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First Year: Admission Requirements

Fall 2021 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.

    *The University of California (UC) has suspended letter grade requirements for A-G courses completed in spring 2020. Courses completed during this time with Pass (P) or Credit (CR) grades will satisfy appropriate A-G requirements.

    SAT/ACT Test Scores

    UC Merced will not consider SAT or ACT scores for admission or scholarship purposes through Spring 2025.

    If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, they may be used to determine your eligibility for the California statewide admissions guarantee, as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after you enroll.

    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.