UC Merced “Count Me In” (Top 9% CA High School Students)

Looks like email invitations for the “Count Me In” program should have gone out or will be going out soon (the program website has been updated to reflect the Fall 2021 information and the invitations typically go out early April).

The invited students are the top 9% of California high school seniors who were not admitted to any of the UC campuses where they have applied. Review the UC system’s explanation for how the top 9% is calculated (statewide or local) and check out the Count Me In FAQ’s for how the program works (there is no cost to accept the invitation, but all other regular fees apply: SIR deposit, orientation fee, etc.).

Accepting the invitation to the “Count Me In” program does NOT require you to commit to Merced (you can decide later whether to SIR). Accepting the invitation also does NOT affect your waitlist or appeal status at other UC campuses. If you have any inclination to attend Merced, accept the invitation now, add the campus to your (hopefully) plethora of backup options, and sort things out when the SIR deadline is closer (keep in mind that the UC SIR deposit is $250 and the practice of saying yes to whichever the next best option comes along through waitlist or appeal can get really expensive with multiple admission offers).

If you are thinking about going to Merced and then transferring to another UC campus later, please consider that the transfer process from a California community college to a UC is more streamlined and easier for you to follow. When I work with intercampus transfer students, I often have to spend hours looking through course catalogs to figure out which courses from one UC campus will satisfy the major prerequisite requirements at another UC campus. I also see students whose effort to transfer gets derailed by odd requirements that are tricky to satisfy (an example is the upper-division English requirement at UC Davis and UC Irvine) and/or hidden/convoluted major prerequisite requirements (an example is the foreign language requirement for the English major at UCLA). In all honesty, I do NOT recommend attempting intercampus transfer on your own, unless you have excellent analytical skills and enjoy sleuthing through tedious and complex requirements.

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April 8, 2021 at 12:29 pm

it just went out for me

Ms. Sunreply
April 8, 2021 at 12:42 pm
– In reply to: Liu

Thanks for the update!

April 8, 2021 at 6:40 pm

I thought UC’s don’t correspond or talk with each other – how would they know how was on the wait list or did not get accepted

Ms. Sunreply
April 8, 2021 at 6:53 pm
– In reply to: VR

Individual UC campuses report to UCOP, but they don’t talk to each other. Like in a mixed-grade class where all students turn in their work to the teacher so the teacher knows what every student is doing, but the students aren’t necessary interested or care to know what other students are doing.

The system is required to guarantee admission to top students in the state, which is why they go through the trouble of doing this.

April 8, 2021 at 7:01 pm

Thank you and sorry about so many similar questions – on my end it did not show me that the question was posted to your site.

Ms. Sunreply
April 8, 2021 at 7:06 pm
– In reply to: VasuR

No worries, the “comment held for moderation” remark is a bit illusive and I haven’t figure out how to make it stick yet.

April 28, 2021 at 2:17 pm

Does submitting a SIR to UC Merced affect waitlist decisions by other UC (say Davis?). It looks like we must SIR by May 1st, but waitlist decisions won’t be out before May 1.

Ms. Sunreply
April 28, 2021 at 2:38 pm
– In reply to: AT

Your Merced SIR will not affect your Davis waitlist.

April 29, 2021 at 10:48 am

Thank you!

Ms. Sunreply
April 29, 2021 at 4:57 pm
– In reply to: AT

I’m happy to help.

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