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"Everyone always talks about choosing the right college for you, but UC Merced chose me. After being invited to Bobcat Day and meeting the amazing staff and friendly tablers, accepting my offer from UCM just felt right - it was one of those rare moments where you know with your whole self that the choice you're making is the right one. That day marked the start of the most amazing four years, and I'm proud to be a UC Merced Bobcat!"
Vanessa Estavillo | Assistant Principal, Rocketship Mosaic Elementary | UC Merced Alumna '14 



UC Merced's Count Me In Program

Congratulations!  You are personally invited to participate in the Count Me In program, exclusively offered at the University of California, Merced. 

This means you can be considered for admission to UC Merced. You can start your UC journey at one of the fastest-growing research universities in the nation, ranked in the top 100 (and No. 28 among public universities) by U.S. News and World Report. Accepting this invitation will not affect your waitlist or appeal status at other UC campuses.

What is Count Me In?

The University of California provides a world-class education, and we are committed to ensuring enrollment opportunities for transfer students who may qualify. As a result, UC Merced provides an invitation-only program for UC applicants who have not gained admission to campuses to which they have applied, offering them the opportunity to be considered for admission to UC Merced.

Next Steps

Now that you have been invited to the Count Me In program, here are the next steps.

  • Submit the Count Me In form.
  • Verify your invitation to the program using application information.
  • Choose your major, agree to conditions and submit your acceptance.
  • Add UC Merced to your FASFA or DREAM ACT application.
  • Wait for your admission decision.
  • Research housing and student program options.
  • Wait for financial aid award information (if applicable).
  • Compare your other options.
  • Decide that UC Merced is Paw-fect!
  • Commit by submitting your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by the deadline that will be provided upon admission.
  • Visit UC Merced!

Important Dates

  • Submit the Count Me In form by the date listed on your email invitation.
  • Our Admissions team will notify you of whether you have been provisionally admitted with enough time to make a decision, typically within 2 to 3 weeks after you have submitted your response.

If you choose to participate and received a non-passing grade or will not be completing courses you listed as in-progress or planned during this academic year, notify our office by visiting the Connect app and selecting My Course Updates once you have access (after admission). You will be notified you have access to Connect via an email message confirming that we have received your application and providing instructions on how to claim your UC Merced ID.


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Add UC Merced to your FAFSA or CADAA
Our FAFSA Code is 041271

Frequently Asked Questions 

Have questions? Read our Count Me In FAQs. View Transfer Student FAQs here
Need to speak with an Admissions Representative about your CMI offer? Email us at or call us at (209) 228-7178.


Do You Know that UC Merced is...

#15 in the Nation - #15 among all U.S. Universities - Wall Street Journal 2023

#28 among U.S. public universities - 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings

#60 among all U.S. universities - 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings


These are just a few highlights of our most recent accolades that demonstrate our continued upward trajectory in delivering world-class instruction, hands-on research, and innovation opportunities that take you beyond the classroom.

 You can view more of our national rankings here.   Learn more about UC Merced in our digital brochure Explore UC Merced.


Submit your Count Me In form, today!