University of California – Merced: Ranking & Review

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Merced Rank United States Rank World Rank
1 325 1097
Top 7%

University of California - Merced Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Acceptance Rate70%67%70%
Enrolled undergraduates2,2931,0711,209
Enrolled total (including graduate students)7,9673,9424,025

178 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

Application fee for undergraduates - $70. Application fee for graduates - $105.

Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither required nor recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of the college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required

Typical SAT scores

Number of students submitting SAT scores2,150
Percent of students submitting SAT scores94%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Typical ACT scores

Number of students submitting ACT scores1,337
Percent of students submitting ACT scores58%
ACT Composite
ACT English
ACT Math

University of California - Merced Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
On-campus $35,676 $63,690
Off-campus $27,381 $55,395
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, on-campus room and board payment of $16,790 and other expenses per full academic year.

University of California - Merced provides on-campus housing with total dormitory capacity of 2,489 students.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates $11,502 $39,516
Fees for full-time undergraduates $2,096 $2,096
Tuition for Full-time graduates $11,502 $26,604
Fees for full-time graduates $1,765 $1,765

Programs and Degrees

Biological and Biomedical Sciences 291 4 8 303
Engineering 236 9 9 254
Psychology 220 1 3 224
Social Sciences 188 3 1 192
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 142 142
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies 61 3 64
Physical Sciences 51 4 5 60
Health Professions and Related Programs 35 35
Mathematics and Statistics 21 1 5 27
English Language and Literature & Letters 26 26
History 12 1 3 16
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 12 12
Natural Resources and Conservation 4 6 10
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2 2
Grand Total1,29529431,367

A total of 1,295 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at University of California - Merced.

At the master's and doctor's level 72 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

Graduation rate64%59%70%
  • Full-time retention rate - 81%
  • Part-time retention rate - 33%

General info

Alternative namesUC Merced
MottoFiat Lux
Let there be light
Religious affiliationNot applicable
Colorsroyal blue, gold
Academic CalendarSemester
Total FTE staff1,381
Instructional FTE365
Research FTE75
Public Service FTE2
Sector of institutionPublic, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPublic
Carnegie ClassificationDoctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity

Location and Contacts

Address5200 North Lake Road
Merced, California, 95343-5603
United States
Urbanization levelRural: Fringe
City population50,000 - 250,000
Fax+1 (209) 228 4424

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