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Downtown Welcome
Hundreds of community members helped cut the ceremonial ribbon and open the campus’s new building in downtown Merced.
Fraternity and Sorority Council
Student organizations lead through community involvement, creativity and innovation.
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.

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

Professor Susana Ramirez
March 22, 2018
A new study from Professor Susana Ramirez explains why healthy-eating messages targeting assimilated Latinas might not be working.
Graduate programs in the natural sciences are among the many UC Merced graduate programs included in the newest U.S. News rankings of Best Graduate Schools.
March 20, 2018
At less than 13 years old, UC Merced’s rising national reputation has extended to its Graduate Division, with several science and engineering programs now ranked.
Jonathan Grady oversees UC Merced’s Office of Student Life, Calvin E. Bright Success Center  and the Student Response Team.
March 19, 2018

Working in education over the years, I have learned to never let inhospitable and toxic circumstances destroy one’s soul, but to use education as a way to empower, transform, radically heal and...

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Events and Happenings


UC Merced Campus

Spring Recess runs March 26 through 29. Enjoy your break!

Bobcat Lair

Undergrads: Give us 14 minutes...

UC Merced Campus

Campus offices will be closed in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.

Student Services Building, 170

Join us on the UC Merced campus for a presentation by Groundwater Resources Association 2018 David Keith Todd Distinguished Lecturer Jeff Mount....