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Let the Journey Begin
From Move-In Weekend to the Scholars Lane Bridge Crossing to the first day of classes, we’re proud to welcome our newest class of Bobcats.  
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.
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.
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. 
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.


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

December 11, 2019
UC Merced helps local families each year through the 'A Home for the Holidays' campaign. Participants select a wish list from a local family and then turn in the gift-wrapped items, which...
Rufus the Bobcat and the UC Merced campus community rung in the holiday season at the Beginnings lighting and food drive last week.
December 11, 2019

UC Merced’s iconic Beginnings sculpture represents arms reaching out to embrace students as they embark on a higher education journey filled with wonder, excitement and joy. Those same feelings...

Jessica Anderson will give the commencement address on Sunday, Dec. 15.
December 10, 2019
Jessica Anderson, a graduate of UC Merced's Class of 2010, will be the featured speaker at fall commencement on Sunday, Dec. 15. Anderson, who grew up in San Diego, earned her B.S. in mechanical...

Events and Happenings

Finals week begins Saturday, May 9, and continues Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15.
That's a wrap on the spring semester's classes!
This is the deadline for a number of UCEAP Study Abroad opportunities beginning spring 2021 in the following countries: Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong...
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 2021, join us for our application party and get your last-minute...