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The UC Merced women's basketball team won the Cal-Pac Conference championship with a 76-56 victory against the California Maritime Academy.
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Students at the University of California’s newest campus are devoted to sustainability at UC Merced and beyond. 
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A balanced and proactive wellness program helps empower students to positively impact their physical and mental health in order to succeed academically.
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UC Merced - Charles Nies - Vice Chancellor

Welcome to UC Merced

As you know, the University of California is known internationally for its three pillars of excellence in research, teaching and public service. At UC Merced, the focus for students isn’t on surviving. It’s on embracing these pillars as cornerstones of a successful collegiate career. 

Ultimately, college success is more about taking advantage of all the opportunities available and moving beyond survival. It is about learning to thrive. 

We hope that you will take advantage of the opportunities available to you at UC Merced. There are many services, departments, programs, resources and faculty and staff members on campus to help support a smooth transition and successful completion of your educational goals. 

Our hope is that you will challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone. That action alone is the first step in your journey to not only surviving your college experience but thriving beyond your expectations.  

I look forward to hearing from you throughout the year on all you have accomplished, learned and discovered.

Best wishes for a great year!

Go Bobcats,

Charles Nies, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


Featured News

U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham meets with graduate student Boe Mendewala and Chancellor Dorothy Leland.
January 19, 2018

UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland united with members of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration in Washington, D.C., earlier this week to call on Congress to pass a permanent...

Jonathan Grady is working with campus partners to focus on making sure UC Merced students are successful.
January 18, 2018

Jonathan Grady brings more than 14 years of experience as a researcher, educator and leader in academia to his new role as associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs and dean of students at UC...

Several dozen UC Merced employees are seated at round tables eating breakfast in Room 355 of Kolligian Library.
January 18, 2018
UC Merced's annual event honors employees for their longevity in serving the University and furthering its mission of teaching, research and public service.

Events and Happenings

It's the official end of the semester.
Final exams will be administered Saturday, May 5 and Monday, May 7, through Friday, May 11.
Classes are over and it's almost the end of the semester.
This is the deadline for a number of UCEAP Study Abroad opportunities beginning spring fall 2019 in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana...