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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

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May 22, 2018

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) named Professor Ala Qattawi one of this year’s Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers. “I am honored to receive this award,” Qattawi said. “It...

May 21, 2018

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May 18, 2018

A pair of UC Merced students showed off their bass-fishing skills by winning a Fishing League Worldwide event last weekend, earning themselves a spot in next year’s finals. Herbie LeBlanc of Gilroy...

Events and Happenings

Have you ever considered entering the rewarding career of teaching K-12 but think you have to hold a baccalaureate in education to do so? The great news is you can hold a degree from UC Merced or other accredited institution in any field to apply to...
Merced for Kids, a pop-up children's museum at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, is hosting a family-friendly opening-night reception to celebrate the new, interactive exhibit. Can’t attend the opening-night festivities? The pop-up exhibit will be...