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First Year: Admission Requirements

Fall 2020 Requirements

First YearWe encourage all eligible students to apply. To be considered for admission to UC Merced, you must satisfy the following minimum UC Admissions requirements:

1. Academic Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • GPA of 3.0 or above (nonresident: 3.4)

    2. Course Requirements

    Complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses, with at least 11 finished prior to the beginning of your senior year. These courses must be completed with grades of C or better. Be sure that the classes you take are on your school’s “a-g" Course List. Obtain your school’s list from your counselor or University of California "a-g" Course Lists.

    Option to submit SAT/ACT test scores

    First year applicants for fall 2021-2022 have the option to submit SAT/ACT scores with their application. Applicants will not be penalized in the admission review process if they don't submit SAT/ACT scores. We don't require SAT Subject Tests, and you can use subject tests to satisfy the A-G requirements listed above. Learn more

    Paths to Admission for California Residents:

    Local Path | Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) 

    • If, when you submit your application, you discover you are designated in the top 9 percent of your class, submit an application to our campus. Being designated in the top 9 percent of your class is a characteristic UC Merced values.

    Statewide Path

    • Complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory “a-g” courses, as detailed above. Meeting the statewide path is a factor UC Merced values.

    Alternate Paths

    • Meeting the criteria for “admission by examinations alone” and “admission by exception” are alternate paths. Factors UC Merced considers in determining admission via an alternate path are discussed on the Selection Process page.