Merced College

  • 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 to Merced College is Modesto Junior College (36.6 miles away).

Top Placements

Merced College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 280 teachers has stayed relatively flat 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 staff97 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 36:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Merced College diversity score of 0.68 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment10,214 students7,516 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio36:144:1
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# Full-Time Students4,956 students1,613 students
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# Part-Time Students5,258 students5,903 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Merced College.This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of CA.
% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
13%
13%
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% Hispanic
47%
37%
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% Black
3%
7%
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% White
29%
32%
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% Hawaiian
1%
-
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
3%
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% Unknown races
4%
5%
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Diversity Score0.680.73
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College Completion Rate
19%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,900$34,600
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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
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,890$6,797
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid86%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
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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