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Merced College is a community college located in Merced, California. Established in 1963, students are the main focus at Merced College and the institute sets high standards to encourage students to reach their highest potential in a supportive environment. Their biggest strength is student diversity. Merced College is indeed a leader in instruction as well as cultural activities. The institution values and respects all members of the community.


Merced College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The institute offers academic degrees and programs in diverse areas of study such as allied health, business, criminal justice, computer studies, fire science, foods and nutrition management. The College also provides academic support services to help the students realize their highest potential and attain academic success.

Merced College faculty and staff know that education doesn’t stop after high school or college. In fact, it is a life-long process and can be pursued at any point. Continuing Education division offers classes which help and promote the continued growth, whether you want to revise current job skills, acquire new jobs kills, or pursue classes for the personal enhancement goals.

The college offers more than 200 non-credit classes, which are offered each session at over 30 sites throughout Merced County and the surrounding area. More than 6000 students take advantage of the non-credit classes to advance their value of life in diverse ways. The Continuing Education Program is located at the Merced Tri-College Center on the college campus.

Merced College offers educational programs through the following academic divisions: Agriculture, Humanities, Allied Health, Industrial Technology, Arts Life, Fitness & Health, Business, Science, Math & Engineering, Developmental Education, and Social Science.

The instructional support programs offered at Merced College includes Reading Lab, California Mexico Trade Assistance Center, Learning Communities, CalSOAP Program, Puente Program, CalWORKs Program, Servicemember’s Opportunity Program, Center for International Trade Development, Student Club Program, Teacher Preparation, Continuing Education (formerly Non-Credit), Traffic School Program, Customer Service Academy, Tutorial Program, Workplace Learning Resource Center, Extended Opportunity Programs & Services, Work-Study Program, and Honors Program.

Merced Online

Merced College also offers online education to its students. Only those students who are enrolled with the online program will be able to take the online courses. The online courses provide the perfect academic training for students who find it hard to attend traditional classroom settings Students can login to the Blackboard CE 6 server using their portal username and their six-digit birth date. Students can read lessons, complete assignments and ask questions from the comfort of home or office.

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Students seeking admission to the Merced College must follow some important steps. First of all, sign up for an orientation and campus tour at the Lesher Student Services Center. You must then submit the application form for admission and obtain an ID card to appear for the assessment test. Prospective students attending the orientation can submit their application through CCCAPPLY. Counselors are available at the Lesher Student Services Center to further assist and guide you.

International students are also encouraged to apply for admission to Merced College. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test to prove their ability to read, speak, write and understand English language.

Financial Aid

Merced College offers a variety of financial aid programs for the students who are unable to meet their educational expenses. Applicants must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The different types of financial aid include grants, scholarships and work-study programs. Some of the scholarships available at Merced College include Film & Fiction Scholarship, Discover Card Tribute Award, Scholarship for Prospective Educators, Youth Opportunities Foundation Scholarship, Wally David Legal Memorial Scholarship Fund and ISA Scholarship Program.

Federal Work-Study Program is yet another method through which students can take up part-time jobs and meet their educational expenses. The jobs are located both on-campus as well as off-campus with non-profit, for-profit, and governmental agencies that get into an agreement with Merced College.

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Student life at Merced College is diverse and active. The Student Government at the college acts like the voice of the student body, and helps to solve their problems. There are several campus clubs and organizations based on the diverse interest of the students. Some of the student organizations are International Club, Fateh Club, Disability Club, Journalism Club, Military Veterans Club, Alpha Gamma Sigma, Phi Theta Kappa, Students for Social Justice, Blue Devil Aggies, Phi Theta Kappa, and Wesley Club, Volleyball Club.

The Workplace Learning Resource Center (WpLRC) at the college provides leadership, customized training, and development programs to the local employers and citizens of the California Central Valley and the greater Merced area. The academic programs offered are outstanding enhancement skills that employees can immediately apply to their job upon the completion of the training.

The Child Development Center is designed to offer a setting that encourages the positive growth and improvement of each child, family, student, as well as staff member. The educational philosophy of the programs at the Center is based on the principle that the years of early-childhood are the most critical and must be develop to the fullest potential.

The Counseling Centre at the Merced College provides a variety of professional and personal counseling services to the students. Some of the services include academic advising, guidance courses, academic & progress probation counseling, personal and crisis counseling, career planning, graduation applications & degree audits, evaluation & course placement, online counseling services, and information about majors.

Community Services at Merced College provides opportunities for enrichment, education, and adventure. These courses are not-for-credit, ranging from the ceramics to fitness camp and from kid’s camps to animal care. They also organize an array of excursions throughout the year, which includes trips to theatre shows, sporting events, educational venues, cultural functions and other recreational activities.

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Merced College athletic department sponsors men’s as well as women’s teams for diverse sports such as baseball, basketball, football, swimming & diving, track & field, and water polo. The athletes are nicknamed the Blue Devils. The sports teams actively participate in the Central Valley Conference.

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The Disabled Student Services Program at Merced College is committed to the belief that society will benefit when all individuals get the opportunity for life-long learning. It serves to make available a variety of educational opportunities such as skill development to academic knowledge attainment for cultural, ethical, and social awareness.


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  • Gollay, Elinor. The College Guide For Students With Disabilities. Abt Publications. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 161st in California and 2040th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 3 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 326 0.41
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 8 0.01
Forcible Rape 20 0.03
Robbery 149 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 802 1.00
Larceny 2,044 2.56
Vehicle theft 313 0.39

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Merced, CA 95348-2898
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population23,093 (21,664 urban / 1,429 rural)
Households8,075 (2.83 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,473
Families5,510 (3.42 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District616

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4278th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,104 $1,104 $5,856
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $34 $34 $34
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $208
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $2,776 $2,776 $7,528
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,752 $17,752 $22,504
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,817 $6,817 $11,569

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $898 $1,138 $898 $1,138 $5,890(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,638 $1,620
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,872 $10,980
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,996 $3,897
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,140 $4,041

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 643rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $81,956 ($82,219 male / $78,520 female)
Number of FT Faculty 168 (81 male / 87 female)
Number of PT Faculty 474
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $8,119,177

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