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admission requirements

first year (freshmen)

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • UC-calculated GPA of 3.0 or above (nonresident: 3.4)

Required Examinations

ACT with Writing or SAT with Essay

A minimum of 15 yearlong high school courses (“a-g”):

a. History/social science – 2 years required

b. English – 4 years required

c. Mathematics – 3 years required, 4 years recommended

d. Laboratory science – 2 years required, 3 years recommended

e. Language other than English – 2 years required, 3 years recommended

f. Visual and performing arts – 1 year required

g. College-preparatory elective – 1 year required


Minimum Junior-Level Requirements

  • Complete at least 60 semester (90 quarter) units of UC-transferable units by the end of the spring term prior to fall enrollment
  • Earn at least a 2.4 GPA in UC-transferable courses (nonresident: 2.8)**
  • Take no more than 14 semester (21 quarter) units as Pass/Not Pass
  • Complete the 7-course pattern by the end of the spring term prior to fall enrollment, earning a C or better in each course
  • Complete the courses required for your major

Minimum Lower-Division Requirements

  • Enrollment at a college or university after high school graduation and fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) UC-transferable units completed prior to enrollment at UC Merced
  • Meet requirements for the University of California upon high school graduation (required GPA, examinations and all “a-g” courses)
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all UC-transferable coursework (nonresident: 2.8)**
  • Complete the courses required for your major

**Some majors require a higher GPA for admission selection.

aug. 1

Get started on your fall admission application

nov. 1-30

Submit your fall admission application

july 1-31

Submit your spring admission application

first year admission stats*

3.45 - 3.96



Admit Rate

1020 - 1270

SAT Total

17 - 25

ACT Total

transfer admission stats*

3.02 - 3.59



Admit Rate

3 out of 4

approved TAGs were admitted for the Fall 2019 semester

*Ranges represent the middle 50% of admitted students.