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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

March 16, 2018

More than 400 young women aspiring to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) attended last week’s Expanding Your Horizons conference. The event, hosted by the UC Merced...

March 12, 2018

Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds), an award-winning band heavily influenced by Mexican folk music, is coming to UC Merced on March 14 for a free concert and a music workshop. Both events are free and...

The campus is preparing for the largest graduating class of roughly 1,200 candidates who are eligible to participate in the weekend’s ceremonies.
March 12, 2018

The University of California, Merced, has selected political commentator and public affairs professional Maria Cardona and civic leader and entrepreneur Lenny Mendonca to deliver keynote addresses at...

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...
Our statistics tutor, Chelsea Gordon, has standing office hours each week for students to seek help and guidance on a walk-in basis. Chelsea is also available to help by appointment. To schedule a session, email and put "stats"...
Our writing tutor, Dorie Perez, has standing office hours each week for students to seek help and guidance on a walk-in basis. Dorie is also available to help by appointment. To schedule a session, email and put "writing" in the...
The Clothesline Project is an annual national campaign held to raise awareness about the realities of sexual violence. Stop by the CARE table on Scholars Lane to decorate a shirt as a form of healing or in support of survivors.