UC Merced Admission Chances

Acceptance Chances

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for University of California Merced
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionLow

Can I get into UC Merced? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 11,447 out of 18,862 applicants or 61% were admitted making UC Merced a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores. Only 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.


SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for University of California Merced
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 990
SAT Scores for University of California Merced
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1200
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California Merced?

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 990 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 885. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1095 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 91 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Merced admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1200 and Above Good >73%
1095 to 1200 Avg + 61%-73%
990 to 1095 Avg - 48%-61%
885 to 990 Reach 35%-48%
Less than 885 Low <35%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for University of California Merced
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for University of California Merced
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 25
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UC Merced?

Admission data indicates that UC Merced regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. 55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Merced.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Merced admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >75%
22 to 25 Avg + 61%-75%
20 to 22 Avg - 51%-61%
18 to 20 Reach 40%-51%
Less than 18 Low <40%

Estimated GPA Requirements

University of California Merced has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.


Admission Statistics

University of California Merced admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,079 8,783 18,862
Accepted 6,252 5,195 11,447
Acceptance Rate 62% 59% 61%
Enrolled 940 848 1,788
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 16% 16%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Merced and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of California Merced Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of California Merced
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=445188 IPEDS survey data for University of California Merced.