admissions news

application period for spring 2020 opens july 1


Few people realize that UC Merced is open to first year and transfer applications for the spring term. The application filling period for Spring 2020 begins July 1.  Decisions are made in November, and the term begins in January. This is a great opportunity for students who had alternate plans in the fall or simply did not apply for the fall. Opportunities for financial aid and housing are available in the spring. Students can apply at universityofcalifornia.edu/apply.

fall 2019 applicants and admission rates


This year, 24,591 first year students applied to UC Merced for Fall 2019. We admitted 17,570, at a 71.5% admit rate. We continue to use a point-based comprehensive review, in which 75% of the weight is given to academic factors, and 25% is given to additional factors.


There was record number of transfer applicants at 3,627. From these, we admitted 1,977, at a 54.5% admit rate.  Selection is primarily based on meeting admission eligibility and fulfilling major preparation requirements.

24,591

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
APPLIED TO UC MERCED

17,570

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
WERE ADMITTED

3,627

TRANSFER STUDENTS
APPLIED TO UC MERCED

1,977

TRANSFER STUDENTS
WERE ADMITTED