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Academics

With its “high tech and modern design,” along with “small classes...and good financial aid packages,” University of California—Merced is rapidly gaining popularity with students. Additionally, they value the numerous “opportunit[ies] to be involved with research and their community.” Inside the classroom, undergrads are greeted by professors who are “enthusiastic about the subject [matter]” and “incredibly passionate about the work they do.” Further, students greatly appreciate that the faculty doesn’t simply deliver “textbook based” lectures. Instead, they do their best to apply “real life/current events” to their lessons. Some undergrads at Merced do warn that the “academics can be very tough” and “professors expect a lot from their students.” Fortunately, most professors are “easily accessible and go the extra length to help students understand the concepts.” And, as one student reveals, they are some “of the most welcoming people on campus and always have their doors open.”

Student Body

Undergrads at Merced proudly proclaim that the university has a large percentage of “low income first generation students.” Moreover, they quickly note that many of their peers have “Hispanic” roots as well. Nevertheless, you can still find plenty of individuals here from “diverse backgrounds, cultures, ages, races, and sexual orientations.” And no matter your ethnicity, everyone seems to be “quite welcoming” and “incredibly warm.” As one grateful student shares, “I can always expect a smile as I make eye contact with someone while walking to or from class.” Merced undergrads also tend to be “hard working, determined, and persistent.” And they are extraordinarily “devoted to their education” and extremely passionate about helping “disadvantaged communities.” Perhaps more importantly, students here endeavor “to help each other survive university [life].” As one student explains, when you enroll here “you feel as if you are in a large family.” A fellow undergrad agrees adding, “Each of us come together to bring out the best at the University of California—Merced.” These sentiments illustrate why students find their school to be “a special place.”

Campus Life

During the week, undergrads at UC Merced are typically focused on their academics. After “attend[ing] their lectures,” most students go “study at the library” or head “back to their homes/dorms” to tackle their homework. Of course, even these diligent undergrads need to let loose every now and again. And you can certainly find people attending campus-sponsored events such as “dances, arts and crafts, movie nights, concerts, etc.” There are also a myriad of “club activities” in which to participate and most students love “exercising” as well. Merced undergrads are also rather adept at making their own fun. This can include anything from “playing board games...or video games” to “flying drones in the fields” and “recreational shooting.” Additionally, like most universities, you can always find people “partying” on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday nights. Some undergrads do complain that “there isn’t much to do” in the surrounding area. However, others point out that beautiful “Yosemite Lake” is “about a ten minute walk from campus” and a great place to hang out. And when the weekend rolls around, students can head out to hotspots like “Yosemite National Park, Santa Cruz boardwalk, or San Francisco.”

Overview

Applicants
25,121
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.59

GPA Breakdown

33%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
26%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 570
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 580
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component required

Deadlines

Regular — November 30


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
20:1
Total Faculty
390
with Terminal Degree
333

215
Men
175
Women
117
Minority
17
International

Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
38%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Ethnic Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Materials Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Public Health, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Cognitive Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
38%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,896

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,426

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,281

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
75%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,180

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,334

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,502
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$39,516
Required Fees
$2,125
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,106

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,472

On-Campus Room and Board
$16,454
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 


Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,701
Foreign Countries Represented
6

Demographics

19.40%
Asian
4.50%
African-American
54.71%
Hispanic
9.63%
Caucasian
7.26%
International

53% female
47% male
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
38%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
88%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Fuji Collins

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
200
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
11

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Bobcats)
4 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Bobcats)
4 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups

Sustainability

Opened in 2005, the University of California, Merced, is a new school with big green dreams. Even before classes started—ground was broken in 2002—the school set a goal to have every new building be constructed to meet at least Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. The campus now has thirteen LEED certifications, including four platinum designations, and is anticipating Gold or Platinum levels for structures under construction and review. UC Merced is a unique campus in a unique place – just outside Yosemite National Park. The campus is surrounded by open space, much of which will never be developed as it is designated a nature reserve. Sustainability is part of the fabric of the campus, and is evidenced in every aspect of the university, from planning and construction, procurement and operations, to the research conducted into climate change, solar energy and energy efficiency. As part of its long-term plans, the campus has undertaken an ambitious pledge to become a zero-waste, zero-energy and climate-neutral university by 2020, and is already well on its way to fulfilling that commitment. Carpooling is encouraged and students can use the university’s free CatTracks bus service connecting the school to the train station and downtown Merced. Students take on their own sustainable challenges, including water conservation in the residence halls, and environmental stewardship programs such as Yosemite Leadership Program. As a member of the University of California system, UC Merced employs the Strategic Sourcing program to serve sustainable food and drink on campus, as well.

95/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
15%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Resale agreement through the campus bookstore.

Campus Visits Contact

Address
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343

Phone
209-228-6316

Email
tours@ucmerced.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Yosemite National Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday, some Saturdays
10 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm.
209-228-6316

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Fresno-Yosemite International Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
Directions from northbound Highway 99 Head northwest on CA-99 North. Take exit 187A for G Street. Turn right onto G Street. Turn right onto East Bellevue Road. Turn left at Lake Road. Arrive at main entrance to the UC Merced campus. Directions from southbound Highway 99 Head southeast on CA-99 South. Take Exit 187B toward Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Turn left onto CA-59 North/Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Take the third right onto West 16th Street. Take the third left onto G Street. Turn right onto East Bellevue Road. Turn left at Lake Road. Arrive at main entrance to the UC Merced campus.


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