Skip to content Skip to navigation
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.

Home

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

Outgoing Chancellor Dorothy Leland cut the ribbon to signify the opening of the second phase of the Merced 2020 Project.
August 19, 2019

Two simple words, “Leland Legacy,” captured the significance of Wednesday’s opening event for the second phase of the Merced 2020 Project, an event that doubled as a goodbye and thank you to outgoing...

a thermal map of the world
August 13, 2019

The American media lends too much weight to people who dismiss climate change, giving them legitimacy they haven’t earned, posing serious danger to efforts aimed at raising public awareness and...

A grant from the Henry Luce Foundation is already making an impact on the Merced area through humanities community-engaged scholarship.
August 8, 2019

Since his undergraduate days in Environmental Studies at Humboldt State University, Ivan Soto has aspired to produce research with a positive impact on the public — not just to benefit the academic...

Events and Happenings

Dec
14
Final exams will be held Dec. 14 and Dec 16-20.
Nov
28
Administrative offices are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 28 and 29.
Nov
11
Administrative offices closed.
Oct
02
Study, research, intern, volunteer and teach… abroad! UC Merced's ninth annual Study Abroad Fair takes place Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Kolligian Library. Ask about study abroad programs from UCEAP to Semester at Sea. Learn about...