Freshman fall admissions summary

The universitywide applicant and admit counts are unduplicated. The universitywide admit rates are calculated by total number of unduplicated students admitted to UC divided by total number of unduplicated applicants to UC.

UC Merced opened in 2005 so there is no data prior to 2005 for this campus. Beginning in 2011, Merced invited all California resident referrals to be considered for admission to their campus and only processed and formally admitted those who accepted the invitation. This change in admissions process resulted in fewer formal offers of admissions to California resident applicants at Merced and universitywide, thus the admit rate at Merced and universitywide dropped significantly from 2010 to 2011.

  1. Yield Rate – The percentage of admitted students who choose to enroll at UC. Yield rate by school type charts exclude students whose school type is unknown.

  2. Admit Rate – The percentage of applicants who are admitted to UC. -Admit rate by school type charts exclude students whose school type is unknown.

  3. California Resident – Applicants who are residents of California for admission purposes.

  4. Domestic – Applicants who are residents of the U.S. but not residents of California for admission purposes.

  5. International – Applicants who are not residents of the US for admission purposes.

  6. First Generation – A student with neither parent having a four-year college degree.

  7. Residency – Distinguishes where a student is from (CA Resident, non-resident domestic, non-resident international).

  8. HS GPA – High school Grade Point Average - Weighted, capped high school GPA (where extra points up to 8 semesters, no more than 4 in the 10th grade are added to the GPA). See:

  9. A-G courses – the number of yearlong college preparatory courses completed or planned in 9th-12th grades. For students from California public and private high schools, A-G course counts are based on courses submitted by the high schools, reviewed by UC, and are listed on the A-G course lists: The process for students from high schools outside of California is different, and therefore the data are not directly comparable. However, A-G college preparatory coursework is still among the factors taken into account for admissions decisions for all freshman applicants. College preparatory courses in mathematics and languages other than English completed in 7th and 8th grades are included. See:

  10. Honors courses – the number of yearlong courses taken or planned in 10th-12th grades. These are Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate Higher Level (IB HL) and designated Standard Level (IB SL) courses, UC-transferable college courses and (for students from CA high schools) UC-certified honors courses:

Cells with 1 to 4 students have been redacted, with additional reactions to ensure small cells cannot be deduced by subtraction.

For fall 2016 to fall 2023, gender reflects gender identity categories used in the most recent year. Note that the category “Woman” was previously “Female,” “Man” was previously “Male,” “Nonbinary” was previously “Genderqueer/Gender non-Conforming” and “Genderqueer or Nonbinary Gender,” “Transgender Woman/Trans Woman” was previously “Trans Female/Trans Woman,” and “Trans Male/Trans Man” was previously “Trans Male/Trans Man.” For fall 2015 and prior years, gender reflects gender categories: “Male,” “Female,” “Unknown.”