University of California - Merced (2024)

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  2. Value

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  3. Diversity

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  4. Campus

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  5. Athletics

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  6. Party Scene

    gradeB minus

  7. Professors

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  8. Location

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  9. Dorms

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  10. Campus Food

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  11. Student Life

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  12. Safety

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About

5200 NORTH LAKE RD
MERCED, CA 95343

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About UC Merced...

  • Hispanic-Serving Institution
  • Public College
  • SAT/ACT Optional
Branch of
University of California System

Athletic Division

NAIA

Athletic Conference

California Pacific Conference

  • California

From University of California - Merced

UC Merced is the newest campus of the world-renowned University of California system and the first research university built in the 21st century. We pride ourselves on accessibility and offer rigorous and contemporary majors in three academic schools that prepare students for careers and graduate school beyond college.

We are small enough to be intimate, and our students have formed a close-knit community, much like a private school experience, but at a public school cost.

As a hub for research in the San Joaquin Valley, many students have the opportunity to work with esteemed faculty as an undergraduate.

Our campus proudly serves the most ethnically and culturally diverse student body among all UC campuses. We believe that educating students of every race, religion, sexual identity, and geographic region strengthens our commitment to serving students who reflect today's world.

Explore what UC Merced offers, and we invite you to join the Bobcat family and shape your future here.

Upcoming Events

  1. July30

    SJV Prime+ BS/MD Pathway Webinar Overview

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    The SJV PRIME+ BS/MD Pathway, the 8-year, 12-student-cohort workforce development model for high school graduates / newly-incoming freshman to become a doctor for the San Joaquin Valley of California. An SJV PRIME+ scholar who completes this medical education pathway, receives their medical degree from UCSF School of Medicine, after obtaining a Bachelor of Science from UC Merced and finishing medical training at UCSF Fresno. This webinar will discuss history, purpose, partnership, structure, and timeline of this opportunity. The application workshop is a separate webinar expected to occur in Fall 2024.

    The SJV PRIME+ BS/MD Pathway, the 8-year, 12-student-cohort workforce development model for high school graduates / newly-incoming freshman to become a doctor for the San Joaquin Valley of California. An SJV PRIME+ scholar who completes this medical education pathway, receives their medical degree from UCSF School of Medicine, after obtaining a Bachelor of Science from UC Merced and finishing medical training at UCSF Fresno. This webinar will discuss history, purpose, partnership, structure, and timeline of this opportunity. The application workshop is a separate webinar expected to occur in Fall 2024.

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Admissions

Application Deadline

Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

November 30

Acceptance Rate

89%

SAT Range

960-1140

ACT Range

19-24

Application Fee

$70

SAT/ACT

Considered but not required

High School GPA

Required

Accepts Common App

No data available

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Cost

Net Price

$13,549/ year

National

$15,523

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Average Total Aid Awarded

$25,868/ year

National

$7,535

Students Receiving Financial Aid

86%

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Academics

Professors

gradeB+

Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.

Student Faculty Ratio

18:1

Evening Degree Programs

No

82%

of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.135 responses

48%

of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.164 responses

56%

of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.164 responses

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Majors

Most Popular Majors

  • Biology

    316 Graduates

  • Computer Hardware Engineering

    219 Graduates

  • Business

    188 Graduates

  • Research and Experimental Psychology

    187 Graduates

  • Mechanical Engineering

    184 Graduates

  • Public Health

    141 Graduates

  • Psychology

    134 Graduates

  • Political Science and Government

    116 Graduates

  • Sociology

    112 Graduates

  • Cognitive Science

    72 Graduates

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University of California - Merced (1)

UC Merced offers more than 60 undergraduate academic programs and 18 graduate programs taught by more than 400 full-time faculty members, visiting professors and lecturers, who come to Merced from some of the world's top-ranked universities.

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Programs Offered Entirely Online

Total number of complete undergraduate programs offered online or through distance learning.

Offers Online Courses

College offers distance education courses.

Yes

Online Certificate Programs

Total number of certificate degree programs offered online or through distance education.

Online Associates Programs

Total number of associate degree programs offered online or through distance education.

Online Bachelor's Programs

Total number of bachelor's degree programs offered online or through distance education.

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How Students Learn

Based on class setting of student enrollment.

  • Mix of Online and on Campus

    13%

  • On Campus

    87%

  • Online

    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment

8,202Undergrads

Part-Time Undergrads

141

Undergrads Over 25

3%

Pell Grant

59%

Varsity Athletes

2%

Poll

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?

Based on

102 responses

  • Hardworking, friendly, and easy going.

    66%

  • Hard working, competitive, intelligent

    10%

  • Hardworking, reserved, Getting by

    10%

  • Getting by

    9%

  • Stressed

    2%

  • Depressed

    1%

  • Entitled Snobs

    1%

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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus

No data available

Poll

62%

of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.192 responses

Poll

71%

of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.213 responses

Poll

What one word or phrase best describes your school?

Based on

120 responses

  • New and developing

    55%

  • BOBCATS

    18%

  • Beautiful

    8%

  • Underrated

    6%

  • Memorable

    4%

  • Home away from home

    2%

  • Interesting

    2%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation

No data available

National

$33,028

Graduation Rate

67%

National

49%

Employed 2 Years After Graduation

91%

National

83%

68%

of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.95 responses

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