Merced College

Tel: (209)384-6000
  • 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 10,214 students (49% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 36:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • 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 280 teachers has declined by 19% over five years.
Merced College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty280 staff92 staff
Merced College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 10,214 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 36:1 has increased from 31:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.68 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment10,214 students7,516 students
Merced College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio36:144:1
Merced College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students4,956 students1,613 students
Merced College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,258 students5,903 students
Merced College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Merced College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Merced College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Merced College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Merced College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Merced College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Merced College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Merced College Hawaiian (2009-2012)
% Two or more races
Merced College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
Merced College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Merced College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups 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.0.680.73
Merced College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Merced College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,900$34,900
Merced College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,138 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 26% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,890 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,138$1,636
Merced College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,890$6,797
Merced College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid86%78%
Merced College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates-$9,500
Median Debt for Dropouts-$5,500
Source: 2016 (or 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 $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,802 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 83%. 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 0.67. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.