University of California, Merced

Merced, CA

Website: www.ucmerced.edu/

Public
Co-ed
6,237
Undergraduate
Students
(51.7%) 3,223 Women
(48.3%) 3,014 Men
448
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
61% of 18,862 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
November 30

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.56
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $35,386
Out-of-state: $63,400
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $13,627
Out-of-state: $41,641
Room and Board
$16,454
Average Percent of Need Met
87%
Average Freshman Award
$29,416
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$19,551
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Not reported
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
315
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 4% of classes
10-19 students: 22% of classes
20-29 students: 35% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 17% of classes
Over 100 students: 12% of classes
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Campus Life

Merced Population
76,303
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Fresno
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
34% of all students
Athletic Conferences
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
Bobcats
Sororities
11% of women participate
Fraternities
8% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
24.4% Asian
5.1% Black/African-American
51.2% Hispanic/Latino
4.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.8% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
13.5% White
0.8% Unknown
International Students
5.3% from 22 countries
First-Year Students Returning
84.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Not reported
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
13.5%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies    
History 2  
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
5200 North Lake Road
City, State, Zip
Merced, CA 95343
Phone
(209) 228-7178
Fax
 
E-mail
admissions@ucmerced.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
November 30
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
Minimum 3.0 high school GPA for California residents required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
61% of 18,862 applicants were admitted
Women
62% of 10,099 applicants were admitted
Men
59% of 8,763 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,885 (16%) of 11,444 admitted students enrolled
Women
980 (16%) of 6,255 admitted students enrolled
Men
905 (17%) of 5,189 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.56
3.75 and Above
22%
3.50 - 3.74
29%
3.25 - 3.49
28%
3.00 - 3.24
21%
2.50 - 2.99
 
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
Not reported
Score of 30 - 36
Not reported
Score of 24 - 29
Not reported
Score of 18 - 23
Not reported
Score of 12 - 17
Not reported
Score of 6 - 11
Not reported
Score of 5 or Below
Not reported

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $35,386
Out-of-state: $63,400
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $13,627
Out-of-state: $41,641
Room and Board
$16,454
Books and Supplies
$1,006
Other Expenses
$4,299
Payment Plans
Deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@ucmerced.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 2
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 2
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 041271
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
2,221 (97.2%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
2,108 (94.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,098 (99.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
546 (26.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
87%
Average Award
$29,416
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,086 (99.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $25,176
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,383 (65.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,619
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 17 (.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
12 (.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,841

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
6,901 (94.6%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
6,554 (95.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
6,518 (99.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,471 (22.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Award
$25,198
Need-Based Gift
Received by 6,439 (98.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $21,698
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 3,872 (59.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,297
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 54 (.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
80 (1.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $10,363

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
70%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$19,551
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
Alternative loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Not reported
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Cognitive Science
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Economics, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • History, General
  • Management Science
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Sociology
Most Popular Disciplines
Biological/life sciences, Psychology, Social sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
315
Part-Time Faculty
58
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
70%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 4% of classes
10-19 students: 22% of classes
20-29 students: 35% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 17% of classes
Over 100 students: 12% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 21% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 52% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 23% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
230
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Information Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Physics
  • Psychology--General
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Systems Biology
  • Systems Engineering

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Information Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Physics
  • Psychology--General
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Systems Biology
  • Systems Engineering

Location and Setting


Merced Population
76,303
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Fresno
Campus Size
815 acres

Weather

Temperature
38 average low in January; 87 average high in September
Rain
50 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 miles from campus in Merced
Nearest Train Station
5 miles from campus in Merced

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
34% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
66%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
Bobcats
School Colors
Blue and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Volleyball x   x  
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Soccer x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Soccer x  
Volleyball x  
Women's Club Sports
golf
Men's Club Sports
golf

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
archery, basketball, football, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, philipino american alliance, vietnamese student association, intervarsity christian fellowship, latino associated students, hip hop movement
Sororities
11% of women participate
Fraternities
8% of men participate
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
6,237
Women
3,223 (51.7%)
Men
3,014 (48.3%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
6,164
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
24.4% Asian
5.1% Black/African-American
51.2% Hispanic/Latino
4.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.8% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
13.5% White
0.8% Unknown
International Students.
5.3% from 22 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
448

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
84.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Not reported
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
Not reported
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
66.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
13.5%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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