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Fast Facts 2017-18

Students by Class Level

 

 

Level Number Percent
 
Undergraduate 7,375 92.5%
 
Graduate 592 7.5%
Total 7,967 100%

 

The campus's interdisciplinary learning model appeals to the current generation of college students.

The campus's interdisciplinary learning model appeals to the current generation of college students.

 


Undergraduate Students by School

 

 

School Number Percent
 
Engineering 1,990 27%
 
Natural Sciences 2,142 29%
 
Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts 2,857 39%
 
Undeclared 386 5%
Total 7,375 100%
Graduate and undergraduate students are conducting some of the most cutting-edge research of our time, including stem cells, artificial intelligence and renewable energy.

Graduate and undergraduate students are conducting some of the most cutting-edge research of our time, including stem cells, artificial intelligence and renewable energy.

 


Undergraduate Students by Ethnicity

 

 

Ethnicity Number Percent
 
African-American 340 4.6%
 
Asian/Pacific Islander 1,512 20.5%
 
Hispanic 3,928 53.3%
 
Native American 12 <1.0%
 
White 755 10.2%
 
Nonresidents 545 7.4%
 
Two or More Races 240 3.3%
 
Unknown/Declined to State 43 <1.0%
Total 7,375 100%
UC Merced leads the UC system in the percentage of students from underrepresented ethnic groups, low-income families and families whose parents did not attend college.

UC Merced leads the UC system in the percentage of students from underrepresented ethnic groups, low-income families and families whose parents did not attend college.

 


Undergraduate Students by Gender

 

 

Gender Number Percent
 
Male 3,580 48.5%
 
Female 3,759 51%
 
Unknown 36 0.5%
Total 7,375 100%
The campus welcomed more than 2,200 first-year students for the 2016-17 academic year.

The campus welcomed more than 2,400 first-year students for the 2017-18 academic year. 

 


Undergraduate Students by Geographic Region

Most UC Merced students are Californians. Of the total undergraduate population of 7,375 students, less than one percent are from out of state or from a foreign country.

 

California

 
Region
 
Los Angeles
 
Sacramento Area
 
San Francisco Bay Area
 
San Joaquin Valley
 
Other California counties

 


About the Campus

UC Merced is the 10th campus in the University of California system and the first American research university of the 21st century. Interdisciplinary innovation, diversity, sustainability and personal interactions are the hallmarks of the UC Merced experience.

Milestones

  • 1988 — Authorized by California legislature
  • 2004 — Opened for graduate students
  • 2005 — Opened for undergraduate students

Schools

Planned Schools

  • School of Management
  • School of Medicine

Research Institutes

UC Merced has integrated education and research programs focused on building a sustainable environment.
 

Research Expenditures for Research by Fiscal Year1

Fiscal Year Amount (in millions)
FY 2016-17 $24.7
Cumulative (since 2005) $185
 
To date, university faculty members have attracted more than 83.6 million in research grants. An additional 26 million in other awards has been awarded for nonresearch activities.

At UC Merced, research isn’t limited to labs with beakers and microscopes.

 
 

Giving2

$4.6 million in FY 2016-17

$123.2 million cumulative

Sources of Private Support

 

 

Source Percent
 
Corporations/Foundations 62%
 
Individuals 22%
 
Other Non-Profits 16%

Designated Purposes of Private Support

 

 

Purpose Percent
 
Campus Improvement/Other Purposes 25%
 
Instruction/Departmental Support 14%
 
Other Purposes  
 
Research 34%
 
Student Support 25%
 
Unrestricted 2%
 

Faculty and Staff3 

  Number
Ladder-Rank Faculty 233
Lecturers (Includes Senate and Non-Senate) 159
Other Academic Appointments 107
Full- and Part-Time Staff (Does not include student employees) 1,038
Total 1,537
 

Degrees Awarded

Fiscal Year Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
2005-06 1 1 0
2006-07 52 1 0
2007-08 77 2 0
2008-09 279 10 1
2009-10 350 20 15
2010-11 401 19 8
2011-12 642 23 19
2012-13 864 11 25
2013-14 1,050 15 41
2014-15 1,057 33 30
2015-16 1,161 38 37
Totals 7,230 202 248
 

Economic Impact4 (as of August 2017)

Payroll & Expenditures Amount
Monthly Payroll $15.4 million
Total Expenditures Since 2000 — San Joaquin Valley $1.6 billion
Total Expenditures Since 2000 — California $2.9 billion
 

Sources

1 UC Merced Office of Research and Economic Development

2 UC Merced Development and Alumni Relations

3 UC Merced Human Resources and Academic Personnel Office

4 UC Merced Business and Administrative Services. Total expenditures include salaries, goods and construction awards.

Source for all other data is the UC Merced Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support.

Page Last Updated: November 2017