Resources › For Students and Parents UC Merced: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print Qymekkam / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0 For Students and Parents College Admissions Testing Graphs College Admissions Process College Profiles College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More by Allen Grove Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. Updated January 24, 2020 University of California, Merced is a public university with an acceptance rate of 72%. Considering applying to UC Merced? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students. Acceptance Rate During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, UC Merced had an acceptance rate of 72%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 72 students were admitted, making UC Merced's admissions process somewhat competitive. Admissions Statistics (2018-19) Number of Applicants 25,368 Percent Admitted 72% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 11.5% SAT Scores and Requirements University of California, Merced requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 92% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 490 590 Math 490 590 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing This admissions data tells us that most of UC Merced's admitted students fall within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to UC Merced scored between 490 and 590, while 25% scored below 490 and 25% scored above 590. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 490 and 590, while 25% scored below 490 and 25% scored above 590. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1180 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at UC Merced. Requirements UC Merced requires the SAT writing section. Note that UC Merced considers the highest SAT with essay score from a single test date. SAT Subject Tests are not required, but can be used to satisfy A-G requirements or show mastery of a particular subject. ACT Scores and Requirements UC Merced requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 51% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 17 23 Math 18 24 Composite 17 22 This admissions data tells us that most of UC Merced's admitted students fall within the bottom 33% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UC Merced received a composite ACT score between 17 and 22, while 25% scored above 22 and 25% scored below 17. Requirements UC Merced requires the ACT writing section. Note that UC Merced does not superscore ACT results; your highest combined score from a single test administration will be considered. GPA In 2019, the middle 50% of UC Merced's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.45 and 3.96. 25% had a GPA above 3.96, and 25% had a GPA below 3.45. This information suggests that most successful applicants to UC Merced have primarily A and B grades. Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph UC Merced Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of California, Merced. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account. Admissions Chances University of California, Merced, which accepts nearly three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind that California residents who apply must have a GPA of 3.0 or better with no grade lower than a C in 15 college preparatory "a-g" courses. For non-residents, your GPA must be 3.4 or better. Local students from participating high schools may also qualify if they are in the top 9% of their class. See how to calculate your UC Admissions Index. UC Merced, like all of the University of California schools, has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. As part of the application, students are required to write four short personal insight essays. Since UC Merced is a part of the University of California system, students can easily apply to multiple schools in that system with a single application. Students who show special talent or have a compelling story to tell will often get a close look even if their grades and test scores are a bit below the norm. Impressive extracurricular activities and strong essays are all important parts of a successful application to UC Merced. In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent accepted students. The majority of students admitted to UC Merced had GPAs of 3.0 or higher, SAT scores (ERW+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 will be rejected. 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