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Merced, California

UC Merced Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of California Merced

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
69.8%
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 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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1080-1240
Applicants Submitting SAT
94%
SAT Scores for University of California Merced
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1080
SAT Scores for University of California Merced
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Merced admission chances by SAT score
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%
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UC Merced ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
58%
ACT Scores for University of California Merced
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 17
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 20
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 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.

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 >81%
23 to 27 Avg + 70%-81%
20 to 23 Avg - 60%-70%
17 to 20 Reach 48%-60%
Less than 17 Low <48%
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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 #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.

 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 12,087 10,361 22,574
Accepted 8,502 6,891 15,754
Acceptance Rate 70% 67% 70%
Enrolled 1,209 1,071 2,293
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 14% 16% 15%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2019
Days left to Apply
68

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

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.