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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,096 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
N/A Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Enrolled Students
44% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
231 Graduates

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The median in-state tuition at Merced College is $1,104, which is $2,118 less than the national median in-state tuition of $3,222. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $6,096, which is 552% of the cost for in-state students, and is $840 less than the national median out-of-state tuition of $6,936.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,842.

In 2016, 74% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 0% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Merced College has a total enrollment of 10,750 students. The full-time enrollment at Merced College is 4,725 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,025. This means that 44% of students enrolled at Merced College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Merced College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 60.5% Hispanic or Latino, 21.5% White, 9.6% Asian, 3.31% Black or African American, 2.92% Two or More Races, 0.4% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.37% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Merced College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (15.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (11%) and White Female (4.93%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A N/A (N/A), followed by N/A N/A (N/A) and N/A N/A (N/A).

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In 2016, 263 more women than men graduated from Merced College. The majority of students graduating from Merced College are Hispanic or Latino. These 776 graduates mean that there were 2.2 times more Hispanic or Latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 352 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Merced College is General Social Sciences with 163 graduates, followed by General Psychology with 162 graduates and General Business Administration & Management with 78 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Merced College, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Agriculture, with 75 graduates, followed by Psychology with 162 graduates and Social Sciences with 182 graduates.


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Merced College has an endowment valued at nearly $6.82M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $105,192 (1.54%), compared to the 0.69% average return ($21,444 on $3.12M) across all Associate's Colleges.

In 2015, Merced College had a total expenditure of $97.7M. Of that $97.7M, they spent $35.7M on salaries and $21.5M on benefits.

Merced College employs 197 Instructors, N/A N/A, and N/A N/A. Most academics at Merced College are Female Instructors (109), Male Instructors (88), and N/A N/A (N/A).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Merced College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 89 employees, Management, with 47 employees, and Service with 41 employees.



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