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Fast Facts 2020-2021

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Students by Class Level

Level Number Percent
Undergraduate 8321 91.5%
Graduate 772 8.5%
Total 9093 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 2369 28.5%
Natural Sciences 2073 24.9%
Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts 3579 4243
Undeclared 300 3.6%
Total 8321 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 381 4.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1722 20.6%
Hispanic 4936 54.3%
Native American 7 <0.1%
White 862 9.5%
Nonresidents 790 8.7%
Two or More Races 303 3.3%
Unknown/Declined to State 92 1.0%
Total 8321 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 3923 47.1%
Female 4303 51.7%
Unknown 95 1.1%
Total 8321 100%
The campus welcomed more than 2,200 first-year students for the 2016-17 academic year.

The campus welcomed more than 2,460 first-year students for the 2020-21 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
23.8% Los Angeles
5.7% Sacramento Area
24.8% San Francisco Bay Area
27.4% San Joaquin Valley
18.3% 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

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 2019-20 $45.9
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.

Giving2

$29.7 million in FY 2020-21

$176 million cumulative (outright gifts + pledges)

Sources of Private Support

Source Percent
Foundations/nonprofits 90%
Individuals 5%
Corporations 5%

Designated Purposes of Private Support

Purpose Percent
Unrestricted 69%
Research 20%
Campus Improvement/Other Purposes 6%
Student Support 4%
Instruction/Departmental Support 1%

Faculty and Staff(As of October 2021)

  Number
Ladder-Rank Faculty 347
Non Ladder-Rank Faculty (Includes Senate and Non-Senate) 221
Other Academic Appointments (includes postdocs) 211
Full- and Part-Time Staff (not including student employees) 1,131
Total 1,910

Economic Impact4 5

Payroll & Expenditures Amount
Monthly Payroll (salary + benefits) $23.8 million
Impact on Merced County (FY19) $372.9 million
Impact on San Joaquin Valley (FY19)  $514.6 million

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
2018-19 1,415 55 63
2019-20 1,522 86 63
2020-21 1,889 76 56
Totals 13,375 465 454

Sources

1 UC Merced Office of Research and Economic Development

2 UC Merced Division of External Relations/ Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships

3 UC Merced Human Resources and Academic Personnel Office

4 UC Merced Payroll Services

5 Emsi Inc. study, January 2021

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

Page Last Updated: October 2021