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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

May 23, 2018
UC Merced biology students studying lizard evolution in the Aegean discovered that a common lizard species was engaging in cannibalism.
Vice Chancellor Ed Klotzbier, Monique de Villa (’16), Danielle Armedilla (’12), and Chancellor Dorothy Leland
May 23, 2018

In creating scholarships to help future generations of Bobcats succeed, UC Merced staff members and alumnae Monique de Villa (’16) and Danielle Armedilla (’12) are cementing the legacy they are...

May 21, 2018

Violet Barton remembers her teenage years doing quadratic equations by candlelight to a soundtrack of bombs and bullets as the Salvadoran Civil War raged around her. She was forced to migrate to the...

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Off-Campus, Downtown Campus Center

Have you ever considered entering the rewarding career of teaching K-12 but think you have to hold a baccalaureate in education to do so? The great...