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 9,700 students are enrolled at University of California-Merced.

The majority of students that got into University of California-Merced had an SAT score between 1000 to 1180, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 19 to 25. 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 70% of all students which applied were admitted at UCM, and from those that were granted acceptance nearly 12% continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UCM Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of California-Merced was reported as 72.0% in Fall 2020 with over 25,400 college 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 ACT Scores: 19 - 25
  • 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 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of California-Merced has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 74.2%
  • 2017-2018: 68.6%
  • 2018-2019: 66.2%
  • 2019-2020: 72.0%
  • Projected UCM Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 65.1%

How Does UCM Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of California-Merced is twenty-seven percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Fresno Pacific University66.1%
University of the Pacific65.6%
Santa Clara University48.8%
California State University-Monterey Bay75.3%
Saint Marys College of California81.0%

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 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UCM (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading500 - 590
Math500 - 590
Total Score1000 - 1180
ACT®Score Range
English17 - 22
Math18 - 24
Composite Score19 - 25
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