There are many advantages of studying at Merced College. Here are a few for your consideration:

  1. Unique Tri-College Center on campus includes University of California, Merced, California State University, Stanislaus and Merced College.

  2. Quiet, peaceful city (population 80,000) near San Francisco and Yosemite National Park

  3. Accredited with recognized academic excellence (ranks second among 107 California two year colleges on transfer grades)

  4. First two years of university work for Associate Degrees and/or transfer to Bachelor degree programs

  5. Transfer agreements with top universities  (UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, CSU Monterey Bay)

  6. Intensive ESL (Merced College English Language Institute) for below 450 Pbt/45 iBT TOEFL scores

  7. Intensive Certificate programs: Computers in Business, Medical Assistant, International Trade and 54 others

  8. Low tuition & Low living cost

  9. Smaller class size & Friendly professors

  10. Extensive sports complex: stadium, Olympic sized pool, 14 tennis courts, etc.

  11. Beautiful campus (269 acres – 120 hectares. 37 buildings)

  12. Homestay program is available

  13. Free e-mail and fax

  14. Free tutoring services

  15. Free specialized assistance from program officer

  16. Counselors available for international students

  17. Free non-credit classes for students registered full-time

  18. Extensive computer labs

  19. California offers a variety of spectacular local outings in close proximity to the city of Merced.

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