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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

November 13, 2018

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Rigoberta Menchú Tum holds up the Alice & Clifford Spendlove Prize for Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance.
November 8, 2018

Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú Tum was honored Monday as the 12th distinguished recipient of the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance at the Art...

November 5, 2018

The California Teachers Association (CTA) indicates the state faces a massive shortage of highly qualified teachers – especially those who can teach math, science and special education — and early...

Events and Happenings

Nov
27
Are you considering study abroad but not sure where to start? Come to this information session led by a study abroad advisor to learn more about the different opportunities available, choosing the right program for you, and the application process.
Nov
27
Come see the beautiful sunrise over the Sierra Nevada while hiking on the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve. Many animals are especially active in the early morning, so the potential for exciting observation is high. Bring a daypack with...
Nov
27
This workshop will be about unlearning the falsehoods of your sexuality. We will discuss how individuals can take agency over their own sexual health and expression, by empowering the individual to acknowledge their own needs and wants, and how to...
Nov
26
The EBICS Distinguished Lecture Series features Professor Nigel Goldenfeld discussing the collective behavior of complex systems and the new laws of physics that describe these emergent states of matter. He will provide a number of examples from recent...