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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

Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky speaking with students.
February 15, 2018
Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky spent a day at UC Merced, meeting with pre-law students and giving a public talk about free speech on college campuses, all part of the Chancellor's Dialogue...
UC Merced reveals its new, comprehensive Sustainability Strategic Plan to further advance it goals, including reaching its Triple Zero Commitment.
February 14, 2018

UC Merced has a new Sustainability Strategic Plan to help the campus further advance its sustainability goals. In 2016, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS), and the...

Professor Sandra A. Brown in her office in front of a bookshelf filled with books.
February 12, 2018
Sandra A. Brown in her office in front of a bookshelf filled with books.

Events and Happenings

Everyone is welcome to enjoy any of five free performances of this year's Shakespeare in Yosemite production, an eco-themed and musical version of the comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The play stars professional actor Lisa Wolpe, hip hop artist...
Everyone is welcome to enjoy a free performance of this year's Shakespeare in Yosemite production, an eco-themed and musical version of the comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream," presented in the Wallace Dutra Amphitheater. The play stars professional...
Menlo @ UC Merced Last home game of the year for men's volleyball and all seniors will be honored before the game. Students get in free with CatCards.
Everyone is invited to attend the next UC Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities with black-studies Professor George Lipsitz from UC Santa Barbara, entitled "Insubordinate Spaces: Why the Humanities Matter Now." There will be a Q...