Merced College in Merced

Merced, CA

(Rating 2.8 based on 5 reviews)
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Merced College offers 345-degree programs and 15 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 26:1. 1 high safety campus. 43.9% are women, and 56.1% are men. 1% percents of international students. The average annual total cost of attendance at Merced College is 9236$, that is at the level of national average. 17% of full-time Merced College students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $25,700, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Merced College is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Merced College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$8,790
$30,001 - $48,000$9,323
$48,001 - $75,000$11,273
$75,001 - $110,000$12,617



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Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


7751 of Merced College undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 76 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Merced College number 92 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in California.

Students at Merced College awarded 4 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Merced College.

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Graduation Rate


Merced College graduation rate is below the national average.

17% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Merced College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This index doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Merced College is 26:1, that means that for every 26 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Merced College the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Merced College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in California.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Merced College

The campus located by 3600 M St address in Merced, California.


Merced College in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Merced College with 0.06% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Merced College are burglary, motor vehicle theft, and robbery.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Merced College offers 345 programs in total: 216 are for Associate's degree, 96 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, 30 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, and 3 are 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 748 universities in California state, with one of the highest number of Associate's degree and 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs offered. Merced College is one of the few institutions in California that offers a less than 1-year certificate program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 15 distance education programs that are provided in the Merced College: 9 are for Associate's degree, 3 - for less than 1-year certificate programs and 3 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the California state average data to help you compare.


Merced College provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 7177 students with 215298 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Merced College

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I started my collegiate education at Merced College; although, it was called Merced Community College at the time. I transferred from here to Fresno Pacific College, which now has a campus in Merced. I am glad I attended the Fresno campus because living on campus create livelong friendships.

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The instructors that I have in a nursing program do not care about what you may be going through. They may say they care and are there to help you, but if you approach them confidentially with a personal issue they will announce it to the entire class and even use a demeaning word like “I received a WEIRD text” when you were really just trying to seek help or their understanding. Or if you tell them you are having such a serious matter of depression they respond with something like “keep your head up” and then they don’t even try to actually help you. That is how children and students end up committing suicide because even when they seek help from teachers they’re not taken seriously. So I suggest that if you are going through some serious depression or have any conflict in class with peers etc that you do NOT approach them and either contact a school counselor, a friend, family, anyone else. It’s really sad, especially when you thought you could trust your instructors or peers. Nothing is ever kept confidential in these classes now days. Disappointing.

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So far I like this school and am in my last semester. I've only encountered one bad professor in the 2 years I've attended but he's no longer there. All the crim professors I've had were really good, and so were all the psychology professors I've taken. Those classes I really enjoyed most. Also, the college offers a lot of services many don't know about or take advantage such as EOP&S book services, Care and Calworks for single parents, Veteran Services, Workstudy, and DSPS, plus many more that I haven't even listed. A lot of the staff their have gone out of there way many times for me, and to be honest this has been a better experience than I've had when I attend a semester elsewhere.

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Nice college and the campus is fairly clean. The professors, for the most part, are good people and can all teach you something different.

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I would give this school zero stars if it was possible. I started college last semester and was told that I would receive financial aid to cover my tuition as long as I enrolled in a certain number of credits. Partway through the year they informed me I did NOT get financial aid and I owed them over $2000. I requested to be able to drop one class to be able to afford the sudden bill and though they allowed me to drop, they didn't tell me that the date was already past to drop without owing dues. This school has stolen $2000 from someone who actually needed assistance. I have tried all means to petition this because it was THEIR error for giving me all of the paperwork saying I got financial aid. I even had a lawyer write to the dean and it was still denied. DO NOT TRUST THE PEOPLE THEY HIRE TO INFORM YOU ABOUT YOUR DUES. I had three separate forms they had me fill out accepting the aid and then they stripped it away without giving me any other option but to pay. This school is corrupt and I wouldn't trust them to clean my shoes.

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Location & Website

Address: 3600 M St


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +2093846000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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