UC Merced Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for University of California Merced
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsEasy
Applicant CompetitionLow

Can I get into UC Merced? The school has a 74% acceptance rate. Last year, 15,492 out of 20,888 applicants 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 easy requirements for admission test scores. University of California Merced typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for University of California Merced
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 460
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 950
SAT Scores for University of California Merced
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1140
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 950 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 855. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1045 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 92 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
1140 and Above Good >83%
1045 to 1140 Avg + 74%-83%
950 to 1045 Avg - 63%-74%
855 to 950 Reach 50%-63%
Less than 855 Low <50%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for University of California Merced
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for University of California Merced
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 24
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 19 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 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 24 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
24 and Above Good >84%
21 to 24 Avg + 74%-84%
19 to 21 Avg - 65%-74%
17 to 19 Reach 55%-65%
Less than 17 Low <55%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need very good grades in high school to get into University of California Merced. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Merced was 3.51 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UC Merced accepts 74% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of California Merced students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 23% Good
3.50 to 3.75 27% Good
3.25 to 3.50 28% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 21% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low


Admission Statistics

University of California Merced admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,184 9,704 20,888
Accepted 8,455 7,037 15,492
Acceptance Rate 76% 73% 74%
Enrolled 1,070 978 2,048
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 14% 13%

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.