Admissions Checklist FAQ

Admissions Checklist FAQ

ADMITTED STUDENTS REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Frequently Asked Questions

If your required checklist items have been sent to the Admissions Office, you can see the received dates in "MyChecklist" on your UC Merced portal.  Please allow time for transcripts and test scores to be received and processed. The Admissions Office will update your checklist within 2 business days of receipt.  If your items are not showing as received, you may contact the Office of Admissions at (209) 228-6994.

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Required Final College Transcript(s)

Required transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office by colleges and universities you attended or be delivered in sealed, unopened envelopes from those institutions. Complete transcripts must be received by the deadline listed. When requirements are fulfilled, you will see a received date posted on your portal page.

TIP: If you have already completed all coursework at colleges and universities listed on your checklist, contact those institutions now to have the required official transcript(s) sent as soon as possible.

Final official transcripts should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
University of California, Merced
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343-5603

*NEW! If your school participates in Parchment Exchange, you can now send UC Merced your transcripts electronically through their website. Parchment Exchange is currently the only method by which the Office of Admissions can receive transcripts electronically.

If you have questions about this process, contact the Office of Admissions at 209-228-7178 or call admissions@ucmerced.edu.

To view a complete listing of documents received, click on the MyAdmissions link on your portal page. If you did not complete coursework at a school listed in your checklist or you will not be able to send the required transcript, contact the Admissions Office by emailing admissions@ucmerced.edu or calling (209) 228-6994.

NOTE: Official transcripts with "in progress" work for terms prior to your first term at UC Merced are considered incomplete transcripts. Students must submit final official transcripts with all completed terms by the posted deadline. Fall applicants enrolled for summer terms must have additional transcripts sent as soon as grades become available. Summer terms must end prior to the first day of the fall term at UC Merced or credit will not be awarded.

Required High School Transcript(s)

Required high school transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office by institution(s) you attended or be delivered in sealed, unopened envelopes from those institutions. Final official transcripts must be received by the deadline listed. When requirements are fulfilled, you will see a received date posted on your portal page.

TIP: If you have already completed all coursework at institution(s) listed on your checklist, contact those institutions now to have the required official transcript(s) sent as soon as possible.

Final official transcripts should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
University of California, Merced
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343-5603

*NEW! If your school participates in Parchment Exchange, you can now send UC Merced your transcripts electronically through their website. Parchment Exchange is currently the only method by which the Office of Admissions can receive transcripts electronically.

If you have questions about this process, contact the Office of Admissions at 209-228-7178 or call admissions@ucmerced.edu.

To view a complete listing of documents received, click on the MyAdmissions link on your portal page. If you did not complete coursework at a school listed in your checklist or you will not be able to send the required transcript, contact the admissions office by emailing admissions@ucmerced.edu or calling (209) 228-6994.

NOTE: Final official high school transcripts must include a date of graduation. If transcripts are received without a date of graduation they will be considered incomplete transcripts and students will be required to request an official transcript.

High school transcripts received with "in progress" work will be considered incomplete transcripts. Students will be required to request a complete final official transcript.

Official Advanced Placement Exam Scores

Required Advanced Placement exam scores must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the College Board or be delivered in a sealed, unopened envelope. Do not send the personal copy of your Advanced Placement scores to the UC Merced Admissions Office. The Admissions Office will not be able to award credit from the student grade report.

Final official Advanced Placement exam scores must be received in the Admissions Office by the posted deadline. To have your scores sent, visit the College Board website and request to send your scores to the University of California: Merced (school code 4129).

NOTE: After 4 years, the College Board archives Advanced Placement exam scores. Archived scores may take several months from the date of your request to reach UC Merced, so make sure to request archived scores well in advance of posted deadlines.

TIP: When requesting your scores, be sure to indicate ALL test dates and exams taken. Check your copies of the student score reports you receive to make certain you indicated the correct code for UC Merced. AP exams taken in your senior year are sometimes not received until late July. All first year students will see an AP score item display on their checklist. If you did not take an AP or IB exam you are not required to submit test scores.

Official International Baccalaureate Exam Scores

Required International Baccalaureate transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the International Baccalaureate organization or be delivered in a sealed, unopened envelope. Final official International Baccalaureate exam scores should be received by the Admissions Office by the posted deadline. To have your scores sent, visit the International Baccalaureate website: http://www.ibo.org/iba/transcripts/index.cfm and request to send your transcript to the University of California, Merced:

Office of Admissions
University of California, Merced
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343-5603

Official ACT plus Writing Assessment, SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Test Scores

Required official exam scores for ACT plus Writing Assessment or SAT Reasoning Test must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the testing agencies. Additionally, if you took SAT Subject Tests to show your mastery of academic subject areas, these scores must be sent by the College Board. Final official scores must be received by the posted deadline. When requirements are fulfilled, you will see a received date posted on your portal checklist page.

To request your ACT scores, visit the following link http://www.actstudent.org/scores/send and request to have your scores sent to the University of California, Merced (school code 0450).

To request to have your SAT Reasoning and SAT subject Test scores sent, visit the following link http://sat.collegeboard.com/scores/send-sat-scores and request to have your scores sent to the University of California, Merced (school code 4129).

TIP: Applicants are advised not to use Score Choice when sending their scores to the University of California. Exercising the score choice option may prevent UC Merced from receiving all of your official scores.

Entry Level Writing Requirement

The Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) is a graduation requirement for the University of California. It can be satisfied with a qualifying score on the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) offered to all admitted freshmen on the second Saturday of May. Alternatively, students may satisfy ELWR by achieving a qualifying score on one of several other examinations:

  • 30 or better on the ACT, English Language Arts; or
  • 30 or better on the ACT, Combined English/Writing (last administered June 2015); or
  • 680 or better on the College Board SAT Reasoning Test, Writing (last administration January 2016); or
  • 3 or above on either Advanced Placement Examination in English; or
  • 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Higher Level English A1 exam); or
  • 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Standard Level English A1 exam); or
  • 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Language and Literature exam; or
  • 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Language and Literature exam
     

*UCOP has not yet voted about how the new SAT can be used to satisfy ELWR, so at the moment, scores earned on the SAT taken March 2016 or later do not satisfy ELWR.

For more information about the AWPE exam visit: http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/

The ELWR must be satisfied within the first year of enrollment at UC, preferably by the end of the first semester. UC Merced encourages students to satisfy this requirement by taking an approved college course during summer prior to enrollment. You can enroll in Writing 001 at UC Merced or earn a minimum grade of C or better in a UC-transferable English composition course completed at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and accepted by UC Merced’s Admissions Office.

If you have not completed the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam and need to satisfy the ELWR. The exam will be administered the morning of the second Saturday in May (13th), at testing centers throughout the state. We encourage to take the examination as soon as possible.

If you are not able to complete the exam on May 13, UC Merced offers on-campus placement options. These dates will be posted in mid-April.

For more information about the testing location, please see our campus map.

To participate, you should send an email to writingprogram@ucmerced.edu by Wednesday, June 15. Your identification plus a printed waiver, with paid receipt or fee, is required and should be provided at the time of the exam. More information about your payment is available at www.awpe.org/candidate

In early April, students will receive a letter directing them to the test center at which they must take the test.

TIP: Prior to your admission term, you can satisfy the ELWR by taking a California Community College course identified as one that satisfies IGETC Area 1A in the articulation database at www.assist.org. You must earn a minimum grade of C or better and complete the course prior to your admission term to satisfy ELWR.

Any student who has not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) should work with an academic adviser during orientation to register for an appropriate writing course. For more information, visit admissions.ucmerced.edu/checklist-faq#ELWR.

Official TOEFL and IELTS Exam Scores

Required TOEFL or IELTS Examination scores must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the sending institutions. The scores must be received by the applicable deadline. When requirements are fulfilled, you will see a received date posted on your portal page.

To request TOEFL exam scores, visit the following link: www.ets.org/toefl and to request IELTS exam scores, visit the following link: www.ielts.org. Request to have scores sent to the University of California, Merced at:

Office of Admissions
University of California, Merced
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343-5603