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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

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June 14, 2018
Biology Professor Anna Beaudin receives UC Merced's second Pew Biomedical Scholar fellowship.
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June 8, 2018
Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe was selected by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine to serve as a member of their newest initiative — New Voices in Sciences, Engineering and...
UC Merced volunteers collect food donations during the 2017 We Care Wednesday Community Food Drive at the Merced County Fair. The goal is to collect 10,000 pounds of food.
June 4, 2018

UC Merced is partnering with the Merced County Fair to support Mercy Medical Center’s “We Care Wednesday” Community Food Drive. Anyone can join the fight against hunger and gain free admittance to...

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Events and Happenings


UC Merced Campus

Summer Session B begins June 18 and runs through Aug. 10.

Student Activities and Athletics Center, 209

Campus community members interested in supporting UC Merced’s undocumented students can sign up for UndocuAlly training this summer. Two two-day...

Bobcat Lair

Faculty members and students are invited to this event from 10 a.m. to noon June 20 in the Bobcat Lair. Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will be...

UC Merced Campus

Summer Session C runs from July 2 through Aug. 10.