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Colleges / University of California, Merced

University of California, Merced

Merced, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate90%
Acceptance Rate90%

About UC Merced

UC Merced opened Sept. 5, 2005, as the newest campus in the University of California system and the first American research university of the 21st century. Situated near Yosemite National Park, the campus significantly expands access to the UC system for students throughout the state, with a special mission to increase college-going rates among students in the San Joaquin Valley. It also serves as a major base of advanced research, a model of sustainable design and construction, and a stimulus to economic growth and diversification throughout the region.

University of California, Merced is a public, state university in the town of Merced, California. The university currently enrolls around 9,104 students a year, including 8,344 undergrads.

2022 Acceptance Rate for University of California, Merced

It is moderately difficult to get into UC Merced. In 2022, UC Merced accepted 90% of applicants. In 2022, 25,862 out of 28,895 total applicants were accepted.

University of California, Merced Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 90%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
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University of California, Merced is located in Merced, California, near Fresno.

If you want to see UC Merced for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Highway 99 to Merced, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Fresno Yosemite International.

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College Info

5200 North Lake Road Merced, CA 95343

Campus Setting: Small Town

UC Merced Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

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.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UC Merced is like? There are approximately 9,104 students enrolled at UC Merced, including 8,344 undergraduate students and 760 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 99% percent are from CA and 1% percent of students are from other states.


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