University of California, Merced is a public, state school located in the small town setting of Merced, CA, less than an hour from Fresno.
the institution currently enrolls around 9,018 students a year, including 8,276 undergrads. The institution runs on a academic calendar.
Acceptance rate: 85%
Average GPA: 3.55
Mean ACT score: 20
Mean SAT score: 1050
Early Decision or Early Action: No/No
2022 Regular Decision Deadline: November 30
2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 1
UC Merced is a moderately difficult school to get accepted to. Around 85 percent of all applicants to UC Merced are accepted each year.
The average high school GPA for a student at UC Merced is 3.55 on a 4.0 scale. Admitted students have a mean score of 1050 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 20.
In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.
The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.
Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.
About 86 percent of students who start at UC Merced return for their second year of college. Out of the 1,548 students who started at UC Merced as first-time freshman, 690 graduate within four years.
Around 69 percent of students who started at UC Merced earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.
Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $17,413 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.
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The deadline to apply to UC Merced for Fall 2022 is November 1. All applicants should hear back from UC Merced by March 1.
Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. You can also see what others are saying about UC Merced in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for more schools that might be a good fit for you.
First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UC Merced is Nov 30.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UC Merced is Nov 30.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
The median ACT score of an admitted student to UC Merced is 20. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into UC Merced. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1180 and Above
990 to 1180
990 and Less
The median SAT score for UC Merced students is 1091. Applicants with SAT scores of 1180 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UC Merced, while applicants with SAT scores between 990 to 1180 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 990 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UC Merced.
Wondering what life at UC Merced is like? There are approximately 8,847 students enrolled at UC Merced, including 8,151 undergraduate students and 696 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time.
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