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UC Merced Demographics & Diversity

Merced, California

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at UC Merced are predominantly Hispanic with a sizeable Asian population. The school has very high racial diversity. 87% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

University of California Merced has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is eligible for federal grants supporting the school's efforts to serve Hispanic Americans.

The college is an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and is recognized for serving Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders.

Racial demographics of University of California Merced students
Race Percent of Students
White 13%
Black 5%
Hispanic 48%
Asian 23%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 4%
International 5%
Race Unknown 1%
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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Very High

There are 5% more female students than male students enrolled at University of California Merced with a gender ratio of 51% women to 49% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, UC Merced has a higher gender diversity than other US colleges and is very inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for University of California Merced students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 49%
Women 51%
Enrollment by gender for University of California Merced students
Gender Number of Students
Men 4,166
Women 4,378

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

UC Merced serves a very low number of students outside of California, with 100 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for University of California Merced students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 100%
Out of State 0%
Foreign 0%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$76,621 per year

64% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Enrollment
8,544
Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 2.1%
Part time Undergrads 1.2%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=445188 IPEDS survey data for University of California Merced.