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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.

Third Time's a Charm

The UC Merced women’s basketball team cemented its legacy with a last-second win and a third consecutive Cal-Pac Conference championship.

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

October 18, 2017

If you’ve ever wondered why people stand where they do on the political spectrum, science might have at least part of the answer: People can be biologically predisposed to certain feelings toward...

Electron micrograph of crumpled sheets of molybdenum disulfide.
October 16, 2017
Professor Vincent Tung and collaborators discovered a way to turn nanoscale sheets of molybdenum disulfide into excellent catalysts for producing hydrogen from water.
Homecoming Oct. 20-22 is slated to be a lively weekend joining past, present and future Bobcats, families and the local community.
October 11, 2017

UC Merced’s Homecoming Oct. 20-22 will draw students, staff, faculty, alumni, family and friends together for a weekend of activities that highlight the campus and the community. For the first time,...

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Events and Happenings


Classroom and Office Building 1, 102

Come watch "The Lorax" with the ASUCM Sustainability Council to kick off Sustainability Week. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Bobcat Lair

Does your organization host events? Join the ASUCM Sustainability Council and learn how to make your events sustainable and how to receive a green-...

Student Housing, CatQuad

Join the CARE office and Housing in the CatQuad for an event featuring games, prizes and information about domestic and dating violence.

Scholars Lane

Learn about the campus commitment to sustainability by touring the nature reserve, the Corporation Yard, the Central Plant and the solar array. If...