University Of California Merced

University Of California Merced

University of California - Merced, also known as UCM or UC Merced, is one of the 10 campuses of the University of California. Situated in the San Joaquin Valley in Merced, California, the first classes of the university were held on September 6, 2005. The entire campus is situated upon 810 acres.

UC Merced offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university currently has the following research institutes and schools:

  • Health Sciences Research Institute
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Natural Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
  • Sierra Nevada Research Institute
  • UC Merced Energy Research Institute

Students of UC Merced participate in club and intramural sports like softball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, baseball, lacrosse, and volleyball. They are also involved in various on-campus clubs and organizations including the African American Student Association, Alpha Kappa Psi, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Delta Epsilon Mu-Theta Chapter, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Bobcat Band, Arts Revival Triad Society, and University Women of Merced Network. In addition, the students publish newspapers and journals like "The Prodigy", "The Other Child", "The Right Side", "The Kumquat", and "Imagination Dead Imagine".

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Contacting UC Merced

University of California-Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced , CA 95343-5603
General Phone: (209) 228-4400

UC Merced Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Therapy and Counseling25cognitive science, psychology
Liberal Arts13comparative literature, social services, economics, history, history courses
Computer Science and Engineering4computer engineering, computer engineering courses
Engineering4environmental engineering
Business and Management1management science
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for UC Merced in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree22
Bachelor's degree7411

UC Merced Student Body

In 2007-2008, UC Merced had a total enrollment of 1,871 students (1,957 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 53%
Women 47%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 93%
Graduate 7%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 25%
Black 6%
Hispanic 28%
Asian 31%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 52%
20-21 27%
22-24 7%
25-29 5%
30-34 2%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


UC Merced Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 80 %

UC Merced Room and Board (2007)

UC Merced offers campus housing for 1,082 of its 1,957 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Merced, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

UC Merced Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440570
SAT Math470610
SAT Writing440570
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1824

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT31%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

UC Merced Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,749
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,357
Room and board $ 11,692
Books and supplies $ 1,508
Other expenses $ 3,477

Financial Aid:
UC Merced participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 4127100)

UC Merced Faculty

UC Merced has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4322
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3134

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
No academic rankcalendar year2*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year3$46,8321*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year22$121,6956$105,000
Associate professoracademic year9$85,8444$79,575
Assistant professoracademic year45$75,28222$70,932
Lectureracademic year28$43,84435$44,132
All faculty totalacademic year104$77,55067$60,499

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

UC Merced Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Management Science, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, Other

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering

Liberal Arts
Comparative Literature
Economics, General
History, General
History, Other
Social Sciences, General

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Science
Psychology, General

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What Sets UC Merced Apart:

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% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Top 7%UC Merced % of degrees in therapy and counseling
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 7%UC Merced % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 10%UC Merced Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 13%UC Merced Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 13%UC Merced Salaries of full-time faculty
Male % of student body
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Top 17%UC Merced Male % of student body
% of degrees in conservation and resource management
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%UC Merced % of degrees in conservation and resource management
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%UC Merced % of degrees in computer science and engineering
Minority % of student body
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Top 19%UC Merced Minority % of student body
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 20%UC Merced Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

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