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Merced Automatic Admission Program (MAAP)

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.

In the news:
Fresno Central Unified joins MAAP
Visalia Unified joins MAAP Sun Gazette
Dinuba Unified joins MAAP
Modesto Unified joins MAAP Modesto Bee
LA Times




Central Unified High School District
Chowchilla Union High School District
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified
Dinuba Unified School District
Dos Palos-Oro Loma JUSD
Golden Plains Unified School District
Los Baños Unified School District
Le Grande Union High
Madera Unified School District
Mariposa County Unified School District
Merced Union High School
Modesto City Schools
Parlier Unified School District
Sanger Unified School District
Sacramento City Unified School District
Tulare Unified School District
Visalia Unified School District


What Majors Are Available?

Your students can elect any major of their choice when applying to UC Merced on the Fall 2024 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 July 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.




Missed the MAAP webinar? Watch here.

Students in 11th grade currently on track for the University of California are invited to learn about how they participate in MAAP and receive guaranteed admissions to UC Merced before they apply for college in the fall.

Parents and guardians of students are also welcome to join this webinar to learn more about UC Merced and how students can participate in this free program that offers guaranteed admissions for students who meet the MAAP criteria.


announcement hornComing soon: We are excited to announce that additional school districts will be participating in the Merced Automatic Admission Program (MAAP) soon:  Sacramento City Unified School District. We look forward to extending this special opportunity to high school students from these districts!

Recommended Program Criteria for:
Fall 2024 Admission

  • Submit the Merced Automatic Admission Program (MAAP) Application by July 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, with no grade lower than a “C”.

  • 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.

Have Questions?

  • Students attending El Capitan, Merced, and Golden Valley High School, contact Ms. Brandee Ruiz at

  • Students attending Livingston, Atwater, and Buhach Colony High School, contact Ms. Gena Lanz at

  • Students attending Dinuba Unified, contact


Next Steps and Maintaining Your MAAP Guaranteed Admission Eligibility

To fulfill the requirements for Fall 2024 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, 2023. You can access the application at
  • 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, 2023 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 to receive advising to maintain your eligibility.