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Colleges / University of California, Merced

University of California, Merced

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

UC Merced Student Life

University of California, Merced Student Activities

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The University of California, Merced community comes together each year for Asian Fest, Bobcat Day and Dance Off.

Does University of California, Merced Offer Student Housing?

This table offers information on housing at University of California, Merced.

Housing Options Offered? Details
On-Campus Housing Yes
Guaranteed Housing Yes Guaranteed for freshman
Co-ed Housing Available Yes
Housing for Students with Disabilities Yes
Percentage of Students Living On-Campus 49%
Spots Available in On-Campus Housing 4,019
Number of Students Living On-Campus 413
Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus

University of California, Merced offers housing for students. Students are not required to live on campus. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most University of California, Merced students live off campus. In 2023, 49% of undergrads at University of California, Merced lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 51% of students lived off-campus or commuted to University of California, Merced. There are 4,019 spots available in on-campus housing for all 8,344 undergraduates. In the 2022-2023 school year, 413 students chose to live on-campus. On the weekends, about 50% students stay on-campus. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

University of California, Merced offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

University of California, Merced Athletics

At University of California, Merced there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at University of California, Merced:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Basketball Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport
Soccer Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport
Volleyball Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport
Cross Country Running Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport

Is University of California, Merced Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

University of California, Merced is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The UC Merced campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

UC Merced offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Plan a Visit to University of California, Merced

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit University of California, Merced, take Highway 99 to Merced, CA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Fresno Yosemite International airport.

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UC Merced Students

49%

Women

51%

Men

97%

Full Time

2%

Part Time

99%

In State

1%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

55%

21%

8%

5%

5%

4%

1%

0.32%

0.10%

Undergraduate Students

8,344

Graduate Students

760

Non-Resident / International Students

413

UC Merced Campus Services

Student Services
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Counseling
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Health Clinic
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

9,104

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

90%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$13,752

Out-of-State

$46,326

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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