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Total Students by Class Level

undergraduate students by class level
Level Number Percent
undergraduate Undergraduate 5,884 93.9%
graduate Graduate 384 6.1%
Total 6,268 100%

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 1,279 21.7%
Natural Sciences Natural Sciences 1,789 31.7%
Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts 2,101 35.7%
Undeclared Undeclared 715 12.2%
Total 5,884 100%

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 337 5.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander Asian/Pacific Islander 1,483 25.2%
Hispanic Hispanic 2,681 45.6%
Native American Native American 14 <1.0%
White White 831 14.1%
Nonresident Alien Nonresident Alien 230 3.9%
Two or more races Two or More Races 256 4.4%
Unknown/Declined to State Unknown/Declined to State 52 <1.0%
Total 5,884 100%

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.

 


Undergraduate Students by Gender

number and percent of undergraduate students by gender
Gender Number Percent
Female Male 2,882 48%
Male Female 3,033 51.5%
Unknown Unknown 34 0.5%
Total 5,884 100%

Despite being limited by the amount of classroom, housing and administrative space available on campus, the campus welcomed more than 1,500 freshmen for the 2014-15 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 5,837 students, less than one percent are from out of state or from a foreign country.

 

Central Valley

Region Number Percent
Inyo-Mono Inyo-Mono 0 0%
North San Joaquin Valley North San Joaquin Valley 1,463 24.9%
South San Joaquin Valley South San Joaquin Valley 398 6.8%
Sacramento-Tahoe Sacramento-Tahoe 385 6.5%
Upper Sacramento Valley Upper Sacramento Valley 9 <1.0%
Total 2,261 38.4%
 

Southern California

Region Number Percent
Los Angeles Los Angeles 1,301 22.1%
Orange County Orange County 200 3.4%
San Diego-Imperial San Diego-Imperial 270 4.6%
Inland Empire Inland Empire 301 5.1%
Total 2,072 35.2%
 

Central Coast and Northern California

undergraduate students from the central coast and northern California
Region Number Percent
San Francisco Bay Area San Francisco Bay Area 1,296 22%
Central Coast Central Coast 135 2.3%
Monterey Bay Monterey Bay 66 1.1%
North Coast North Coast 21 <1%
Superior California Superior California 13 <1%
Total 1,531 26%

 


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 2009-10 FY 2012-13 $17.3
FY 2010-11 FY 2011-12 $22.3
Cumulative since 2003 Cumulative (since 2003) $152.9
 

To date, university faculty members have attracted more than $100 million in research grants. An additional $30 million in other awards has been awarded for nonresearch activities.

 
 

Giving2

$5.1 million in FY 2013-14

Sources of Private Support

sources of private support

Source Percent
Corporations/Businesses Corporations/Foundations 72%
Individuals Individuals 22%
Other Non-Profits Other Non-Profits 6%

Designated Purposes of Private Support

purposes of private support

Purpose Percent
Campus Improvement Campus Improvement 5%
Departmental Support Departmental Support 18%
Other Purposes Other Purposes 31%
Research Research 17%
Student Support Student Support 26%
Unrestricted Unrestricted 3%
 

Faculty and Staff3 (updated April 2014)

  Number
Ladder-Rank Ladder-Rank Faculty 159
Lecturers Lecturers 168
Other Academic Appointments Other Academic Appointments 72
Full- and Part-Time Staff Full- and Part-Time Staff (Does not include student employees) 898
Total 1,297
 

Degrees Awarded4

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
 

Economic Impact5

Payroll & Expenditures Amount
Monthly Payroll $11.3 million
Total Expenditures Since 2000 — San Joaquin Valley $946 million
Total Expenditures Since 2000 — California $1.7 billion
 

Sources

1 UC Merced Office of Research

2 UC Merced Development and Alumni Relations

3 UC Merced Human Resources

4 UC Merced Office of the Registrar

5 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 & Decision Support.

Page Last Updated: October 2014