subject. If you are a local student, it is a plus to be designated in the top 9 percent of your class.

The A-G courses you must complete include two years of History/Social Science, four years of English, three years minimum (four years recommended) of Mathematics, two years minimum (three years recommended) of Laboratory Science, two years minimum (three years recommended) of Language Other than English, one year of Visual and Performing Arts, and one year of a college-preparatory elective. Eleven of the 15 classes must be finished prior to your senior year.

Your test scores are shared between all campuses of the University of California, so if you've sent it to one, the others will also see it. The filing period is November 1 through November 30 every year for the following fall semester.

How do you measure up at the University of California Merced?  Calculate your chances of getting In with this free tool from Cappex.

UC Merced Admissions Graph

In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent accepted students. The majority of students who got into UC Merced had GPAs of 3.0 or higher, old SAT scores (RW+M) of 950 or higher, and ACT scores of 18 or higher. Keep in mind that there are a few red dots hidden behind the blue and green, so some students with grades and test scores on target for UC Merced still get rejected. The reasons for a rejection could come down to many factors -- a high school curriculum that wasn't challenging, lack of extracurricular involvement, or a poorly crafted essay.

UC Merced, like all the UC schools, has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. You can improve your chances of admission by taking challenging courses, participating in meaningful extracurricular activities, and writing winning essays.

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GPA and Test Score Graphs for Other UC Schools