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Open House for All

Chancellor Leland offers her thanks to everyone who made UC Merced’s new Homecoming weekend such a smashing success.

Calling on Congress

Writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, Chancellor Dorothy Leland urges Congress to take action to protect students currently living and working under DACA.

Statement of Support

In a message to the campus, Chancellor Leland pledges that undocumented students will continue to have the support they need to succeed.

Celebrating Innovation

The Chancellor’s Innovation Awards offer staff members the opportunity to improve campus services and support by working collaboratively on creative solutions.

The Journey Begins

Chancellor Dorothy Leland leads the way as approximately 2,300 first-year and transfer students participate in the campus’s annual Scholars Lane Bridge Crossing.

Welcome to UC Merced - The University of California's newest campus

Chancellor Dorothy Leland of UC Merced

Dorothy Leland
UC Merced Chancellor

Without exception, University of California campuses have distinguished themselves as powerhouses of invention, discovery and knowledge creation, generating the kinds of intellectual contributions that spawn entire industries, creating rewarding jobs, advance human knowledge and fundamentally change how we live our lives. With its growing and impressive research portfolio, UC Merced is destined to continue this proud tradition. Through its discoveries in the fields ranging from alternative energy to water resource management and health and cognitive sciences, UC Merced is poised to contribute greatly to the economic recovery of California and the nation through important scientific breakthroughs, discoveries and inventions.

The 2020 Project

The 2020 Project is a public-private partnership that will provide the physical capacity needed to grow to 10,000 students. At a time of increasing budget constraints on public university systems and growing financial demands for limited state resources, it is fitting that the first American research university of the 21st century is carrying out this project through an alternative delivery strategy. By leveraging private-sector expertise and combining the pricing of lifecycle design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance costs, the 2020 Project will enable UC Merced to advance its teaching, research and public-service mission in the most cost-effective and rapid way possible.

Featured News

A man wearing safety goggles adjusts a laser apparatus with a screwdriver.
November 15, 2017
Physicists recreate classic acoustics experiment at the quantum level, a discovery that may help detect nuclear threats.
Beginnings sculpture with Give Tue UC Merced logo
November 14, 2017
This year's Give Tue UC Merced fundraising campaign — coming Tuesday, Nov. 28 — will bring students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends and family together to support the university's mission.
November 13, 2017

Professor Laura Giuliano isn’t the only female economics faculty member at UC Merced, but she is the only faculty member who worked in the Obama administration before joining the campus. As a senior...

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Events and Happenings


Merced Multicultural Arts Center

Join the Center for the Humanities in hosting the Wild...

UC Merced Campus

The campus is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 23 and 24.

Classroom and Office Building 2, 130

Join the Blum Center for the Inaugural Food Security Symposium, featuring human development Professor Lisa Soederberg Miller from the Department of...

Merced Multicultural Arts Center

Valley Roots: Making plays with and about the agricultural community in Merced, presents community-engaged theater with two new plays based on...