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IPEDS ID: 118718
OPE ID: 00123700
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Merced College
3600 M St, Merced, California 95348-2898
General information:  (209) 384-6000
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Two but less than 4 years certificate
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  10,214 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  28 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Rural-serving Large
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty171328
Research and public service00
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,638$1,620$1,638$1,620-1.1%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$10,872$10,980$10,980$10,9800.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Off Campus$17,404$17,635$17,752$17,635-0.7%
Off Campus with Family$6,676$6,799$6,817$6,799-0.3%
Off Campus$22,396$22,387$22,504$22,387-0.5%
Off Campus with Family$11,668$11,551$11,569$11,551-0.2%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid192286%————
Grant or scholarship aid92286%$4,889,306$5,303
Federal grants77973%$3,481,319$4,469
Pell grants77973%$3,453,082$4,433
Other federal grants384%$28,237$743
State/local government grant or scholarships89984%$1,407,987$1,566
Institutional grants or scholarships00%$0
Student loan aid00%$0
Federal student loans00%$0
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid17,76376%$27,601,124$3,555
Pell grants5,03549%$18,519,473$3,678
Federal student loans00%$0
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$9,872$9,877$9,870
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$8,759$8,804$8,790
$30,001 – $48,000$9,560$9,557$9,323
$48,001 – $75,000$11,882$11,351$11,273
$75,001 – $110,000$14,055$12,963$12,617
$110,001 and more
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)10,214
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment471
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 49%
Part-time: 51%Student Gender:
Male: 44%
Female: 56%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 10%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 57%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 24%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 70%
25 and over: 30%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 95%
Out-of-state: 0%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 3%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 14%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 83%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 73%
Part-time students: 47%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 42 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 19%
Transfer-out rate: 11%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 17%
Female: 21%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 33%
Asian: 23%
Black or African American: 18%
Hispanic/Latino: 18%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 22%
Two or more races: 8%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 15%
Non-resident alien: 33%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Graduation Rates by Time to Completion

Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the "normal" amount of time for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2010 or Fall 2011, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2010 or Fall 2011, by Time to Completion
[Began in Fall 2010]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 4%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 15%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 25%
[Began in Fall 2011]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 4%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 19%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: %
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgram<1
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations--19-
Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology4262-
Agriculture, General--2-
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production-05-
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General-211-
Crop Production--0-
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management--0-
Category total42839-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General--2-
Category total--2-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping-219-
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General-1010-
Business Administration and Management, General--67-
Business/Commerce, General-114-
Office Management and Supervision-02-
Real Estate-01-
Retail Management--0-
Small Business Administration/Management-01-
Category total-13114-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric--10-
Category total--10-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science--5-
Information Technology--1-
Category total--6-
Construction Trades
Category total-36-
Category total--5-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD0-0-
Biomedical Technology/Technician0-0d-
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General--1-
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician-56-
Instrumentation Technology/Technician-15-
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD102-
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician-11-
Category total1715d-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General--7-
Category total--7-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Care Provider/Assistant-252-
Category total-252-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
German Language and Literature--1-
Spanish Language and Literature--5-
Category total--6-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other--48-
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training-3719-
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary-76-
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer--1416
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--51-
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-21-
Category total-4613916
History, General--6-
Category total--6-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science-257-
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician-45-
Category total-668-
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal--0-
Category total--0-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies--5-
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-3521-
Category total-3526-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General--6-
Category total--6-
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician2---
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician1418-
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician-27-
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General-29-
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician-86-
Category total161330-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences--4-
Category total--4-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General--3-
Category total--3-
Personal and Culinary Services
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General114-
Category total114-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total--0-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General--3-
Geology/Earth Science, General--1-
Physical Sciences--1-
Physics, General--1-
Category total--6-
Precision Production
Welding Technology/Welder414-
Category total414-
Psychology, General--123-
Category total--123-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General--8-
Category total--8-
Social Sciences
International Relations and Affairs--8-
Social Sciences, General--106-
Category total--118-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General--7-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General--1-
Music, General--2-
Category total0011-
Grand total2615581816
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: 117
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: $308
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
Other DivisionMenWomen
Swimming and Diving1511
Track and Field, Outdoor219
Water Polo1815
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges1/1/1965 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers9/9/1975 -  Accredited
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession110
Drug law violations200
Liquor law violations200
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft110
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
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Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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