University of California, Merced

Established 2005

Welcome to UC Merced

Explore UC Merced

Exploring 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

Admission rate — Overall


  • Admission

  • Applicants

  • California Residents (% of admission )


  • High School GPA

  • ACT Composite Score

  • SAT Critical Reading

  • SAT Mathematics

  • SAT Writing

Cost of Attendance/Financial Aid

The Cost of Attendance is just an estimate and includes ALL expenses to attend the university for one year, not just expenses paid directly to UC Merced. This includes average tuition/fees, books and supplies, room and board, personal expenses, transportation expenses, and a health insurance allowance and varies depending on whether you live on-campus, off-campus or at-home with relatives.

Financial aid packages are provided to students who meet income requirements. UC Merced is the most "giving" university in terms of financial assistance. The university is committed to making the school affordable for any student who wishes to attend.

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Undergraduate Majors

  • Bioengineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Studies

  • Biological Engineering and Small Scale Technologies
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Environmental Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
UC Merced | Academics


  • Freshmen dorms
  • On-campus housing
  • Commons cafeteria
  • Gaming room
  • Several additional dining options

Student Life/ Get Involved

The Office of Student Life Business Center is committed to providing outstanding customer service and resources for student clubs and organizations and the UC Merced community.

Want to give back to the community while learning valuable skills in the process? Civic Leadership can help you find those opportunities.

With more than 160 registered clubs and organizations, it's easy to find ways to get involved.

Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) exists to enhance the collegiate experience through leadership, scholarship, service and social development

The Margo F. Souza Student Leadership Center has many ways to help you improve your leadership skills and get involved on campus, including the Bobcat Leadership workshop series focused on skill building.

Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) is responsible for administering the student disciplinary system, promoting ethical growth and development of students involved in the discipline process, and upholding the university's standards of excellence.

Interested in educating yourself about diversity issues or want to help raise awareness and sensitivity on our campus and the local community?

Explore this area to find out more about programs like Welcome Week, Family Weekend and the Winter Formal just to name a few.

ASUCM is the undergraduate student government of UC Merced.

Women's Programs exists to provide opportunities for the UC Merced community to learn, grow and reinforce the leadership and well-being of women. .

Provides opportunities for educating yourself on issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

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Office of Student Life


After analyzing all my options I have realized that this school is definitely one to consider. It is really close to home which will assist in bringing down the costs of housing and transportation. University of California, Merced is also one of the most "giving" universities in terms of financial aid and other assistance. This UC also has the major i wish to pursue, Biochemistry. I look forward to visiting and gaining more information about this specific institution.