Who Our Students Are

Who Our Students Are

UC Merced is the most diverse university in the UC system and serves a low income population.
We are a minority majority school located in an underserved area of California with a large immigrant population.
 

Some quick facts about UC Merced:

· UC Merced started in 2005
· It is a research student-centered university
· The Fall 2015 student census shows 6,685 students enrolled. There are 6,237 undergraduate students
and 448 graduate students, 90.6% of whom are pursuing doctoral degrees.
· UC Merced continues to have a diverse student population. Hispanics are the largest ethnic group (48%),
followed by Asians (23%), whites (13%) and black (5%).
UC Merced official's goal is to reach 10,000 students by 2020, with 1,000 at the graduate level.

 

About  our Undergraduate Population:

· More than half of the undergraduates …
> speak a language other than English at home (68.4%)
> are first-generation college students (67.3%)
> come from low income families (Pell grant recipients) (61%)
· The San Joaquin Valley contributes the largest percentage of undergraduates at UC Merced (36.3%). Another 35.2% are from the greater LA area, and 22% from the Central coast and San Francisco Bay area.
 
 

Data collected from http://irds.ucmerced.edu/student.htm (2015/2016)