University of California, Merced

UC Merced is the first new American research university in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened September 5, 2005, in the Central Valley of California. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.

Students at UC Merced participate in cutting-edge research within interdisciplinary academic programs that build knowledge and enhance students’ preparedness for career fields of the 21st century — in industry, or in graduate or professional school.

UC Merced is a beautiful campus that is setting new standards for energy efficiency, water conservation and overall environmental friendliness.

Student demographics

Click here for general statistics about UC Merced.

Click here for international student statistics.

ESL program and/or support services

The English Language Institute (ELI) facilitates the University’s compliance with the state mandate for incoming international teaching assistants (ITAs) to demonstrate competence in oral communication, including those for whom English is not a native language who should demonstrate competence in an oral exam comparable to the written Test of English as a Foreign Language examination, including but not limited to, the Test of Spoken English examination, and demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively before a group.

The English Language Institute (ELI) will eventually offer intensive English programs and English language skills development classes for international students; in this way, their English language skills can be evaluated and strengthened before these students enter the classroom and must compete with native speakers of English. Beginning Summer 2013, international students who have been accepted to UCM as freshmen will be expected to participate in the Summer Bridge Program to get a head start on their studies and adapt to the language and university culture before the rigors of fall semester take hold.

Please click here to visit the ELI website.

The Conversation Partner Program is a free, volunteer program in which international students and scholars at UC Merced are matched with local members of the UCM community so that they have an opportunity to meet regularly with a native speaker for conversation and perhaps learn a bit about American culture.

Student Housing options

Click here to learn more about guaranteed freshman housing.

Click here to learn more about off-campus housing listings.

Application deadlines

Undergraduate fall priority admission application period: November 1-30

Undergraduate spring priority admission application period: July 1-31

Graduate Studies application period: September 1-January 15

Filing periods for Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) for transfer students attending California Community Colleges: Fall: September 1–September 30 and Spring: May 1–May 31

Admission requirements

International student admissions requirements:

For general admissions requirements, click here.

For freshman admissions requirements, click here.

For transfer admissions requirements, click here.

International Student visas issued

Both F1 and J1. For more information about the international student visas issued, please click here.

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Click here for financial aid information for international students.

Click here for the cost of attendance for international students (2011-2012).