Merced College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,104
2022 Average Net Price
$6,934
After Financial Aid
2022 Enrolled Students
10,214
42.3% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
29.2%
416 Graduates

About

Merced College is a higher education institution located in Merced County, CA. In 2022, the most popular 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentrations at Merced College were Liberal Arts & Sciences (760 degrees awarded), General Administrative Assistant & Secretarial Science (46 degrees), and Automobile Mechanics Technology (31 degrees).

In 2022, 2,892 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Merced College. 65.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (1,709 degrees), 3.68 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (464 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Merced College is $1,104, which is $−7,008 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Merced College is $1,104, which is $−7,008 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,934.

In 2022, 83% of undergraduate students attending Merced College received financial aid through grants.

Tuition Costs

$1,104
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Merced College was $1,104. The cost of tuition at Merced College is $−7,008 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$6,934
2022 Value
48.4%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Merced College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,934. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Merced College grew by 48.4%.

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Other Student Expenses

$17,253
Room and Board
$1,125
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Merced College was of $17,253 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 14.4% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,125. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 42.9% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

83%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants

83% of undergraduate students at Merced College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 29.7% with respect to 2021, when 64% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Enrollment

Merced College had a total enrollment of 10,214 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Merced College is 4,316 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,898. This means that 42.3% of students enrolled at Merced College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Merced College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 65.1% Hispanic or Latino, 17.2% White, 7.71% Asian, 3.46% Black or African American, 3.37% Two or More Races, 0.48% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.245% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Merced College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (42%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (27%) and White Female (8.92%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

42.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Merced College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 10,214 students. The full-time enrollment at Merced College is 4,316 and the part-time enrollment is 5,898. This means that 42.3% of students enrolled at Merced College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

69%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Merced College was 69%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Merced College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    6,654 enrolled students
  2. White
    1,759 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    788 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Merced College is 65.1% Hispanic or Latino, 17.2% White, 7.71% Asian, 3.46% Black or African American, 3.37% Two or More Races, 0.48% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.245% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 198 students (1.94%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 906 more women than men received degrees from Merced College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Merced College is hispanic or latino (1,709 degrees awarded). There were 3.68 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (464 degrees).

The most common 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentration at Merced College is Liberal Arts & Sciences (760 degrees awarded), followed by General Administrative Assistant & Secretarial Science (46 degrees) and Automobile Mechanics Technology (31 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Merced College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Human Sciences (132 degrees awarded), Psychology (367 degrees), and Social Sciences (335 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Merced College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (463,439 people), Other managers (362,898 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (348,989 people), Postsecondary teachers (188,162 people), and Social workers, all other (165,021 people).

The most specialized majors at Merced College in 2022 are Human Sciences (132 degrees awarded), Psychology (367 degrees), Social Sciences (335 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (812 degrees), and Precision Production (66 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Merced College are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Merced College are Human Sciences (132 degrees awarded), Psychology (367 degrees), Social Sciences (335 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (812 degrees), and Precision Production (66 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Merced College are Elementary & secondary schools (881,694 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (470,528 people), Legal services (375,572 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (331,045 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (270,597 people).

The most specialized majors at Merced College are Human Sciences (132 degrees awarded), Psychology (367 degrees), Social Sciences (335 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (812 degrees), and Precision Production (66 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Merced College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 367 degrees awarded
  2. 227 degrees awarded
  3. 99 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Merced College was General Psychology with 367 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

993
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,899
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 993 degrees were awarded to men at Merced College, which is 0.523 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,899).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 277 degrees were awarded to men at Merced College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.518 times less than the 535 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 535 degrees were awarded to men at Merced College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.93 times more than the 277 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

18%
100% Completion Time
35%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 18% of students graduating from Merced College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 35% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 39% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Merced College is Female and Two or More Races (50% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 15.6% of graduates (65 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    1,709 degrees awarded
  2. White
    464 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    258 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Merced College is hispanic or latino (1,709 degrees awarded). There were 3.68 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (464 degrees).

8.2% of degree recipients (237 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,150 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    559 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    303 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Merced College is hispanic or latino female (1,150 degrees awarded). There were 2.06 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (559 degrees).

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Operations

Merced College has an endowment valued at nearly $10.1M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 235k (2.33%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Merced College had a total salary expenditure of 134M. Merced College employs 188 Instructors. Most academics at Merced College are Female Instructor (108), and Male Instructor (80).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Merced College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 58 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 48 employees, and Service with 43 employees.

Endowment

$10.1M
2022 Endowment
1.18%
growth from 2021

Merced College has an endowment valued at about $10.1M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Merced College grew 1.18% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $4.87M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.83M - Federal
  2. $29.7M - State
  3. $1.37M - Local

As of 2022, Merced College received $1.83M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $29.7M from state grants and contracts, and $1.37M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$48.2M
2022 Salaries
4.31%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Merced College paid a median of $48.2M in salaries, which represents 36% of their overall expenditure ($134M) and a 4.31% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$16.7M
Instructional Salaries
188
Number of Employees

In 2022, Merced College paid a total of $16.7M to 188 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
188 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
58 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Merced College was Instructor with 188 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Merced College were Office and Administrative Support with 58 employees, Business and Financial Operations with 48 employees, and Service with 43 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Merced College was Female Instructor with 108 employees, and Male Instructor with 80 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Merced College.

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