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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, MERCED, CALIFORNIA

Merced, CaliforniaLOCATION
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University of California: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Located in the San Joaquin Valley, University of California-Merced is the 10th campus operating under the University of California system. Established in 2005, the institute has quickly become a renowned name in the US Education System, just like its parent, and currently enrolls more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

The institute's area of excellence spans across its 3 schools along with 2 educational outreach centres where it offers a diverse variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that highly emphasize sustainability by practicing various reforms to enhance their campus, and thereby society. It is a site of diverse cultures and ethnicities with an international student body of nearly 8%.

Admissions at University of California-Merced are variable in 2 intakes of Fall and Spring with an approaching deadline of November 30. The institute requires an application fee of 80 USD along with the entry forms from all its aspirants. It observes an acceptance rate of around 66% and is thus, one of the moderately selective organizations when looking to study in the USA.

Rankings

  • #1 outperformance in expected graduation rates in the nation
  • #13 Best Undergraduate Teaching among public universities
  • #1 in UC for student participation in UG research and creative projects

Highlights

University TypePublic
Established2005
Campus SettingRural
Endowment55.5 million
No of programs24 majors and 25 minors
Application DeadlineNovember 30
Application Fee80 USD
Acceptance Rate66%
English language proficiency scoreTOEFL or equivalent
Financial AidAvailable as Scholarships and Awards
Official Websitewww.ucmerced.edu

Programs, Campus and Accommodation

Campus

  • University of California- Merced laid its foundation in the year 1965 and opened its gates for students in 2005.
  • The university campus has set aside 25,000 acres of grassland habitat for permanent conservation with the support of various foundations.
  • Nearly 17 buildings are there on campus and all of them are environmentally certified, making UC Merced the only American university with such certification.
  • Nearly 200 student clubs and organisations are there.

Housing Facilities/Residence

The institute provides on-campus accommodation facilities for its aspirants. Almost all the undergraduate students opt for on-campus housing options and most of the graduate students opt for off-campus accommodations.

Students are offered five residence halls and three apartment communities for on-campus accommodation in various single, double, triple, and quad type rooms. The available options can accommodate almost 30% of the students through them.

Candidates need to submit an application for housing by May 1. Note that all the housing alternatives come with basic facilities, are fully furnished and offer a variety of dining plans to choose from which provide all kinds of delicacies for its students after a hectic day at school.

Courses

The institute provides a plethora of courses for international students at both undergraduate and graduate level. It offers over 24 majors, 25 minors, 14 graduate programs in various subjects such as anthropology, chemical sciences, economics, environmental science and sustainability, history, management and business economics, philosophy, physics, public health, etc.

For Management programs, students need to submit GMAT scores and for physics the applicant is required to take the Physics GRE as well as the general program. Since 2006 UC-Merced has spent nearly 214 million USD on research expenditures.

The most popular majors offered by the university are- biomedical sciences, social science and psychology.

University of California-Merced Application Process

Application Portal: undergraduates – Applyonlineat the official website here; graduate – admission application

Application Fee: 80 USD

Application Deadline: November 30 

Basic Admission Requirements

  • High school/college GPA of entering students: UG- GPA of 3.4 or above
  • English proficiency test scores:
    • TOEFL: 550 on Paper based test or 80 on the internet-based test
    • IELTS: minimum band of 6.5
  • Supporting Documents like official transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendations
  • Statement of Purpose and personal history
  • ACT or SAT test scores for undergraduates and GMAT/GRE for graduates
  • Portfolio, work experience, resume and personal interview might also be required.

University of California-Merced Cost of Attendance

As an international aspirant hoping to enroll at the university to fulfill your dream of studying in the US, it is highly advisable that you plan the expenses required to survive an academic year in a foreign land beforehand. An estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US for your ease is as follows:

Cost ItemUndergraduate (USD)Graduate (USD)
Tuition & Fees42,53028,309
Health Insurance2,2662,970
Living Expenses17,0468,595
Books & Supplies1,0161,016
Personal Expenses1,5691,569
Transportation1,1331,133
TOTAL65,56043,592

Financial Aid for International Students

The university offers financial aid in the form of awards and scholarships for its students. Around 76% of its full-time undergraduates are offered some kind of merit- and need-based financial aid which round up to 8,873 USD.

However, the institute does not offer many scholarships for international students to study in the USA. Such students can also consider looking up for financial support from some external sources like StudyAbroad.com, StudyAbroadFunding.org, IIE Passport, Fastweb, among others.

Alumni Network

Alumni of UC Merced are offered various career and professional advancement programs, Kaplan Alumni Discounts, portfolio services, library services, etc.

A few notable alumni: Eve Delfin-Community School Manager, Oakland unified school district; J. Ryan Codgill- Associate, Curtis Legal Group; Juan Villegas- Admissions Advisor for Merced; Udaydeep Bali- owner, Bali Learning Centre.

Placements

Office of Leadership, Service and Career assists students building essential skills and experiences to shape their career goals. Students are trained by career specialists, given the opportunity to attend meetups with employers, alumni, and community leaders to enhance their professional goals.

Recent employers include: Apple, Chevron, Facebook, Tesla Motors, YouTube, Google, Vanguard, and many more. As per US News 2020 survey results, the median starting salary of the university graduate is 55,400 USD.

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University of California Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population7703
FAFSA Code041271
Application Cost$70
Accreditation ACS WASC
Average Cost of Attendance$42,530 / Year

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFLCheck Detailed Score-80- -
Reading-18--
Listening-17--
Speaking-26--
Writing-19--
IELTSCheck Detailed Score-6.5- -
Reading-6--
Listening-6--
Speaking-8--
Writing-5.5--
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score108510001170 94%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing540500580-
Mathematics545500590-
ACTCheck Detailed Score242027 58%
English201723-
Mathematics221924-

University of California Acceptance Rate

69.8%

Acceptance Rate

22574

Total Applicants

7703

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

49.3%

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50.7%

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Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program69.8%
Total Applicants10276
Total Enrolled7171
Graduate
Graduate Programs69.7%
Total Applicants763
Total Enrolled532

University of California Enrollment

Enrollment
University of California Enrollment7703
Undergraduate Enrollment7171
Graduate Enrollment532
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate63.5%

Attendance Cost

$42,530

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$42,530 / Year
Post Graduate Program$28,308 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,109 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$16,790 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$4,179 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$7,987 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$4,687 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$10,886 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$11,303 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
51214413708557
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    RANKED  #351 - #400

    Overall (International)

    RANKED  #501 - #600

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    RANKED  #501 - #600

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    RANKED  #201 - #250

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    College rating

    based on 1 student ratings

    6.8/10

    9/10academic
    6/10infrastructure
    5/10placements
    10/10faculty
    10/10extracurricular
    1/10accommodation

    Reviews

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    Stephanie, USA Political science
    University of California
    Alumna/alumnus , Batch : 2018
    6.8
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    POSITIVES I MET MY BEST FIENDS AND FUTURE COWORKERS

    Mostly because of financial aid, it was the only college I was accepted. My plan was to transfer but later I decided to stay because I had made friends connected with staff and did not want to start all over.


    Course Curriculum - 

    Well, a lot of curriculum courses did not apply to what I wanted to do. I didn't like that some were mandatory and I could not choose classes that I wanted to take especially since there were a lot of classes that were interesting but I couldn't take.

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    infrastructure
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    accomodation/food
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    5200 N. Lake Road Merced, CA 95343
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    Bus Station

    Gallo Rec and Wellness Ctr0.19 Km
    Scholars at Mammoth Lks.128.13 Km

    Book Store

    Campus Bookstore0.37 Km
    Merced College Bookstore5.38 Km
    Red Sky Comics6.53 Km
    Barnes & Noble7.84 Km

    Pharmacy

    Merced Animal Medical Center3.7 Km
    Drug Pharm Inc5.7 Km
    El Portal Pharmacy5.7 Km
    Walgreens Pharmacy6.24 Km
    Alvin Q. Vu, PharmD6.27 Km
    Diego Aguilar, PharmD6.27 Km
    Jooheon Yun, PharmD6.27 Km
    Ifeanyi V. Ntukogu, PharmD6.27 Km
    Kathy M. Bauer, PharmD6.46 Km
    Travis A. Bauer, PharmD6.46 Km
    CVS Pharmacy6.75 Km
    Daniel Carrillo, PharmD6.86 Km
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    Airport

    MERCY MEDICAL CENTER HELI-STOP4.32 Km

    Shopping Mall

    The Promenade4.54 Km
    Yosemite North Shopping Center5.12 Km
    Bus Stop5.23 Km
    College Green Shopping Center6.42 Km
    london plaza6.58 Km
    Merced Mall6.83 Km
    Sunglass Hut6.86 Km
    Bear Creek Village Shopping Center6.99 Km
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    Restaurant

    Thai Cuisine II4.54 Km
    Wingstop4.54 Km
    Port of Subs4.59 Km
    Quickly4.6 Km
    Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza4.99 Km
    Five Guys5.01 Km
    Hong Kong5.06 Km
    Sushi Cuisine5.13 Km
    Subway5.98 Km
    Little Caesars Pizza5.98 Km
    Golden Bowl6.09 Km
    Pizza Factory6.13 Km
    KFC6.43 Km
    Pizza Hut6.63 Km
    Panda Express6.98 Km
    Subway Restaurants7.07 Km
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    Super Market

    Raley's5.08 Km
    Target Grocery6.83 Km
    99 Cents Only Stores7.2 Km
    Food 4 Less7.28 Km
    Family Dollar8 Km

    Train Station

    Merced Station7.67 Km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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