UC Merced

Established 2005

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Welcome to UC Merced

UC Merced opened Sept. 5, 2005, as the 10th campus in the University of California system and the first American research university of the 21st century. Situated near Yosemite National Park, the campus significantly expands access to the UC system for students throughout the state, with a special mission to increase college-going rates among students in the San Joaquin Valley. It also serves as a major base of advanced research, a model of sustainable design and construction, and a stimulus to economic growth and diversification throughout the region.

About the University

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Admission Requirements

  • GPA is 3.0 or better, based on the completed “a-g” courses, as described below in calculating your GPA.
  • You have already taken the required examination or will take it by December of your senior year.
  • Either the ACT plus Writing Test OR SAT Reasoning Test

Financial Aid

There are numerous forms of aid out there. The UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan covers systemwide fees for California residents whose families earns less than $80,000 a year and qualify for financial aid. Additionally, Blue and Gold students may qualify for even more gift aid to help reduce the cost of attending.


UC Merced offers 21 majors, 22 minors and 12 graduate programs taught by more than 300 full-time faculty members, visiting professors and lecturers, who come to Merced from some of the world's top-ranked universities. The list will continue to grow as the campus reaches 10,000 students by 2020.

Undergraduate Majors

Anthropology, B.A.

Applied Mathematical Sciences, B.S.

Bioengineering, B.S.

Biological Sciences, B.S.

Chemical Sciences, B.S.

Undergraduate Minors

American Studies


Applied Mathematical Sciences


University of California, Merced

Student Life


Whitewater rafting

Women's volleyball

Women's basketball

Men's basketball

Women's soccer

Cheer squad


Chess club

Radio club

Go Cart racing

Anthropology Society club

Dance Coalition

Greek life


First year students will be assigned to live in our first year student communities: The Sierra Terraces (Mariposa and Tuolumne) and The Summits (Cathedral, Half Dome and Tenaya) halls. Continuing and transfer students will be assigned in the Valley Terraces.
My Merced

Is this school for me?

I have come to conclusion that this school is no longer the school for me. The major that I'm interested in, child development, is one that isn't offered here at UC Merced. I wanted to major in biology before but I'm no longer interested and this school is all about researching, engineering, and science so it would have been a great school to go to if I still wanted to be a nurse. Though it seems to be a really good and fun campus, but not for me.