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Women's Basketball Wins Second Straight Conference Title
The UC Merced women's basketball team won the Cal-Pac Conference championship with a 76-56 victory against the California Maritime Academy.
Students Take Lead in Keeping Campus Green
Students at the University of California’s newest campus are devoted to sustainability at UC Merced and beyond. 
Lift Your Potential to New Heights
A balanced and proactive wellness program helps empower students to positively impact their physical and mental health in order to succeed academically.
Explore UC Merced at Bobcat Day
Bobcat Day provides admitted first-year and transfer students the change to learn about the academic and student-life opportunities the campus offers.


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

November 16, 2017

Outstanding contributions in service to professional organizations, academic institutions and the advancement of criminal justice have earned Graduate Dean Marjorie Zatz the Julius Debro Award from...

Beginnings sculpture with Give Tue UC Merced logo
November 14, 2017
This year's Give Tue UC Merced fundraising campaign — coming Tuesday, Nov. 28 — will bring students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends and family together to support the university's mission.
November 13, 2017

Professor Laura Giuliano isn’t the only female economics faculty member at UC Merced, but she is the only faculty member who worked in the Obama administration before joining the campus. As a senior...

Events and Happenings

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...
Would a stack of pizzas, a room full of friends, and your laptop be enough to get you to complete your study abroad application? If you’re working on an app for a program starting spring 2019, join us for our application party and get your last-minute...