B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B+
University of California - Merced is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
California Pacific Conference
Address
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
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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

Acceptance Rate
74%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
870-1070
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No
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Cost

Net Price
$12,805/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,810/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,244/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,571/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,866/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,959/ year

Academics

Professors
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
51%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.128 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.128 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,164Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
64%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 68 responses
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  • Hardworking, friendly, and easy going.
    78%
  • Hard working, competitive, intelligent
    9%
  • Getting by
    7%
  • Hardworking, reserved, Getting by
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
67%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.156 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.177 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 84 responses
Report
  • New and developing
    68%
  • BOBCATS
    17%
  • Beautiful
    10%
  • Memorable
    4%
  • Interesting
    1%
  • Rewarding
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
National
83%
68%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.90 responses
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UC Merced is a great university, but is in the middle of no where which tends to make weekends uneventful. As first year students, you’re not able to have a car on campus so you really have to make the best out of the campus. Lake Yosemite is walking distance from the campus, which is a plus because students can have a barbecue and relax there. The professors are always there to help you with anything. Food isn’t the best, unless food truck are on campus. Overall UC Merced is a beautiful campus and a great place to study!
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The professors here at the Univeristy of California, Merced are passionate and straight forward about their expectations of their students. Most if not all of my toreadors make it clear that they care about their students success by reminding us that they have office hours or stopping mid-lecture to ask if we are understanding the lecture. Last semester, my history professor, professor Malloy was spectacular! He was always enthusiastic during lecture and would reenact historical events by asking us to participate in debates. Then, my sociology professor, professor Guzam, was always passionate during his sociology lectures and often asked if we were okay and were understanding everything he was explaining during lecture.
I love how different this UC is apart from any other UC. Not only is it an upcoming university, but its experience is like no other. From being in touch with nature, (hence all the cows and raccoons), to meeting people from around the globe, UC Merced is a great place to focus on studies. Love my experience here and I can't wait to continue my journey!