UC Merced Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into University of California Merced
How hard is it to get into UC Merced and can I get accepted? The school has a 70% acceptance rate ranking it #75 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 15,754 out of 22,574 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 average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 47 percent. University of California Merced typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
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UC Merced SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT94%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||550|
|SAT Math 25th||530|
|SAT Composite 25th||1080|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||630|
|SAT Math 75th||610|
|SAT Composite 75th||1240|
|Average SAT Score||1160|
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 requires applicants to be in the top 45 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1080 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 1000. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1160 out of 1600. The school 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1240 and Above||Good||>80%|
|1160 to 1240||Avg +||70%-80%|
|1080 to 1160||Avg -||58%-70%|
|1000 to 1080||Reach||45%-58%|
|Less than 1000||Low||<45%|
UC Merced ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT58%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||17|
|ACT Math 25th||19|
|ACT Composite 25th||20|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||23|
|ACT Math 75th||24|
|ACT Composite 75th||27|
|Average ACT Score||23|
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. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #41 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 58 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Merced.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|27 and Above||Good||>81%|
|23 to 27||Avg +||70%-81%|
|20 to 23||Avg -||60%-70%|
|17 to 20||Reach||48%-60%|
|Less than 17||Low||<48%|
Avg. High School GPA3.51
Typical High School GradesB+
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. The school ranks #34 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UC Merced accepts 70% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|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|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||14%||16%||15%|
Applications are DueNov 30, 2019
Days left to Apply68
Applicants have 68 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2019.
Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to UC Merced before the Nov 30 application deadline.
|SAT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Oct 5||Oct 18|
|Nov 2||Nov 15|
|ACT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Oct 26||Nov 14|
What are the requirements for admission to University of California Merced and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|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|
|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.