Merced College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,104
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$12,147
After Financial Aid
2019 Enrolled Students
11,173
43.2% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
25.4%
278 Graduates

About

Merced College is a higher education institution located in Merced County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Merced College were .

In 2019, 3,133 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Merced College. 61.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (1,867 degrees), 2.9 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (644 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Merced College is $1,104, which is $−6,720 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Merced College is $1,104, which is $−6,720 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,147.

In 2019, 66% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while N/A% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$1,104
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Merced College was $1,104. The cost of tuition at Merced College is $−6,720 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

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Average Net Price

$12,147
2019 Value
29.1%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Merced College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,147. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Merced College grew by 29.1%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,779
Room and Board
$1,917
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Merced College was of $13,779 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,917. The cost of room and board increased by 25.5% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 17% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

66%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
N/A%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

66% of undergraduate students at Merced College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 1.49% with respect to 2018, when 67% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Enrollment

Merced College has a total enrollment of 11,173 students. The full-time enrollment at Merced College is 4,823 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,350. This means that 43.2% of students enrolled at Merced College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Merced College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 56.8% Hispanic or Latino, 16.1% White, 7.6% Asian, 2.84% Black or African American, 2.27% Two or More Races, 0.43% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.322% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Merced College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (32.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (22.3%) and White Female (7.34%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

43.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Merced College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 11,173 students. The full-time enrollment at Merced College is 4,823 and the part-time enrollment is 6,350. This means that 43.2% of students enrolled at Merced College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.9% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

68%
2019 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 68%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), Merced College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    6,349
  2. White
    1,804
  3. Asian
    849

The enrolled student population at Merced College is 56.8% Hispanic or Latino, 16.1% White, 7.6% Asian, 2.84% Black or African American, 2.27% Two or More Races, 0.43% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.322% 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 44% White, 26.9% 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, 1,423 students (12.7%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 721 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 (1,867 degrees awarded). There were 2.9 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (644 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Merced College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

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 Agriculture (165 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (393 degrees), and Psychology (319 degrees).

Workforce

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 (344,147 people), Other managers (334,119 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (263,988 people), Social workers, all other (175,745 people), and Postsecondary teachers (165,218 people).

The most specialized majors at Merced College are Agriculture (165 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (393 degrees), Psychology (319 degrees), Precision Production (87 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (763 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Merced College are Dentists, Surgeons, Computer hardware engineers, Physicians, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Merced College are Agriculture (165 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (393 degrees), Psychology (319 degrees), Precision Production (87 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (763 degrees).

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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 (740,534 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (418,838 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (286,876 people), Legal services (283,546 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (246,427 people).

The most specialized majors at Merced College are Agriculture (165 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (393 degrees), Psychology (319 degrees), Precision Production (87 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (763 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Merced College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,206
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,927
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,206 degrees were awarded to men at Merced College, which is 0.626 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,927).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 246 degrees were awarded to men at Merced College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.476 times less than the 517 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 517 degrees were awarded to women at Merced College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 2.1 times more than the 246 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

8%
100% Completion Time
25%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 8% of students graduating from Merced College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 25% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 35% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (43.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Merced College is Female and Asian (43.8% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    1,867 degrees awarded
  2. White
    644 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    330 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Merced College is hispanic or latino (1,867 degrees awarded). There were 2.9 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (644 degrees).

2.81% of degree recipients (88 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,182 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    685 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    397 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Merced College is hispanic or latino female (1,182 degrees awarded). There were 1.73 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (685 degrees).

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Operations

Merced College has an endowment valued at nearly $7.64M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $540k (7.06%), compared to the 5.92% average return ($255k on $4.3M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2019, Merced College had a total salary expenditure of $116M. Merced College employs 199 Instructors, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Merced College are Female Instructors (108), Male Instructors(91), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Merced College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 65 employees, Management, with 49 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 49 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$7.64M
2019 Endowment
0.424%
growth from 2018

Merced College has an endowment valued at about $7.64M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Merced College grew 0.424% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $3.34M 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. $1.88M - Federal
  2. $17.5M - State
  3. $1.53M - Local

As of 2019, Merced College received $1.88M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $17.5M from state grants and contracts, and $1.53M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$43.3M
2019 Salaries
8.05%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Merced College paid a median of $43.3M in salaries, which represents 37.4% of their overall expenditure ($116M) and a 8.05% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.661% decline from 2017 and a 5.43% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.6M (44.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$17.7M
Instructional Salaries
199
Number of Employees

In 2019, Merced College paid a total of $17.7M to 199 employees working as instructors, which represents 40.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.1M (30.7%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
199 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
65 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Merced College were Instructor with 199 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Merced College were Office and Administrative Support with 65 employees; Management with 49 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 49 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor
  3. false

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Merced College was Female Instructor with 108 employees, Male Instructor with 91 employees, and false with 0 employees.

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

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