Merced College

Tel: (209)384-6000
9,837 students
Public institution
Students are our focus at Merced College. We set high standards to encourage students to reach their potential in a nurturing environment. Merced College is a leader in innovative instruction and cultural activities. We value and respect all members of our community and diversity is a strength of our institution. We are known by the success of our students.
School Highlights:
Merced College serves 9,837 students (44.84% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 36:1 is lower than the community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 76% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 71%.
Merced College is the only community colleges within Merced County, CA.
The nearest community college is Modesto Junior College (36.60 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 270 teachers has declined by 17% over five years.
College Merced College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 270 staff
61 staff
Merced College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 9,837 teachers has grown by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 36:1 has increased from 26:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.64 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 9,837 students 1,296 students
Merced College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 36:1
Merced College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 4,411 students
810 students
Merced College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 5,426 students
1,036 students
Merced College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Merced College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Merced College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Merced College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Merced College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Merced College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Merced College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Merced College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Merced College Non Resident (2006-2013)
Merced College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.64 0.53
Merced College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,138 is less than the state average of $5,650. The in-state tuition has grown by 72% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,890 is less than the state average of $10,201. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,138 $5,694
Merced College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,890 $10,252
Merced College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 80%
Merced College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Merced College was founded in 1962 and offers students the opportunity to obtain an associate degree, or to transfer academic credits to California State universities or the University of California. The College offers vocational certificates in various programs. Merced College serves all students who live in the college district. The Merced Community College District is composed of most of Merced County, the area of the Chowchilla Union High School District in Madera County, and the Dos Palos Joint Elementary School District. The Governing Board is made up of seven elected members. Merced College is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is approved by the State Department of Education to train veterans under provisions of the G.I. Bill of Rights, and by the United States Immigration Service. The college offers a lower division program consisting of courses paralleling those of four-year colleges and universities, the credits for which are transferable to all other accredited colleges and universities.

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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,431 per year for in-state students and $6,925 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,852 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in California is . Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.