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University of California - Merced
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  • 4 Year
  • MERCED, CA

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Report Card

grade B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B
  2. Value
    grade B+
  3. Diversity
    grade B+
  4. Campus
    grade C+
  5. Athletics
    grade C+
  6. Party Scene
    grade B minus
  7. Professors
    grade A
  8. Location
    grade C minus
  9. Dorms
    grade A minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade C minus
  11. Student Life
    grade B minus
  12. Safety
    grade A minus

About

5200 NORTH LAKE ROAD
MERCED, CA 95343
Athletic Division
NAIA
Athletic Conference
California Pacific Conference
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.

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University of California - Merced Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
November 30
Acceptance Rate
85%
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
$13,578 / 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
$23,728 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
93%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 125 responses
47%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 151 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 151 responses

Majors

Discover the possibilities for your future.

UC Merced offers 25 majors, 25 minors 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. The list will continue to grow as the campus reaches 10,000 students in the coming years.

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    3%
  • On Campus
    0%
  • Online
    97%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,194 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
82
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
65%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 88 responses
  • Hardworking, friendly, and easy going.
    72%
  • Hard working, competitive, intelligent
    9%
  • Hardworking, reserved, Getting by
    9%
  • Getting by
    8%
  • Entitled Snobs
    1%
  • Outgoing
    1%

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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
64%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 179 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 200 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 107 responses
  • New and developing
    60%
  • BOBCATS
    20%
  • Beautiful
    8%
  • Memorable
    4%
  • Underrated
    3%
  • Interesting
    2%
  • Fast-paced
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
No data available  
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
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. 90 responses

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Rating 3.63 out of 5  2,159 reviews
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