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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

Deputy University Librarian Donald Barclay.
April 6, 2020

COVID-19 may have brought the world to a stand-still, but one thing that is still moving is information. Every day, new information is spread on television, social media and in print. But how can you...

Grad Slam showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate students.
April 6, 2020

Although COVID-19 has changed everyone’s plans this spring, Graduate Division staff members rallied to make sure the campus’s annual Grad Slam competition — showcasing graduate student research —...

ESPN’s SportsCenter showcased UC Merced's men's volleyball setter, Joey Medina, on Sunday as part of the network’s #SeniorNight segment.
March 30, 2020

COVID-19 might have prevented graduating senior Joey Medina from playing his final volleyball match with his teammates this spring, but one thing might soften the blow — being featured on ESPN. ESPN’...

Events and Happenings

Summer Session C is a six-week session that begins July 6 and ends Aug. 14.
Summer Session B is an eight-week session that begins June 22 and ends Aug. 14.
If you've considered teaching K-12 but think you have to hold a baccalaureate in education to do so, here's some great news: You can hold a degree from UC Merced or other accredited institution in any field to apply to the one-year Teacher Preparation...
Summer session A is a six-week session that begins May 25 and runs through July 2.