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Colleges / University of California, Merced

University of California, Merced

Merced, CA 4-Year Public

About UC Merced

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.

2021 Admissions Facts About UC Merced

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 Acceptance Rate 2021

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.

Is UC Merced a good school?

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.

Retention and graduation rates

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 outcomes and student debt

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.

Based on this information, how does UC Merced sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is UC Merced a good school for YOU?

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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.

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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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UC Merced ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

22 and Above


17 to 22


17 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

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.

UC Merced SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

990 - 1180


Math SAT Range

490 - 590


Reading SAT Range

490 - 590

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1180 and Above


990 to 1180


990 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

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.

UC Merced Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

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.


Full Time


Part Time

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Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

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Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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