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  1. Professors
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Safety
    A-
  5. Student Life
    C+
  6. Location
    C+
Merced is a public college located in Merced, California in the Modesto Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,743 undergraduate students. The Merced acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Psychology, and Social Science Research Methods. Graduating 28% of students, Merced alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $20,800.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA

Cost

Net Price
$9,406/ 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
$5,967/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
80%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
27:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.69 responses
34%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.74 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.74 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
3
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
3
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    21%
  • On Campus
    75%
  • Online
    5%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,743Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
6,252
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
65%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 3 responses
  • Bored
    33%
  • Happy
    33%
  • Outgoing
    33%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$27,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
28%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
79%
National
83%

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Merced College is a great 2 year college to start your career. It is centrally located in Merced. There is a transit system (bus) and a lot of things in walking distance from the college. The counselors that help you choose your classes are very helpful in leading you in the direction for you future career choice. I am planning on becoming a nurse, and was going to take a MA program elsewhere when my counselor let me know that Merced College offers the same program for a lot less! I was originally going to schedule a summer school course when she asked my future plans. I am so glad we had this conversation and that she wanted to make sure I was on track for my future career goal. I was so excited to find this information about the MA program and Merced College and will be starting this program in the fall.
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The teachers at Merced College are great! Smaller classes allow you to engage more with your professor and gives you a better understanding of what is going on within the class. It is very easy to register for classes and the counselors work quickly and efficiently to make sure every student is succeeding. Taking classes at Merced College is a great way to prepare for when you plan to transfer. One thing I wish would change is the number of classes offered. The classes fill up quite quickly, and I feel that making more classes would allow for every student to take the exact classes they need.
I like Merced College because they offer a lot for undergraduates. Not only can undergraduates earn their Associates's degree and graduate high school at the same time, but you can also get that college experience at this community college. I was able to learn that learning and staying in school depends on you. You have to be responsible for yourself and your actions. If you are struggling in one of your classes, Merced College offers free tutoring for anyone who needs help with homework or preparing for an upcoming exam. About 99% of these professors are lenient with student-athletes and their schedules.