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UC Merced Admission Requirements

Merced, California

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Chances of getting into University of California Merced

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
72%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Merced
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into UC Merced and can I get accepted? The school has a 72% acceptance rate ranking it #70 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 18,294 out of 25,424 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 moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 58 percent. University of California Merced typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 12% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

UC Merced SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1000-1180
Applicants Submitting SAT
94%
SAT Scores for University of California Merced
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for University of California Merced
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1180
Average SAT Score 1090

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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 60 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1000 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 910. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1090 out of 1600. The school ranks #47 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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
1180 and Above Good >81%
1090 to 1180 Avg + 72%-81%
1000 to 1090 Avg - 60%-72%
910 to 1000 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 910 Low <47%
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UC Merced ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT
51%
ACT Scores for University of California Merced
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 17
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for University of California Merced
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 22
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 22

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 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #45 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Merced.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

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 >81%
22 to 25 Avg + 72%-81%
19 to 22 Avg - 60%-72%
16 to 19 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 16 Low <47%
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UC Merced GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.51
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 3.51 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #40 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 72% 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

University of California Merced admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 14,173 11,251 25,424
Accepted 10,286 8,008 18,294
Acceptance Rate 73% 71% 72%
Enrolled 1,107 998 2,105
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 11% 12% 12%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2020.

Admission 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 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.

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?

72% of those who apply are granted admission to UC Merced. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate 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 1000 and 1180. 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 25. 51% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.