A Partnership in Creating Pathways to Success in the Journey from High School to Higher Ed in the Central Valley
The University of California, Merced, have partnered with several school districts and schools to create an academic pathway for their students that when satisfied, the student is guaranteed admission* to UC Merced.
Bear Valley USD
Chowchilla Union High School
District Colton USD
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified
Dos Palos-Oro Loma JUSD
Golden Plains High School
Kings Canyon USD
Downtown Magnets High School
Le Grande Union High School
Los Banos USD
Mariposa County USD
Modesto City Schools
Mountain View Los Altos UHSD
Sacramento City USD
San Ramon USD
What Majors Are Available?
Your students can elect any major of their choice when applying to UC Merced on the Fall 2025 University of California Undergraduate Application for Admission & Scholarships during the October 1- November 30 priority filing period. There are currently no selective majors at the first year (freshmen) level. MAAP applicants are guaranteed undergraduate admission to UC Merced as long as they continue to meet the MAAP criteria.
The guarantee doesn't apply to nor will it affect an applicant's chances for scholarships or selective student support programs (i.e. Fiat Lux or B.S. to M.D. Program/Prime+).
UC Merced Admissions will notify MUHSD and DUSD at least one year in advance of a major becoming selective.
Also, students can still be eligible for the guarantee by applying for an alternate non-selective major and meeting the departments’ requirements for changing into that major in the future.
When do students apply?
High school junior students will submit their application to participate in the guaranteed admissions program by June 1, during the summer before their senior year. Students will be notified to submit their UC application by November 30. Program participants will be prioritized in the application review process and notified of their admissions in February.
Recommended Program Criteria for:
Fall 2024 Admission
Submit the Merced Automatic Admission Program (MAAP) Application by June 1, before the start of your senior year.
Complete 15 yearlong A-G courses required for freshman UC admission with a weighted GPA of 3.5.
By the end of a student’s junior spring term:
Complete three of the four years of Area B (English); Complete Area C (Math).
- Complete and submit the University of California Undergraduate Application for Admission & Scholarships during the October 1 - November 30 priority filing period.
Next Steps and Maintaining Your MAAP Guaranteed Admission Eligibility
To fulfill the requirements for Fall 2025 admission, you must:
- Complete and submit the University of California Undergraduate Application for Admission & Scholarships during the priority filing period of October 1 - November 30, 2024. You can access the application at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply.
- Complete all required UC approved A-G courses during your senior year with a weighted GPA of 3.5, with no grade lower than a “C”.
You may select any major of your choice when applying to UC Merced on the University of California Undergraduate Application for Admission & Scholarships during the October 1 - November 30, 2024 priority filing period.
Maintain Your Good Grades to Ensure MAAP Eligibility:
It is imperative that you maintain your current level of academic performance throughout your senior year or your admission to UC Merced could be jeopardized. If you have difficulty in your senior year, we encourage you to contact the Office of Admissions at (209) 228-7178 or email email@example.com to receive advising to maintain your eligibility.