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UC Merced Admission Requirements

Merced, California

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Chances of getting into University of California Merced

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
85%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Merced
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into UC Merced and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UC Merced is 85%.  It ranks #84 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. University of California Merced is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 21,982 out of 25,923 applicants were admitted.

The school has easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 62 percent (SAT 960/1140 ACT 19/24). University of California Merced typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.55. 9% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The UC Merced application fee is $70 and applications are due by Nov 30.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University of California Merced is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

UC Merced SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
960-1140
Applicants Submitting SAT 
94%
SAT Scores for University of California Merced
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 960
SAT Scores for University of California Merced
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1140
Average SAT Score 1050

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

University of California Merced typically prefers applicants to be in the top 68 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 960 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 870. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1050 out of 1600. UC Merced ranks #50 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 94 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >92%
1050 to 1140 Avg + 85%-92%
960 to 1050 Avg - 75%-85%
870 to 960 Reach 61%-75%
Less than 870 Low <61%
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UC Merced ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
19-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
51%
ACT Scores for University of California Merced
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for University of California Merced
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 21
ACT Math 75th 22
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 21

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. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. 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. The school ranks #47 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Merced.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >92%
21 to 24 Avg + 85%-92%
19 to 21 Avg - 77%-85%
17 to 19 Reach 67%-77%
Less than 17 Low <67%
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UC Merced GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.55
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into University of California Merced?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into UC Merced. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Merced was 3.55 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #42 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.55 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as UC Merced accepts 85% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted University of California Merced students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 17.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 14.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 22.8% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 24.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 22.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.2% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

High School Class Rank for admitted University of California Merced students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 17%
Top 25% of class 0%
Top 50% of class 0%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of California Merced admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 14,508 11,415 25,923
Accepted 12,563 9,419 21,982
Acceptance Rate 87% 83% 85%
Enrolled 1,056 895 1,951
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 8% 10% 9%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2022
Days left to Apply
54

Applicants have 54 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of California Merced is $70.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Merced and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of California Merced Application 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.

FAQs

Does University of California Merced prefer SAT or ACT?

94% of students submit their SAT scores to UC Merced. 51% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of California Merced?

85% of those who apply are granted admission to UC Merced. Admission competition is and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of California Merced?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 960 and 1140. 94% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of California Merced?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 24. 51% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.