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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.
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.
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

October 18, 2018

UC Merced has long served as an educational opportunity for undocumented students and their families. A new grant will ensure the university can help more scholars realize their academic, career and...

October 17, 2018

If you’re an American with Internet access, you’ve probably done it. You get a headache, a sniffle or a mystery bruise, and instead of seeing your doctor, you consult “Dr. Google.” According to some...

October 15, 2018

It’s that time of year again - time to show your Bobcat pride at UC Merced’s annual Homecoming celebration. Students, staff, faculty, alumni and the community are welcome to the two-day event, which...

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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...

Student Housing, Alpine Room

UC Merced’s polling station will be open Nov. 6 from 7a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Alpine Room. In previous years, while anyone registered to vote in...

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...

UC Merced Campus, SSB, COB, labs

The NSF-CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) is holding its second annual open house and external advisory board meeting Monday...