University of California-Merced

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,502
2.51% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$13,161
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
2.95%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
69.8%
22,574 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
7,967
99% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
64.4%
926 Graduates

About

University of California-Merced is a higher education institution located in Merced County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of California-Merced were General Biological Sciences (293 degrees awarded), General Psychology (227 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (145 degrees).

In 2017, 1,410 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of California-Merced. 52.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.1% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were hispanic or latino (627 degrees), 1.86 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (338 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Merced is $11,502, which is $-14,998 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Merced is $11,502, which is $-14,998 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,161.

In 2017, 89% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 50% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,502
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at University of California-Merced was $11,502. The cost of tuition at University of California-Merced is $-14,998 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$13,161
2017 Value
2.78%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 University of California-Merced had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,161. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of University of California-Merced grew by 2.78%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,653
Room and Board
$1,444
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-Merced was of $11,653 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,444. The cost of room and board increased by 3.17% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.05% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

89%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
50%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

89% of undergraduate students at University of California-Merced received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 2.3% with respect to 2016, when 87% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.95%
2016 Default Rate
35
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at University of California-Merced was 2.95%, which represents 35 out of the 1188 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of California-Merced received 22,574 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 8.07% annual growth. Out of those 22,574 applicants, 15,754 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 69.8% acceptance rate.

There were 7,967 students enrolled at University of California-Merced in 2017, and 94% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of California-Merced has an overall enrollment yield of 14.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

69.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
15,754
Accepted Out of 22,574

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of California-Merced was 69.8% (15,754 admissions from 22,574 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 74.2%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 8.07%, while admissions grew by 1.69%.

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SAT Scores

94%
Submission Percentage
2,150
Scores Submitted

94% of enrolled first-time students at University of California-Merced in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of California-Merced has a total enrollment of 7,967 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Merced is 7,886 students and the part-time enrollment is 81. This means that 99% 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 50.6% Hispanic or Latino, 19.1% Asian, 11.8% White, 4.44% Black or African American, 3.24% Two or More Races, 0.665% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.151% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at University of California-Merced in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (29.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (23.7%) and Asian Male (11.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (16.5%), followed by White Female (14.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (9.17%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

99%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of California-Merced, both undergraduate and graduate, is 7,967 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Merced is 7,886 and the part-time enrollment is 81. This means that 99% of students enrolled at University of California-Merced are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

81%
2017 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 81%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), 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
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    4,033
  2. Asian
    1,519
  3. White
    938

The enrolled student population at University of California-Merced is 50.6% Hispanic or Latino, 19.1% Asian, 11.8% White, 4.44% Black or African American, 3.24% Two or More Races, 0.665% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.151% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 57 students (0.715%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 82 more women than men received degrees from University of California-Merced. The majority of degree recipients at University of California-Merced are hispanic or latino (627 degrees awarded). There were 1.86 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (338 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of California-Merced is General Biological Sciences (293 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (227 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (145 degrees).

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 Biology (305 degrees awarded), Engineering (257 degrees), and Psychology (231 degrees).

Workforce

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 (678,391 people), Physicians (542,343 people), Software developers (429,102 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (411,687 people), and Postsecondary teachers (382,141 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Merced are Biology (305 degrees awarded), Engineering (257 degrees), Psychology (231 degrees), Physical Sciences (61 degrees), and Social Sciences (214 degrees).

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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 Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at University of California-Merced are Biology (305 degrees awarded), Engineering (257 degrees), Psychology (231 degrees), Physical Sciences (61 degrees), and Social Sciences (214 degrees).

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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 (845,559 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (812,648 people), Elementary & secondary schools (785,299 people), Computer Systems Design (625,997 people), and Architectural, engineering & related services (485,572 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Merced are Biology (305 degrees awarded), Engineering (257 degrees), Psychology (231 degrees), Physical Sciences (61 degrees), and Social Sciences (214 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 293 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 227 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 145 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of California-Merced was General Biological Sciences with 293 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 664
  2. 746

In 2017, 664 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Merced, which is 0.89 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (746).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 120 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Merced in General Biological Sciences, which is 0.694 times less than the 173 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 173 degrees were awarded to women at University of California-Merced in General Biological Sciences, which is 1.44 times more than the 120 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

5%
100% Completion Time
66%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 5% 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, 66% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 68% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

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 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 (68.1%).

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, 0.54% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    627 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    338 degrees awarded
  3. White
    218 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of California-Merced is hispanic or latino (627 degrees awarded). There were 1.86 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (338 degrees).

0.922% of degree recipients (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    370 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    257 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Male
    176 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of California-Merced is hispanic or latino female (370 degrees awarded). There were 1.44 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (257 degrees).

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Operations

University of California-Merced has an endowment valued at nearly $11.3M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.84M (34.1%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, University of California-Merced had a total salary expenditure of $N/A. University of California-Merced employs 121 Lecturers, 107 Assistant professors, and 66 Associate professors. Most academics at University of California-Merced are Female Lecturers (65), Male Assistant professors(59), and Male Lecturers (56).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Merced are: Business and Financial Operations, with 190 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 154 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 146 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$11.3M
2017 Endowment
19.4%
growth from 2016

University of California-Merced has an endowment valued at about $11.3M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of University of California-Merced grew 19.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $275M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $19.1M - Federal
  2. $1.29M - State
  3. $88k - Local

As of 2017, University of California-Merced received $19.1M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.29M from state grants and contracts, and $88k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$126M
2017 Salaries
11.3%
growth from 2016

In 2017, University of California-Merced paid a median of $126M in salaries, which represents NaNM% of their overall expenditure ($N/A) and a 11.3% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.89% growth from 2015 and a 16% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$33.6M
Instructional Salaries
352
Number of Employees

In 2017, University of California-Merced paid a total of $33.6M to 352 employees working as instructors, which represents 26.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $61.3M (31.9%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Lecturer
Most Common Instructor
121 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
190 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of California-Merced were Lecturer with 121 employees; Assistant professor with 107 employees; and Assistant professor with 66 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Merced were Business and Financial Operations with 190 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 154 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 146 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Lecturer
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Male Lecturer

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of California-Merced was Female Lecturer with 65 employees, Male Assistant professor with 59 employees, and Male Lecturer with 56 employees.

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