University of California-Merced (UCM)

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University of California-Merced can be found in Merced, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. About 4,800 students are enrolled at University of California-Merced.

The majority of students that got into University of California-Merced had an SAT score between 1340 to 1690, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 18 to 24. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the UCM average GPA ranges from 2.98 to 3.33 for accepted students. About 80% of all students which applied were admitted at UCM, and from those that were granted acceptance nearly 14% continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UCM Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for University of California-Merced was reported as 75.5% in Fall 2012 with over 14,100 applications submitted to UCM. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UCM SAT Scores: 1340 - 1690
  • UCM ACT Scores: 18 - 24
  • UCM Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into University of California-Merced?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of University of California-Merced is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of California-Merced has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 90.7%
  • 2009-2010: 91.3%
  • 2010-2011: 88.6%
  • 2011-2012: 80.0%
  • 2012-2013: 75.5%
  • Projected UCM Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 81.9%

How Does UCM Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of California-Merced is thirty-six percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
California State University-Stanislaus72.2%
Fresno Pacific University78.4%
University of the Pacific72.7%
Santa Clara University51.2%
California State University-Monterey Bay44.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UCM (Fall 2012)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading440 - 550
Math460 - 590
Writing440 - 550
Total Score1340 - 1690
ACT®Score Range
English17 - 23
Math19 - 25
Composite Score18 - 24
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