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Chancellor Dorothy Leland, mascot Rufus Bobcat and the campus's cheer team lead students across Scholars Lane Bridge.
Campus Welcomes New Students
This year, 7,900 undergraduate students are calling UC Merced home. Classes began for all students and faculty members on Aug. 22.
Image of a female UC Merced researcher in a lab with a superimposed logo from U.S. News & World Report.
UC Merced Among the Top 100 Public Universities
In just its 14th academic year, UC Merced made a giant leap in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, rising to No. 67 among national public universities.
Fraternity and Sorority Council
Student organizations lead through community involvement, creativity and innovation.
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.
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

September 19, 2018

Civil and environmental engineering Professor Erin Hestir’s proposal for a unique system of mapping mercury in the waters of the San Francisco Delta has won her and her team of collaborators a $1.7...

Jaapna Dhillon is UC Merced’s first postdoctoral researcher to receive a Pathway to Independence Award from the National Instit
September 17, 2018

Jaapna Dhillon had no idea that studying how almonds affect health would win her a huge advantage in securing a tenure-track position. But Dhillon just became UC Merced’s first postdoctoral...

Donna Riley of Purdue University addresses a packed house at UC Merced, where she discussed the root causes of inequality in STEM.
September 17, 2018

UC Merced is uniquely positioned to be a change agent in how the academy addresses diversity in STEM, said Professor Donna Riley, the Kamyar Haghighi Head of Purdue’s School of Engineering Education...

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Events and Happenings


Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve

Join naturalists on an easy stroll through the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve to observe plants, mammals, birds and other animal life...

Merced Theatre/Art Kamangar Center

The University of California, Merced is pleased to honor Rigoberta Menchú Tum as the 12th distinguished recipient of the Alice and Clifford Spendlove...

Classroom and Office Building 2, 140

Professor Hakeem M. Oluseyi’s distinguished career in academia and scientific research has garnered numerous professional honors including selection...

UC Merced Campus

UC Merced's annual Family Weekend welcomes parents and other family members to campus to visit their students, explore the campus and participate in...