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Fast Facts 2015-16

Total Students by Class Level

undergraduate students by class level
Level Number Percent
undergraduate Undergraduate 6,237 93.3%
graduate Graduate 448 6.7%
Total 6,685 100%

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

 


Undergraduate Students by School

undergraduate students by school
School Number Percent
Engineering Engineering 1,454 23.3%
Natural Sciences Natural Sciences 1,836 29.4%
Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts 2,301 36.9%
Undeclared Undeclared 646 10.4%
Total 6,237 100%

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

 


Undergraduate Students by Ethnicity

number and percent of undergraduate students by ethnicity
Ethnicity Number Percent
African American African-American 299 4.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander Asian/Pacific Islander 1,485 23.8%
Hispanic Hispanic 3,022 48.5%
Native American Native American 14 <1.0%
White White 795 12.7%
Nonresident Alien Nonresident Alien 333 5.3%
Two or more races Two or More Races 240 3.8%
Unknown/Declined to State Unknown/Declined to State 49 <1.0%
Total 6,237 100%

UC Merced leads the UC system in the percentage (67 percent) of first-generation students whose parents did not graduate from college.

 


Undergraduate Students by Gender

number and percent of undergraduate students by gender
Gender Number Percent
Female Female 3,203 51.4%
Male Male 2,996 48%
Unknown Unknown 38 0.6%
Total 6,237 100%

Despite being limited by the amount of classroom, housing and administrative space available on campus, the campus welcomed more than 1,600 freshmen for the 2015-16 academic year. 

 


Undergraduate Students by Geographic Region

Most UC Merced students are Californians — more than one-third come from the San Joaquin Valley. Of the total undergraduate population of 6,237 students, less than one percent are from out of state or from a foreign country.

Region Number Percent
Los Angeles area 1,630 27.6%
San Joaquin Valley 1,879 28.8%
San Francisco Bay Area 1,384 21.9%
Sacramento area 410 6.3%
Other California counties 908 15.1%
Out of state/International 24 .3%
Total 6,237 100%

 


 

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.

 
 

Grant Funding for Research by Fiscal Year1

Fiscal Year Amount (in millions)
FY 2014-15 $21
FY 2013-14 $16
Cumulative (since 2003) $186.3
 

To date, university faculty members have attracted more than $186.3 million in research grants. An additional $126 million in other awards has been awarded for nonresearch activities.

 
 

Giving2

$5.15 million in FY 2014-15

Sources of Private Support

Source Percent
Corporations/Foundations 49%
Individuals 48%
Other Nonprofits 3%

Designated Purposes of Private Support

Purpose Percent
Campus Improvement .2%
Program Support 42.1%
Other Purposes 31%
Research 15.1%
Student Support 13.8%
Unrestricted 2.5%
Instruction 1.0%
 

Faculty and Staff3 (as of October 2015)

  Number
Ladder-Rank Ladder-Rank Faculty 206
Lecturers Lecturers 169
Other Academic Appointments Other Academic Appointments 136
Full- and Part-Time Staff Full- and Part-Time Staff (Does not include student employees) 994
Total 1,505
 

Degrees Awarded

Fiscal Year Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
2005-06 1 1 0
2006-07 52 1 0
2007-08 76 2 0
2008-09 280 10 1
2009-10 350 20 15
2010-11 401 19 8
2011-12 641 23 19
2012-13 862 11 25
2013-14 1,050 15 41
2014-15 1,057 33 30
Total 6,275 135 139
 

Economic Impact(as of August 2015)

Payroll & Expenditures Amount
Monthly Payroll $13.4 million
Total Expenditures Since 2000 — San Joaquin Valley $1.3 billion
Total Expenditures Since 2000 — California $2.5 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 Financial 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 2015