First Year Student Admissions FAQ

First Year Student Admissions FAQ

1. How do I check the status of my application?

You will receive an acknowledgment email that will notify you when you can begin checking your admissions status.

2. Who do I contact if I want to take a tour of UCMerced?

Come visit us! Schedule a tour led by one of our friendly student tour guides.

3. How can I get in touch with an Admissions counselor?

You can reach us at or call (209) 228-7178.

4. When can I apply to UC Merced?

The filing period for admission to UC Merced is Nov. 1 through 30 every year for the following fall semester. The filing period for the spring semester is July 1 through 31. Visit our apply page for more information.

5. What are UC Merced's school codes?

UC Merced’s ACT code is 0450 and College Board Code is 4129. Our financial aid code is 041271. Our financial aid website offers helpful resources on financing your education.

6. When will acceptance notices be sent out?

Students will be notified of admission decisions for the fall semester beginning in March.

7. Can I earn credit at UC Merced by taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams?

Depending on your major, you may be able to earn credit for a score of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement tests. For more information on Advanced Placement credit, reference the UC Merced General Catalog.

8. When do I apply for financial aid?

The filing period for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is October 1 through March 2 every year for the following fall semester. Since financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, students are encouraged to apply early in the filing period. At UC Merced, your FAFSA application also serves as your scholarship application. Students do not have to fill out more than a single form to apply for both local and federal funding.

9. Can I change my major after I apply to UC Merced?

Incoming “First Year” students will be assigned an academic advisor who will assist with this question.  Prior to course registration, which typically takes place in Mid-late June, the student’s academic advisor will send an email to confirm the student’s intended major.  If a student is interested in changing their major, they will do so via this email, using a webform provided by the academic advisor.  For additional details please contact the Students First Center at 209-228-7178. 

10. Why Can't I use VISA card to pay my SIR on Epay?

The university's current contract with VISA does not allow us to offer online payment options with the terms and condition identical to MasterCard, Discover and American Express card. To comply with this contractual obligation we are unable to accept VISA as a payment option for enrollment-related fees on Epay.

Will I be able to graduate in 4 years?

There are many factors that contribute to the time it takes for an individual to graduate; including but not limited to: major, study habits and time management skills, major changes, etc. For more information about graduation rates, visit this link.