Chances of getting into University of California Merced

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
66.2%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Merced
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into UC Merced and can I get accepted? The school has a 66% acceptance rate ranking it #65 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 16,628 out of 25,131 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 56 percent. 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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UC Merced SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1020-1190
Applicants Submitting SAT
94%
SAT Scores for University of California Merced
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for University of California Merced
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1190
Average SAT Score 1110

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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 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 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 930. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1110 out of 1600. The school ranks #46 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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Merced admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1190 and Above Good >77%
1105 to 1190 Avg + 66%-77%
1020 to 1105 Avg - 53%-66%
935 to 1020 Reach 40%-53%
Less than 935 Low <40%
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UC Merced ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-27 
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 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 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 15 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #43 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 51 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
27 and Above Good >77%
23 to 27 Avg + 66%-77%
19 to 23 Avg - 53%-66%
15 to 19 Reach 40%-53%
Less than 15 Low <40%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.51
Typical High School Grades
B+

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 #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 66% 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

Admission Statistics

University of California Merced admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 14,126 11,005 25,131
Accepted 9,516 7,112 16,628
Acceptance Rate 67% 65% 66%
Enrolled 1,213 1,001 2,214
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 14% 13%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2019.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

66% of those who apply are granted admission to UC Merced. Admission competition is low and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1190. 94% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 27. 51% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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