Welcome prospective Bobcats. It’s that time of year again as the UC application has now opened and submission starts October 1 through November 30. I am @Gumbymom one of the two UC Forum Champions/Moderators. My Co-Forum Champion is @lkg4answers and we are knowledgeable on the increasingly complicated UC admissions process and hopefully we can help any prospective UC applicants with their questions.
UC Merced like all the UC’s are test blind this admission cycle and will use 13 areas of criteria to review Freshman applicants. Each campus will weight the various areas of criteria differently so one size does not fit all. The UC application website has plenty of information that can help determine if UC Merced is a good option when applying. Below is some admit information specific to the school.
If you live in San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County, Merced County, Madera County, Fresno County, Kern County, Kings County, Tulare County, the foothills, Salinas or the Greater Central Valley and are interested in medicine, you might check out the BS/MD partnership program that UC Merced has with UCSF.
I noticed that I received ELC for being in the top 9% of my class, which says I’ll be admitted to at least 1 UC campus, but not necessarily the once of my choice.
Since UC Merced has the highest acceptance rate of the UC’s, does that imply that I will get in?
And does UC Merced use ELC as one of their more important factors since they are one of the smallest campuses and have the most space for students.
For ELC, the default campus is UC Merced. If after the March UC Decisions, you are not admitted to a UC campus in which you applied, your application will be referred to UCM for consideration if space is available. Not all majors will be offered to referral applicants however.
If you applied directly to UC Merced and are ELC, your chances for admission are high.
ELC is one of the 13 areas of application review criteria used by all the UC’s.