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MUHSD And UC Merced Announce Automatic Admissions Program

MAAP Program announcement

MERCED, CA (March 15, 2021) — At a press conference held in the El Capitan High gymnasium, Merced Unified High School District Superintendent Alan Peterson and UC Merced Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Ph.D. announced the Merced Automatic Admission Program (MAAP). Students enrolled in the program who complete specific requirements at the time of graduation will be guaranteed admission to UC Merced.

"This may be the best news our district has ever received with regard to the fundamental education and future opportunities for our students," said Superintendent Peterson. “MAAP gives our students a competitive advantage like never before and also enable us to keep more of our university-bound students close to home.”

Among the criteria, MAAP will allow students with a weighted GPA of 3.5 with no grade lower than a “C” to be automatically admitted to UC Merced through a streamlined admissions process. In addition, UC Merced is able to offer generous financial aid packages for those who qualify. The program is set to commence with the Fall 2022 application cycle.

“We were established not just in the Valley but for the Valley, and we will hold true to that promise,” said Chancellor Munoz. “We want every family in Merced County to know that a University of California education is right here close to home, and that you have the possibility to go from kindergarten to Ph.D. within minutes of your home, if you put in the work."

The MAAP program further solidifies MUHSD's commitment to prepare students for the next step in their lives. MUHSD already partners with Merced College on the Dual Enrollment program, which allows students to earn college credit while in high school.  

"The joining of three institutions that work together to ensure that our students have a number of dynamic postsecondary opportunities is very special for our community," said Superintendent Peterson. “In turn, our hope is that many of our best and brightest will choose to serve our local communities as they begin their careers.”


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