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University of California - Merced Overview

University of California - Merced is a public institution situated in Merced, California. The rural area surrounding the school is great for students who prefer living in a country setting.

What Is University of California - Merced Known For?

1,442 Undergraduate Awards
$36,763 Avg Cost After Aid
70% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at UC Merced is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UC Merced.
  • In 2017-2018, 91% of the faculty were full-time.

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University of California - Merced Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UC Merced.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Most Popular Cognitive Science Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Computer Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Most Popular Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Most Popular General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Most Popular Public Health Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#83 Most Popular Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#115 Most Popular Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#126 Most Popular General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#140 Most Popular Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#160 Most Popular Chemistry Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UC Merced has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#85 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#102 Best Colleges for General Psychology College Factual

Where Is University of California - Merced?

Location of University of California - Merced

Contact details for UC Merced are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5200 North Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343-5603
Phone: 209-228-4400
Website: ucmerced.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ucmerced
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ucmerced

How Do I Get Into UC Merced?

You can apply to UC Merced online at: admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply-now.html

Admission Requirements for UC Merced

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UC Merced?

70% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
94% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at UC Merced is 70%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 67%, and the acceptance rate for women is 70%.

Average Test Scores

About 94% of students accepted to UC Merced submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 580. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Merced  ( 500 to 580 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Merced  ( 500 to 590 )
200
800
UC Merced received ACT scores from 58% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 23. Math scores were between 19 and 24. Composite scores were between 20 and 27.

ACT English Scores for University of California - Merced  ( 17 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of California - Merced  ( 19 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Merced  ( 20 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of California - Merced?

$36,763 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
2.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UC Merced is $36,763. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UC Merced, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $4,673 a year. That adds up to $18,692 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Merced is 2.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of California - Merced Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,080 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,151 undergraduate students at UC Merced, with 8,080 being full-time and 71 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UC Merced

There are also 696 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,080 full-time undergraduates at UC Merced, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UC Merced

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of California - Merced students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UC Merced Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,531
Black or African American 359
Hispanic or Latino 4,497
White 714
International Students 636
Other Races/Ethnicities 343

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of California - Merced. At this time, 3 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 39 countries are represented at UC Merced. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Iran.

Online Learning at University of California - Merced

0 Took All Classes Online
178 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2017-2018, 178 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UC Merced has changed over the last few years.

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University of California - Merced Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Biology 320 0 0 320
General Psychology 221 2 8 231
Business Administration & Management 159 0 0 159
Computer Engineering 129 15 6 150
Mechanical Engineering 113 7 4 124
Public Health 91 4 4 99
Political Science & Government 71 0 3 74
Cognitive Science 65 0 5 70
Sociology 59 3 0 62
Chemistry 25 4 1 30
Biomedical Engineering 25 3 1 29
Economics 27 0 0 27
Applied Mathematics 20 1 3 24
Environmental Engineering 22 0 0 22
History 19 1 1 21
General English Literature 19 0 0 19
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 7 11 18
Physics 8 1 8 17
Anthropology 15 0 0 15
Romance Languages 14 0 0 14
Materials Engineering 8 0 2 10
Natural Resources Conservation 0 5 4 9
Geological & Earth Sciences 9 0 0 9
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 2 2 4
General Visual & Performing Arts 3 0 0 3
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 0
Behavioral Science 0 0 0 0
Other Physical Science 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,442 55 63 1,560

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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