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) 228-7178.

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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 or delivered through an accepted electronic delievered transcript company. 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

To view a complete listing of documents received, review the completed section of your checklist at my.ucmerced.edu. 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) 228-7178.

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, be delivered in sealed, unopened envelopes from those institutions or delivered through an accepted electronic delivered transcript company. Final official transcripts must be received by the deadline listed. When requirements are fulfilled, the item will be markted complete in the portal checklist..

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

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.

Electronic Delivered Transcripts

UC Merced currently only accepts electronically delivered transcripts through the following methods:

Parchment Exchange

You will receive an email confirmation to the address you provided to Parchment Exchange when UC Merced receives your transcripts. This will indicate if it was considered as a final transcript or not: non-final transcripts are not reviewed. If you believe your transcript is improperly sorted please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@ucmerced.edu or call 209-228-7178.

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Please confirm with your sending institution which method they deliver electronically. If not listed above choose an option that will send a paper copy of the record.

Official Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Scores

Required Advanced Placement exam scores must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the College Board. 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.

If not listed on your checklist as a required incomplete item, AP exam scores will display in the "Completed" section if scores are received.

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 and that your personal information matches what is listed on your application. Different names and/or date of birth could delay or prevent matching to your record. If you know your scores were sent to UC Merced and they are not matching, contact us with the name the scores were sent under and we can attempt to locate the sent scores. 

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. 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. 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, SAT Reasoning Test or SAT with Essay 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.

TIP: If you have sent your scores to at least one University of California campus and they are not showing as received confirm that your personal information from the testing company matches what was included on your application. If there are any differences contact the UC Application Center and they can attempt to locate the exam 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
  • 680 or better on the SAT, Evidenced-Based REady and Writing*
  • 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
     

** UC is accepting a score of 680 or better on the SAT, Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing to satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement on a pilot basis, beginning with new students entering UC in Fall 2018. The pilot will remain in effect until a new policy is adopted by the Academic Senate.

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

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  (May 12,2018), at testing centers throughout the state; information will be sent to admitted UC students by the UC system in early Aprill regarding test registration and location. We encourage to take the examination as soon as possible.

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 refer to communications from their advisor 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