Founded in 1962, Merced College—a public community college—is an integral part of the local community. Situated in the sunny heart of California’s agricultural Central Valley, we empower students through education and workforce training. Our offerings include:

  • Robust degree and certificate programs
  • Fast-track career and technical education programs
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • High profile transfer opportunities
  • Nationally-recognized workforce development and training programs with our Customer Service Academy and Emerging Leaders Institute.

What sets us apart?

We are hard workers, academic achievers and lifelong learners. Whether in-person or online, our culture of genuine caring supports student growth and creates a rich environment for teaching and learning.

“Students are our focus and we are known by their success.”

Merced by the Numbers

Statistics are based on the 2021-2022 academic year. Unless otherwise noted.

  • 15,433

    Total Students

  • 82

    Associate Degree Programs

  • 50

    Certificate Programs

  • $28M

    Financial Aid Awarded

  • 823

    Number of ADTs Awarded

  • 498

    Number of AATs Awarded

  • 325

    Number of ASTs Awarded

  • 792

    Number of Associate Degrees

  • 664

    Number of AA's Awarded

  • 128

    Number of AS's Awarded

  • 1,186

    Number of Certificates (6+ units)

Guided by Student Needs

  • Our Mission & Vision

    We provide transformative educational experiences and opportunities to empower our students and grow the community.

  • Our Leadership

    Forward-thinking leadership guides our practices, services, and educational programs. Our leaders work to ensure equitable access and success for all students.

  • Our Accreditation

    Merced College is committed to rigorous self-reflection and improvement as an institution, and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

Transfer Success Stories

Statistics are based on the 2021-2022 academic year. Unless otherwise noted.

  • 64

    CSU Transfers

  • 86

    UC Transfers (2022F)

  • 39

    In-State Private (ISP)

  • 108

    Out-of-State (OOS)

Our Locations

Merced Main Campus

The main campus of Merced College is a nurturing environment that fosters access, innovation, collaboration, teaching and learning—online and/or in person.

Los Banos Campus

The Los Banos Campus is a full-service educational center for residents of the Westside of Merced County. Our available programs and degrees include Associate of Arts, Associate of Sciences, Associate Degrees for Transfer, certificate programs and workforce-oriented classes.

Business Resource Center

Located in Downtown Merced, the Business Resource Center offers community education classes as well as programs and services for local businesses and employers.

Why MC?

Statistics are based on the 2021-2022 academic year. Unless otherwise noted.

  • 85.85%

    Course Completion Rate (CCR)

  • 70.56%

    Course Success Rate (CSR)

  • 64.84%

    Fall-to-Spring Persistence

  • 30.92%

    Employment rate (2019-20)

Get to Know Merced

We’re Here for You

Our diverse faculty and staff—many from the Central Valley area—are dedicated to continuous improvement, innovative learning experiences, and the achievement of our students.

Parking & Transportation

Plan Your Visit

Learn how to park at all of our locations, download maps to guide your visit, and explore free transportation options.