• 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 10,645 students (41% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is lower than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 81% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 74%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 10,645 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,138
  • Out-state tuition: $5,890
  • Student:teacher ratio: 17:1
  • Minority enrollment: 81%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Merced College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 618 teachers has grown by 120% over five years.
Merced College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
618 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Merced College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has decreased from 36:1 over five years.
The Merced College diversity score of 0.61 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
10,645 students
5,216 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
17:1
22:1
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# Full-Time Students
4,333 students
1,660 students
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# Part-Time Students
6,312 students
6,239 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
746 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
4,333 students
1,580 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
54 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
6,312 students
6,239 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
10 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
9%
14%
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% Hispanic
59%
45%
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% Black
1%
5%
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% White
19%
26%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
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% Two or more races
2%
4%
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% Non Resident races
2%
3%
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% Unknown races
7%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.61
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
7.37%
4.57%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.92%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$29,900
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,138 is less than the state average of $1,246. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,890 is less than the state average of $6,603. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,138
$1,246
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,890
$6,603
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
85%
86%
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Median Debt for Graduates
n/a
$10,500
Median Debt for Dropouts
n/a
$6,239
Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Merced College cost?

Merced College's tuition is approximately $1,138 for In-State students and $5,890 for Out-State students.

What is Merced College's ranking?

Merced College ranks among the top 20% of community college in California for: Least expensive tuition.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 10,645 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,138
  • Out-state tuition: $5,890
  • Student:teacher ratio: 17:1
  • Minority enrollment: 81%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,246 per year for in-state students and $6,603 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $20,540 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 81%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in California is Los Angeles Film School. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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