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UC Merced Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into UC Merced? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 11,447 out of 18,862 applicants or 61% were admitted making UC Merced a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores. University of California Merced typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 10,079 8,783 18,862
Accepted 6,252 5,195 11,447
Acceptance Rate 62% 59% 61%
Enrolled 940 848 1,788
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 16% 16%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California Merced and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that UC Merced regularly accepts students with ACTs of 20 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 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. 55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Merced.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 990 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 885. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1095 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 91 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 990 1200
SAT Reading 490 600
SAT Math 500 590
ACT Composite 20 25
ACT English 19 25
ACT Math 19 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >75%
22 to 25 Avg + 61%-75%
20 to 22 Avg - 51%-61%
18 to 20 Reach 40%-51%
Less than 18 Low <40%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1200 and Above Good >73%
1095 to 1200 Avg + 61%-73%
990 to 1095 Avg - 48%-61%
885 to 990 Reach 35%-48%
Less than 885 Low <35%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UC Merced accepts 61% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

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 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2016.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Merced and what considerations affect admission decisions?

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.



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