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First Year: Apply for Admission

How to Apply

When to Apply

You can start to work on your fall admission application on Aug. 1. The priority filing period is Nov. 1-30. More application dates and deadlines are on the University of California Admissions website.

Aug. 1
Get started on your fall admission application
Nov. 1-30
Submit your admission application for the fall semester
July. 1-31
Submit your admission application for the spring semester

Application Fees

The nonrefundable $70 application fee entitles you to apply to one UC campus. The fee for international students is $80. Fee waivers are available to students who qualify. 

Qualifying for a Fee Waiver

The University of California will waive application fees for up to four campuses for qualified students who otherwise would be unable to apply for admission. Students who qualify for fee waivers and who select more than four campuses must pay $70 for each additional campus choice. To be accepted for the fee waiver program, you must meet specific requirements related to your family income and size.

You can apply for a fee waiver within the online application and be notified immediately whether you have qualified.

Need Help or Have Questions?

UC Merced Office of Undergraduate Admissions

UC Merced Graduate Division