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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    D+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B+
UC Merced is an above-average public university located in California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,813 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the UC Merced acceptance rate is 66%. Popular majors include Biology, Psychology, and Business. Graduating 66% of students, UC Merced alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,900.
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
California Pacific Conference

University of California - Merced Rankings

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UC Merced Admissions

Acceptance Rate
66%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1020-1190
ACT Range
19-27
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$12,390/ 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
$24,453/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.125 responses
48%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.143 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.143 responses

Majors

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
    2%
  • On Campus
    98%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,813Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
68
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
67%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 81 responses
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  • Hardworking, friendly, and easy going.
    75%
  • Hard working, competitive, intelligent
    9%
  • Getting by
    7%
  • Hardworking, reserved, Getting by
    7%
  • Outgoing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
65%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.171 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.192 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 99 responses
Report
  • New and developing
    63%
  • BOBCATS
    20%
  • Beautiful
    9%
  • Memorable
    3%
  • Underrated
    2%
  • Home away from home
    1%
  • Interesting
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
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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I've just finished my year at UC Merced so I have a pretty good idea already of the challenges/benefits that come with attending this university. The students at UC Merced from my experience are very kind and some will engage in inspiring conversations. I would say my guidance counselor is very helpful and my Spark teacher gave so much insight in regards to being a creator. What I disliked about the university was the student resources because some staff, in my opinion, are useless because they had no control over many campus choices. I found that UC Merced takes money from the students without their discretion. A common complaint was that students could only increase the swipes on their meal plans but to downgrade to the least amount of swipes was not permitted. The Pavillion food was not pleasant nor worth the amount you are pay which is around $15 per swipe, which usually students just ate pizza or fries! Nutrition is crucial for overall health, which the campus lacked!
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My experience at UC Merced has been one for the books. The school is new and evolving and I thoroughly enjoy it! At first, students from your high school may look at you and ask why you would even consider going to UC Merced, but being a part of this UC campus has been one of the best decisions of my life and I would never even think about switching schools. It feels amazing to be a huge part of a school that is changing daily. The school is always looking for new and improved ways to vamp up the campus from building new dorm rooms to also building a much larger and new dining center to account for the large amount of students coming in each academic year to the school. I love the fact that most of the new buildings within the 2020 Project have dorm style buildings with classrooms and educational spaces on the bottom floor of the building. It has been nice to be able to roll out of bed, brush your teeth and go straight to class that is within less than a five minute walk to the class.
Although UC Merced is the newest university added to the UC system, it is vastly growing. The campus life is extremely amazing, it's feels as if you're living in a small town on campus, which allows you to feel comfortable and at home. Stepping on this campus will never make you feel out of place because it is rich with diversity. It is easy to fit in and find the wonderful group of people, just for you! UC Merced also offers many different variety of courses for their students that helps guide the students towards the path that is right for them. The professors and staff are extremely helpful with their students and are always ready to provide students with the help that is needed. UC Merced is an amazing school!