Statement of Accreditation Status
University of California, Merced

5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, June 29, 2018
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

Institutions within the WSCUC region are classified as Non-profit, For-profit or State-supported.


Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy.

Multi-institution System
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Laura Martin Assistant Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Academic Planning and Institutional Assessment lmartin [at]
Board of Directors Chair John Perez Chair, Board of Regents regentsoffice [at]
Chief Academic Officer Gregg Camfield Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost provostevc [at]
Chief Executive Officer Juan Sánchez Muñoz Chancellor chancellormunoz [at]
Chief Financial Officer Kurt Schnier Interim Vice Chancellor, Planning and Budget kschnier [at]
Director Institutional Research Gary Lowe Director, Institutional Research and Decision Support glowe2 [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Anthropology Bachelors 2008 On-Site
Applied Mathematical Sciences Bachelors 2006 On-Site
Applied Mathematics Masters 2014 On-Site
Applied Mathematics Research Doctorate 2014 On-Site
Bioengineering Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Bioengineering Research Doctorate 2019 On-Site
Bioengineering Masters 2019 On-Site
Biological Sciences Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Chemistry Bachelors 2006 On-Site
Chemistry and Chemical Biology Masters 2013 On-Site
Chemistry and Chemical Biology Research Doctorate 2013 On-Site
Cognitive and Information Sciences Research Doctorate 2011 On-Site
Cognitive and Information Sciences Masters 2020 On-Site
Cognitive Science Bachelors 2006 On-Site
Computer Science & Engineering Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Bachelors 2017 On-Site
Economics Research Doctorate 2020 On-Site
Economics Bachelors 2007 On-Site
Economics Masters 2020 On-Site
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Masters 2019 On-Site
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Research Doctorate 2019 On-Site
English Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Environmental Engineering Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Environmental Systems Masters 2007 On-Site
Environmental Systems Research Doctorate 2007 On-Site
Environmental Systems Science Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Global Arts Studies Bachelors 2016 On-Site
History Bachelors 2007 On-Site
Individual Graduate Program with Emphases Masters 2003 On-Site
Individual Graduate Program with Emphases Research Doctorate 2003 On-Site
Interdisciplinary Humanities Masters 2014 On-Site
Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Doctorate 2014 On-Site
Management Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Management and Business Economics Bachelors 2014 On-Site
Management of Complex Systems Research Doctorate 2019 On-Site
Management of Complex Systems Masters 2019 On-Site
Master of Management Masters 2018 On-Site
Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering Masters 2019 On-Site
Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering Research Doctorate 2019 On-Site
Materials Science and Engineering Bachelors 2006 On-Site
Mechanical Engineering Bachelors 2006 On-Site
Mechanical Engineerng Masters 2016 On-Site
Mechanical Engineerng Research Doctorate 2016 On-Site
Multiple Subject and Single Subject Preliminary Credential Preparation Program Non-degree 2018 On-Site
Multiple Subject and Single Subject Preliminary Credential Preparation Program Non-degree 2020 Distance Education
Philosophy Bachelors 2018 On-Site
Physics Research Doctorate 2014 On-Site
Physics Masters 2014 On-Site
Physics Bachelors 2006 On-Site
Political Science Bachelors 2007 On-Site
Political Science Masters 2014 On-Site
Political Science Research Doctorate 2014 On-Site
Psychological Sciences Research Doctorate 2011 On-Site
Psychological Sciences Masters 2015 On-Site
Psychology Bachelors 2006 On-Site
Public Health Masters 2017 On-Site
Public Health Research Doctorate 2017 On-Site
Public Health Bachelors 2014 On-Site
Quantitative and Systems Biology Research Doctorate 2011 On-Site
Quantitative and Systems Biology Masters 2011 On-Site
Sociology Bachelors 2010 On-Site
Sociology Masters 2015 On-Site
Sociology Research Doctorate 2015 On-Site
Spanish Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Fall 2021 Interim Report

Interim Reports focus on specific issues of concern identified as part of the comprehensive review process, annual report submission, the complaint process, substantive change, or other interactions with the Commission. The purpose of Interim Reports is to ensure that institutions continue to meet the Core Commitments and Standards with respect to the identified areas of concern.

Spring 2023 Mid-Cycle Review

The Mid-Cycle Review (MCR) is a review of each institution near the midpoint of its period of accreditation, focusing particularly on student achievement. The Review is performed by WSCUC staff, and draws on evidence from an update of the institution’s Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators and retention and graduation data, as well as any trends emerging from Annual Reports to surface any potential issues across the Standards. The overall purpose of the Mid-Cycle Review is to "identify problems with an institution's or program's continued compliance with agency standards" while "tak[ing] into account institutional or program strengths and stability" (U.S. Department of Education, §602.19(b)).

Fall 2027 Offsite Review
Spring 2028 Accreditation Visit

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