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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

A man holds a bright purple instrument in his hands while talking into a microphone headset.
September 20, 2017
MacArthur "Genius" Award winner and Stanford University bioengineering Professor Manu Prakash will deliver the keynote lecture at the first annual open house for UC Merced’s Center for...
Andrew De Los Santos works in the recycling and composting center to help UC Merced attain Triple Net Zero.
September 18, 2017

When Chigoziri Ibechem attended her first planning commission meeting in downtown Merced last November, she had no idea where it might lead. After the meeting, the psychology major from Los Angeles...

Professor Noemi Petra in a white shirt and black jacket poses in front of a reflective, opaque glass wall.
September 15, 2017
Professor of Applied Mathematics Noemi Petra received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, the NSF's most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty.
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Events and Happenings


Joseph Edward Gallo Gymnasium

Come support Bobcat women's volleyball as they take on William Jessup University.

Dining Commons, Garden Dining Room

Please join the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CACSW) and Chancellor Dorothy Leland during lunch to kick off the UC Merced...

UC Merced Campus

Join the NSF-CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) on Friday, Sept. 22 for a chance to: • See where science happens in lab tours...

Recreation Fields

Come support Bobcat women's soccer as they take on Simpson University.