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Colleges / University of California, Merced

UC Merced Admissions

If you want to apply to UC Merced, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is November 30 and the fee for the application is $70. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 1.

Considering Applying Early to UC Merced?

University of California, Merced does not offer early decision or early action..

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to UC Merced?

UC Merced is amoderately difficult school to get into. UC Merced evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, UC Merced accepted 85% of all applicants., around 21,982 of the 25,924 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like UC Merced, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does UC Merced Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at UC Merced

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

UC Merced 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UC Merced must submit the following items. Double check with UC Merced's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements minimum 3.0 high school GPA for California residents
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UC Merced?

Students admitted to UC Merced have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6. At UC Merced 17% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of California, Merced, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 17%
3.50 and 3.74 23%
3.25 and 3.49 24%
3.00 and 3.24 22%
2.50 and 2.9 0%
2.00 and 2.49 0%
UC Merced does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

UC Merced is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 93% of UC Merced's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 33% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UC Merced?

To be competitive with other UC Merced applicants, you should strive to earn between 950 and 1140 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UC Merced 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1140 and 25% of scored lower than 950, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UC Merced student is 1050.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UC Merced students scored 570 or higher and 75% of students scored 470 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UC Merced students scored 570 or higher, and 75% scored a 470 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UC Merced?

To be most competitive at UC Merced, you should strive to earn between 17 and 22 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 22 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UC Merced's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 22, and three out of four students scored lower than 22 on the ACT.

A 17 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UC Merced students. Only one out of every four students scored below 17.

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Transferring to University of California, Merced

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UC Merced.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is November 30. Applicants should hear back by April 1.

Transfer students can enroll in UC Merced during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

UC Merced Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UC Merced?

Students who are admitted to UC Merced must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does UC Merced accept transfer credits?

UC Merced accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does UC Merced accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UC Merced accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UC Merced?

No, UC Merced is test optional, so you can choose if you want to to include your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

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UC Merced Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

85%

How hard is it to get into UC Merced? UC Merced is a somewhat selective institution. The UC Merced acceptance rate is 85%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

17 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

22 and Above

Good

17 to 22

Avg

17 and Less

Low

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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

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Composite SAT Range

950 - 1140

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Math SAT Range

470 - 570

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Reading SAT Range

470 - 570

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1140 and Above

Good

950 to 1140

Avg

950 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UC Merced students is 1050. Applicants with SAT scores of 1140 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UC Merced, while applicants with SAT scores between 950 to 1140 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 950 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UC Merced.

UC Merced GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.55

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UC Merced, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.55. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

9,018

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

85%

Tuition and Fees

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Application Deadline

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