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 11,173 students (43% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 84% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 77%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 618 teachers has grown by 77% over five years.
Merced College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High TraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty618 staff308 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of Merced College has grown by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has decreased from 36:1 over five years.
The Merced College diversity score of 0.62 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment11,173 students8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio18:124:1
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# Full-Time Students4,823 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students6,350 students6,350 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
8%
12%
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% Hispanic
57%
47%
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% Black
3%
6%
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% White
16%
23%
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% Hawaiian
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% Two or more races
2%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
13%
6%
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Diversity Score0.620.70
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College Completion Rate
25%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,900$34,700
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,138 is less than the state average of $1,997. 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 $7,123. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,138$1,997
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,890$7,123
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%79%
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Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2020 (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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Merced College is Modesto Junior College (36.6 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 18,068 students | 36.60 Mi435 College Ave
    Modesto, CA 95350
    (209) 575-6550
    36.6018,068
  • 257 students | 43.00 Mi5380 Pirrone Rd
    Salida, CA 95368
    (209) 543-8800
    43.00257
  • 2,616 students | 48.10 Mi11600 Columbia College Dr
    Sonora, CA 95370
    (209) 588-5100
    48.102,616
  • 7,765 students | 51.50 Mi10309 North Willow Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93730
    (559) 325-5200
    51.507,765
  • 539 students | 51.70 Mi295 East Sierra Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93710
    (559) 448-8282
    51.70539
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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,997 per year for in-state students and $7,123 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $21,060 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 score of 0.70, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.