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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  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+
UC Merced is an above-average public university located in California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,297 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the UC Merced acceptance rate is 70%. Popular majors include Biology, Psychology, and Business. Graduating 64% of students, UC Merced alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,900.
About University of California - Merced...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
California Pacific Conference
Address
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343

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
70%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1000-1170
ACT Range
20-27
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$13,147/ 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
$23,444/ 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
49%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.140 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.140 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,297Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
78
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
66%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 80 responses
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  • Hardworking, friendly, and easy going.
    73%
  • Hard working, competitive, intelligent
    9%
  • Getting by
    8%
  • Hardworking, reserved, Getting by
    8%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Outgoing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
66%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.168 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.189 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 96 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
64%
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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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!
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I love being a student at University of California Merced! The professors are amazing and very helpful. The class sizes are decent, plus discussions and office hours are very helpful when you need extra help. There's plenty of options when it comes to food, there's a brand new dining center and many food trucks. I would definitely encourage people to apply to UCM, it's continuously growing and it great for first generation students.
UC Merced is the newest UC added to the University of California system. The school is going through substantial growth. The school does a good job to recruit prospective students and the student body is the most diverse I've seen in the UC system. While many of the programs may not be nationally ranked I think UC Merced is doing a good job to recruit top professors through its UC network. I like that the school support is there for all students who need support and assistance. I would recommend a school tour to provide you additional in-depth information. I recently visited and had left with a positive impression that I didn't expect and was very impressed. Check it out for yourself!