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University of California: Merced

Merced, CA

At A Glance

Main Address

5200 North Lake Road

Merced, CA 95343-5001

www.ucmerced.edu

Admission Office

5200 North Lake Road

Merced, CA 95343-5603

(209) 228-7178

Fax : (209) 228-4244

admissions@ucmerced.edu

Contact : Dustin Noji

Director, Admissions and Outreach

Type of School

Medium

Public

university

4-year school

Coed

Hispanic-Serving Institution

Regionally Accredited

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

College Board Member

College Board Code: 4129

Quick Facts

Regular Application Deadline : November 30

Percentage of students graduating within 6 years : 69.0%

Total undergraduates : 8,151

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 2,107

Percentage of financial need met (average) : 88.0%

Average financial aid package : $30,133.00

In-State Tuition : $14,144.00

Out-of-State Tuition : $45,338.00

School Calendar

Semester

Degrees Available

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Setting

Small City (50-250k)

Rural

Commuter campus

Deadlines

Admission

Application rolling begin : Mar 1

Regular application due: Nov 30

Priority application due : --

College will notify student of admission : --

Student must reply to acceptance by : May 1 (or within 1 week(s) if notified after May 1st)

Housing deposit due : May 7

Tests

SAT Reasoning/ACT Score report due : Feb 15

SAT subject score report due : Feb 15

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application due : --

Financial Aid Priority Application due : --

College will notify student : --

Student must reply : --

Transfer Students

Transfer Application closing date : Nov 30

College will notify student of transfer decision by : Apr 30

Transfer priority application date : --

Transfer student must reply : Jun 1

Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms : --

Transfer priority financial aid deadline : --

College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about : --

Student must reply to financial aid decision by : --

Major and Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Calendar type : Semester

Student-faculty ratio : 20 to 1

Degrees Offered in : Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral degrees

Graduating in 6 years : 69.0%

Returning for sophomore year : 85.0%

Accreditation and Associations

Regionally Accredited

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Hispanic-Serving Institution

College Board Member

Most Popular Majors

Bachelor's
Biology : 23.0%
Engineering : 21.0%
Psychology : 15.0%
Social Sciences : 12.0%
Business/Marketing : 11.0%
Health Professions : 6.0%
Interdisciplinary Studies : 5.0%

All Majors

Levels at which colleges offer undergraduate majors are designated by these letters :

A = Associate degree, B = Bachelor's degree, C = Certificate degree, D = Doctor degree, M = Master degree

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General B
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology D M

Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support
Business Administration and Management, General B

Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering B D M
Computer Engineering, General B
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B D M

English Language, Literature & Letters
English Language and Literature, General B

Foreign Language, Literatures & Linguistics
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General B

Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences
Public Health, General B

History
History, General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences, Gen Studies & Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies D M

Mathematics & Statistics
Applied Mathematics B D M

Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences D M
Cognitive Science, General B D M

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science D M

Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General B
Geology/Earth Science, General B
Physics, General B D M

Psychology
Psychology, General B D M

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics, General B
Political Science and Government, General B D M
Sociology B D M

Visual & Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, General B

Learning outside the classroom

Many colleges offer special programs like the opportunity to study abroad or participate in internships to get on-the-job training. Nearly all colleges provide extra academic help or tutoring to students who need it.

Special Study Options

Internships

Double Major

Independent Study

Accelerated Program

Off-Campus Study Options

Study Abroad

Washington Semester

Computer Services

230 Public computers, available in: Libraries, Dorms, Computer Center

Dorms wired for access to campus-wide network

Dorms wired for high speed internet connections

Wireless network available

Where Graduates Go

Within one year of receiving their bachelor’s degree:

Law : 2.0%

Other : 21.0%

Campus Life

Campus General Information

Size : Medium-sized

Geographic Location : 120 miles from San Francisco, 60 miles from Fresno.

Small City

Rural

Commuter Campus

Total undergraduates : 8,151

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 2,107

Degree-seeking undergrads : 8,151

Graduate enrollment : 696

Student General Information

All students average age : 20

Full time students average age : 20

Part Time students : <1%

Percentage of males : 48.0%

Percentage of females : 52.0%

Race/Ethnicity

Two or more races : 3.0%

Black African American : 4.0%

Asian : 19.0%

Hispanic/Latino : 56.0%

White : 9.0%

Non-Resident Alien : 8.0%

Other Activities & Organizations

Student Newspaper : The Prodigy

Housing Policies

First-year students living in college housing : 90.0%

All undergraduates living in college housing : 44.0%

Housing Options

Apartments For Married Students

Apartments For Single Students

Special Housing For Disabled Students

Theme Housing

Coed Housing

Additional Housing Options

Housing deposit : $300.00

Housing deposit due : May 7

Housing deposit is partially refunded if student does not enroll.

Car is not allowed for freshman

Pet is not allowed in the Dorm

General Athletics

Team Name : Golden Bobcats

Sport Member : NAIA

Sport's Levels Available

Scholarship

Club

Intramural

Intercollegiate

Counseling And Wellness

On-campus daycare

Alcohol/substance abuse counseling

Career counseling

Economically disadvantaged students services

Employment services for undergraduates

Financial aid counseling

Health services

Minority students services

Personal counseling

Veteran's counselor

Women's services

Additional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Comprehensive services for students with learning disabilities

Services and/or facilities for hearing impaired

Services and/or facilities for visually impaired

Wheelchair Accessibility

Academic Support Programs

Learning center

Study skills assistance

Tutoring

Writing center

Activities

Y indicates available and N indicates not available

Activity Name

Available on Campus

Campus Ministries

Y

Choral Groups

Y

Concert Band

N

Dance Activity

Y

Drama/Theater

N

Film Society

Y

Fraternities

Y

Government or Political Activity

Y

International Student Organization

N

Jazz Band

N

Literary Magazine

N

Marching Band

N

Model United Nations

N

Music Ensembles

N

Musical Theater

N

Opera

N

Pep Band

Y

Radio Station

Y

Sororities

Y

Student Newspaper

Y

Symphony Orchestra

N

Television Station

N

Yearbook

Y

Sports

Sport Name

Levels Available

Archery

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Baseball

Men's Club

Basketball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Cheerleading

Men's Club

Women's Club

Cross-Country

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Football(non-tackle)

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Golf

Men's Club

Women's Club

Lacrosse

Men's Club

Women's Club

Soccer

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Softball

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Table tennis

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Volleyball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Water Polo

Men's Club

Women's Club

Wrestling

Men's Club

Women's Club

Other Sports : Dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee, grass volleyball, martial arts


Applying

General Applying Information

Application Fee: $70.00

Application fee notes: Paper/Online

Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes

Total applicants : 25,424

Admitted : 18,291

Enrolled : 2,107

Somewhat selective 72.0% of applicants admitted

Applied early admission : --

Admitted early admission : --

Applied early action : --

Admitted early action : --



Admission stats are based on first-time, degree seeking freshmen from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.

Very Important

Academic GPA

Application Essay

Rigor of secondary school record

Standardized Test Scores

Important

Extracurricular Activities

Talent/Ability

Considered

Character/Personal Qualities

First generation college student

Geographical Residence

Recommendations

State Residency

Volunteer Work

Work Experience

Test Policies for Admission Decisions

Required: SAT or ACT

Test Policies for placement

Institution's own exam

SAT score use policy

All SAT Scores Required for Review

Other Test Policies

Information not supplied by college

A note from the college

Academic record and test scores determine eligibility.

GPAs of incoming freshmen

3.5 - 3.74 : 27.0%

3.25 - 3.49 : 26.0%

3.00 - 3.24 : 15.0%

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

700 - 800 : 2.0%

600 - 699 : 21.0%

500 - 599 : 51.0%

400 - 499 : 25.0%

300 - 399 : 1.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

SAT Math

700 - 800 : 5.0%

600 - 699 : 19.0%

500 - 599 : 51.0%

400 - 499 : 24.0%

300 - 399 : 1.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

ACT Composite

30 - 36 : 3.0%

24 - 29 : 17.0%

18 - 23 : 55.0%

12 - 17 : 25.0%

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Information

Offers credit for AP Exams : Yes

Offers placement into higher-level courses for AP Exams : Yes

Offers sophomore standing for qualifying AP scores : Yes

AP credit policy depends on student’s major, school, or program : No

From the college: Scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement Exams earn unit credit. Some limitations apply where content of two or more exams overlap. Additionally, unit credit will not be awarded for an AP exam taken after the student completed a college course covering the same material. Placement is separate from the amount of unit credit awarded.

High school Coursework

High School diploma required, GED accepted

Course Name

Required

Recommended

Social Studies

0

0

Visual/Performing Arts

1

0

History

2

0

English

4

0

Math

3

4

Science

2

3

Science Lab

2

3

Foreign Language

2

3

Academic Electives

1

0

TEST Scores

Percent who submitted SAT scores : 92.0% and Percent who submitted ACT scores : 42.0%

Test Subjects

Middle 50% of First-Year Students

SAT Math

490 - 590

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

490 - 590

ACT Composite

17 - 22


AP & Admission Policy

From the college: AP courses are considered excellent preparation for students planning to enroll at UC Merced. In calculating the GPA for admission, honors points are awarded for up to 4 units (8 semesters) if the AP courses are passed with grades of C or better.

Exam

Min Score Required

Number of Credits

Equivalent Course(s)

Applicable Program

2-D Art and Design

4

5.3

--

All

3-D Art and Design

4

5.3

--

All

Art History

4

4

--

All

Biology

4

5.3

BIO 001 and BIO 001L

All

Calculus AB

3

2.7

--

All

4

2.7

MATH 011 or MATH 021

All

Calculus BC

3

5.3

MATH 011 or MATH 021

All

4

5.3

MATH 011 and MATH 012 OR MATH 021 and MATH 022.

All

Calculus BC: AB Subscore

3

2.7

MATH 011 or MATH 021

All

Chemistry

3

5.3

--

All

5

5.3

CHEM 002 and CHEM 010

All

Chinese Language and Culture

3

5.3

--

All

5

5.3

CHN 004

All

Comparative Government and Politics

4

2.7

POLI 003

All

Computer Science A

3

1.3

CSE 020

All

4

1.3

CSE 020 and CSE 021

All

Computer Science Principles

3

5.3

--

All

Drawing

4

5.3

--

All

English Language and Composition

3

5.3

WRI 001

All

4

5.3

WRI 010

All

English Literature and Composition

3

5.3

WRI 001

All

4

5.3

1 ENG course (10-49)

All

Environmental Science

4

2.7

ESS 001

All

European History

4

5.3

HIST 030A, HIST 030B, or HIST 031

All

French Language and Culture

3

5.3

--

All

5

5.3

FRE 004

All

German Language and Culture

3

5.3

--

All

Italian Language and Culture

3

5.3

--

All

Japanese Language and Culture

3

5.3

--

All

5

5.3

JPN 004

All

Macroeconomics

4

2.7

--

All

Microeconomics

4

2.7*

--

All

Music Theory

3

5.3

--

All

Physics 1

3

5.3

--

All

Physics 2

3

5.3

--

All

Physics C: Mechanics

5

2.7

PHYS 008 or PHYS 018

All

Psychology

4

2.7

PSY 001

All

Spanish Language and Culture

3

5.3

--

All

5

5.3

SPAN 004 or SPAN 011

All

Spanish Literature and Culture

3

5.3

--

All

4

5.3

SPAN 004 or SPAN 011 AND SPAN 050 and SPAN 051

All

Statistics

3

2.7

--

All

4

2.7

MATH 018 or SSHA’s Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (PSY 010).

All

5

2.7

ECON 010 or POLI 010 or SOC 010

All

United States Government and Politics

4

2.7

POLI 001

All

United States History

4

5.3

HIST 016 and HIST 017

All

World History: Modern

4

5.3

HIST 010 and HIST 011

All

*Check with the related academic department at the college for more information.


Paying

Financial Aid Distribution & Stats

% of scholarship / grants : 84.0%

% of loans / jobs : 16.0%

% of freshmen with need who received financial aid : 100.0%

% Applied for need-based aid : 95.0%

% Judged to have need : 95.0%

% that were offered aid : 94.0%

% that had need fully met : 22.0%

% of need met : 88.0%

Average 1st year financial aid package : $30,133.00

Avg non need-based aid : $9,310.00

Avg need-based scholarship or grant award : $24,953.00

Avg need-based loan : $4,651.00

Avg indebtedness at graduation : $17,872.00

Financial Aid Deadlines

Contact Information

Financial aid contact name : Ron Radney

Financial aid office phone : (209) 228-7178

Financial Aid Forms

Domestic first-year financial aid applicants must submit the following forms, if applicable:

FAFSA

Financial Aid Policies

This school practices need-blind admissions.

Scholarship Opportunities

Regents' Scholarships: based on strength and breadth of academic program, grades, personal statement, extracurricular activities, community activities, first-generation status, other indicators of academic excellence and promise.

Need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Leadership

Non need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Leadership

Work Study Programs

Nights

Weekends

Tuition payment plans

Credit card payment

Deferred payment

Annual College Costs

Cost Category

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home

In-state tuition and fees:

$14,144.00

$14,144.00

$14,144.00

Out-of-state tuition and fees:

$45,338.00

$45,338.00

$45,338.00

Room and board:

$18,267.00

$8,318.00

--

Books and supplies:

$1,006.00

$1,006.00

$1,006.00

Estimated personal expenses:

$3,846.00

$3,716.00

$3,848.00

Transportation expenses:

$453.00

$1,105.00

$1,472.00

Estimated Total In-state:

$37,716.00

$28,289.00

$20,470.00

Estimated Total Out-of-state:

$68,910.00

$59,483.00

$51,664.00

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Athletic Scholarship Opportunities

Sport

Male

Female

Basketball

Available

Available

Cross-Country

Available

Available

Soccer

Available

Available

Volleyball

Available

Available

For Transfer Students

Credit Information

Minimum number of credits: --

Minimum college GPA (on a 4.0 scale): 2

Lowest grade earned for course that may be transferred for credit (on a 4.0 scale): 1

Maximum credits/courses from a 2-year institution: 70

Maximum credits/courses from a 4-year institution: --

Minimum credits transfers must complete to earn bachelor's degree: 24

Admission Requirements (Required)

Essay or Personal Statement

Students who applied for transfer

Total students who applied for transfer: 3,945

Transfers admitted percentage: 51.0%

Transfers admitted: 2,037

Transfers enrolled percentage: 4.0%

Transfers enrolled: 174

Students who applied for transfer from 2 year schools: 99.0%

Students who applied for transfer from 4 year schools: 1.0%

Terms in which transfer students may enroll

Fall

Spring

Transfers accepted as

2nd semester freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Services for students transferring IN from another school

Advisor

Orientation

Special Requirements

--

For International Students

Admission for International Students

Application fee: $80.00

Annual College Costs

Tuition and Fees: $45,338.00

Room & Board(on-campus): $18,267.00

Room & Board(off-campus): $8,318.00

Additional estimated expenses: --

Costs per credit hour: --

Financial Aid

International students eligible for need based aid

International students eligible for non-need based aid

Total Amount Awarded: $65,000.00

Number of enrolled international undergraduates received aid: 13

Tests for International Students

TOEFL Required of non-resident alien applicants

TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: --

TOEFL (internet-based test) minimum score: 80

TOEFL (paper) average score: --

TOEFL (paper) minimum score: --

Services for International Students

Special International Student Orientation Program

International Student Adviser