University of California-Merced

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,564
1.07% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$13,549
After Financial Aid
2022 Acceptance Rate
89.5%
29,920 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
9,103
98.4% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
67.5%
1,376 Graduates

About

University of California-Merced is a higher education institution located in Merced County, CA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at University of California-Merced were General Biological Sciences (316 degrees awarded), General Computer Engineering (219 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (188 degrees).

In 2022, 2,149 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of California-Merced. 56.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 43.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (1,126 degrees), 2.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (402 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Merced is $11,564, which is $−18,586 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Merced is $11,564, which is $−18,586 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,549.

In 2022, 88% of undergraduate students attending University of California-Merced received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 31% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$11,564
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at University of California-Merced was $11,564. The cost of tuition at University of California-Merced is $−18,586 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$13,549
2022 Value
16.9%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 University of California-Merced had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,549. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of University of California-Merced grew by 16.9%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,962
Room and Board
$1,073
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-Merced was of $13,962 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.89% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,073. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.48% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

88%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
31%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

88% of undergraduate students at University of California-Merced received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 3.3% with respect to 2021, when 91% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Admissions

University of California-Merced received 29,920 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 7.65% annual growth. Out of those 29,920 applicants, 26,766 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 89.5% acceptance rate.

There were 9,103 students enrolled at University of California-Merced in 2022.

University of California-Merced has an overall enrollment yield of 8.94%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

89.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
26,766
Accepted Out of 29,920

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of California-Merced was 89.5% (26,766 admissions from 29,920 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 86.6%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 7.65%, while admissions grew by 11.2%..

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Enrollment

University of California-Merced had a total enrollment of 9,103 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Merced is 8,957 students and the part-time enrollment is 146. This means that 98.4% of students enrolled at University of California-Merced are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of California-Merced, both undergraduate and graduate, is 52.3% Hispanic or Latino, 20.4% Asian, 9.74% White, 4.43% Black or African American, 3.77% Two or More Races, 0.308% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0879% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at University of California-Merced in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (30.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (25.2%) and Asian Male (13.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (12.7%), followed by White Female (10.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (10.2%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

98.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of California-Merced in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,103 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Merced is 8,957 and the part-time enrollment is 146. This means that 98.4% of students enrolled at University of California-Merced are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

82%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of California-Merced was 82%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), University of California-Merced had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    4,763 enrolled students
  2. Asian
    1,855 enrolled students
  3. White
    887 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at University of California-Merced is 52.3% Hispanic or Latino, 20.4% Asian, 9.74% White, 4.43% Black or African American, 3.77% Two or More Races, 0.308% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0879% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 107 students (1.18%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 273 more women than men received degrees from University of California-Merced. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of California-Merced is hispanic or latino (1,126 degrees awarded). There were 2.8 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (402 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of California-Merced is General Biological Sciences (316 degrees awarded), followed by General Computer Engineering (219 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (188 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at University of California-Merced, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering (501 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (95 degrees), and Biology (340 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of California-Merced are Other managers (720,342 people), Software developers (546,681 people), Physicians (543,279 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (431,697 people), and Postsecondary teachers (397,550 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Merced in 2022 are Engineering (501 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (95 degrees), Biology (340 degrees), Psychology (335 degrees), and Social Sciences (280 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of California-Merced are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Physicians, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at University of California-Merced are Engineering (501 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (95 degrees), Biology (340 degrees), Psychology (335 degrees), and Social Sciences (280 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of California-Merced are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (882,649 people), Elementary & secondary schools (831,766 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (830,633 people), Computer Systems Design (735,651 people), and Architectural, engineering & related services (531,652 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Merced are Engineering (501 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (95 degrees), Biology (340 degrees), Psychology (335 degrees), and Social Sciences (280 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of California-Merced.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 316 degrees awarded
  2. 219 degrees awarded
  3. 188 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of California-Merced was General Biological Sciences with 316 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

938
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,211
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 938 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Merced, which is 0.775 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,211).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 185 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Merced in General Computer Engineering, which is 5.44 times more than the 34 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 215 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Merced in General Biological Sciences, which is 2.13 times more than the 101 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

45%
100% Completion Time
69%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 45% of students graduating from University of California-Merced completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 69% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 71% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at University of California-Merced is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.363% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    1,126 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    402 degrees awarded
  3. White
    235 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of California-Merced is hispanic or latino (1,126 degrees awarded). There were 2.8 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (402 degrees).

0.651% of degree recipients (14 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    701 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    425 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Male
    212 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of California-Merced is hispanic or latino female (701 degrees awarded). There were 1.65 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (425 degrees).

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Operations

University of California-Merced employs 153 Lecturers, 105 Professors and 103 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of California-Merced are Male Lecturer (80), Female Lecturer (73), and Male Professor (62).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Merced are: Business and Financial Operations, with 230 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 201 employees, and Service with 199 employees.

Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $14.4M - Federal
  2. $29.9M - State
  3. $330k - Local

As of 2022, University of California-Merced received $14.4M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $29.9M from state grants and contracts, and $330k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$186M
2022 Salaries
6.97%
growth from 2021

In 2022, University of California-Merced paid a median of $186M in salaries, a 6.97% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$53.4M
Instructional Salaries
449
Number of Employees

In 2022, University of California-Merced paid a total of $53.4M to 449 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Lecturer
Most Common Instructor
153 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
230 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of California-Merced were Lecturer with 153 employees, Professor with 105 employees, and Assistant professor with 103 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Merced were Business and Financial Operations with 230 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 201 employees, and Service with 199 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Lecturer
  2. Female Lecturer
  3. Male Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of California-Merced was Male Lecturer with 80 employees, Female Lecturer with 73 employees, and Male Professor with 62 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at University of California-Merced.

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