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Fast Facts 2018-19

Students by Class Level

Level Number Percent
Undergraduate 7,881 92.2%
Graduate 663 7.8%
Total 8,544 100%
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 2,192 28%
Natural Sciences 2,131 27%
Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts 3,180 40%
Undeclared 378 5%
Total 7,881 100%
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 355 4.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1,580 20%
Hispanic 4,312 54.7%
Native American 10 <1.0%
White 759 9.6%
Nonresidents 572 7.3%
Two or More Races 253 3.2%
Unknown/Declined to State 40 <1.0%
Total 7,881 100%
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 3,763 47.7%
Female 4,049 51.4%
Unknown 69 0.9%
Total 7,881 100%
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 7,881 students, less than one percent are from out of state or from a foreign country.

California

Region
24.6% Los Angeles
5.8% Sacramento Area
22.7% San Francisco Bay Area
26.5% San Joaquin Valley
20.4% 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

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 2017-18 $28.9
Cumulative (since 2006) $214
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.

Giving(As of November 2017)

$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%
Research 34%
Student Support 25%
Unrestricted 2%

Faculty and Staff(As of November 2017)

  Number
Ladder-Rank Faculty 233
Non Ladder-Rank Faculty (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

Economic Impact

Payroll & Expenditures Amount
Monthly Payroll (salary + benefits) $16.5 million
Total Expenditures Since 2000 — San Joaquin Valley $1.7 billion
Total Expenditures Since 2000 — California $3.0 billion

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
2016-17 1,296 29 43
2017-18 1,319 46 53
Totals 8,549 248 272

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: December 2018