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Fast Facts 2019-20

Students by Class Level

Level Number Percent
Undergraduate 8,151 92.1%
Graduate 696 7.9%
Total 8,847 100%
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 2,262 28%
Natural Sciences 2,085 26%
Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts 3,438 42%
Undeclared 338 4%
Total 8,151 100%
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 361 4.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1,597 19%
Hispanic 4,526 55.5%
Native American 7 <1.0%
White 729 8.9%
Nonresidents 639 7.8%
Two or More Races 249 3.1%
Unknown/Declined to State 43 <1.0%
Total 8,151 100%
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 3,874 47.5%
Female 4,214 51.7%
Unknown 63 0.8%
Total 8,151 100%
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
25.7% Los Angeles
6.0% Sacramento Area
23.0% San Francisco Bay Area
25.8% San Joaquin Valley
19.5% 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.

Giving2

$4.2 million in FY 2017-18

$130 million cumulative (outright gifts + pledges)

Sources of Private Support

Source Percent
Corporations/Foundations 58%
Individuals 27%
Other Non-Profits 15%

Designated Purposes of Private Support

Purpose Percent
Campus Improvement/Other Purposes 35%
Research 32%
Student Support 27%
Unrestricted 4%
Instruction/Departmental Support 2%

Faculty and Staff(As of November 2018)

  Number
Ladder-Rank Faculty 250
Non Ladder-Rank Faculty (Includes Senate and Non-Senate) 157
Other Academic Appointments 138
Full- and Part-Time Staff (Does not include student employees) 1,078
Total 1,623

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

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2018-19 1,415 55 63
Totals 9,964 303 335

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: October 2019