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By the Numbers

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UC Merced is the #1 public university in the nation
for percentage of undergraduates who receive need-based aid.
- U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, 2020

of UC Merced students
received financial aid in 2020-21

GPA: 3.40 - 4.0*
Admitted First Year Students

3.11 - 3.69 Transfer Students*
*Fall 2021

Financial Aid

$18,186 was the average annual gift aid offered to eligible UC Merced students*

We encourage all students to apply for financial aid and scholarships even if they don't think they will be eligible.

Learn more about affording UC Merced.

*2020-21 academic year

Financial aid at UC Merced

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Alumni Highlights

Jessica Rivas

Hometown: North Hollywood, Calif.
Year Graduated: 2015
Degree: B.A., Cognitive Science, with a minor in Anthropology
Where You Work: Yosemite National Park

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Hometown: San Diego
Year Graduated: 2012
Degree: B.A., Literature
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Hieu Do

Hometown: Westminster, Calif.
Year Graduated: 2015
Degree: B.S., Management and Business Economics with a minor in Psychology
Where You Work: Apple

Jherson Fuentes

Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.
Year Graduated: 2017
Degree: B.S., Management and Business Economics
Where You Work: Vanguard