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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

Pictured left to right: Graduate Dean Marjorie Zatz, students Craig Ennis, Portia Mira and Michelle Len, and Associate Dean Chris Kello
April 19, 2018

After a fierce round of competition during last week’s UC Merced GradSlam! finals, the third time was the charm for quantitative and systems biology (QSB) student Portia Mira, who emerged as the...

Kimberly Ramirez Gonzalez will speak to thousands of youth at WE Day California April 19.
April 18, 2018

Kimberly Ramirez Gonzalez has been advocating for youth for four years and she is committed to dedicating the rest of her life to doing so. The third-year UC Merced student takes the stage April 19...

April 16, 2018

Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the national organ transplant waiting list, and about once every hour, someone on the list is removed — either because they died while waiting or grew too ill...

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Events and Happenings


Off-Campus, Merced College Theatre

ARTS UC Merced Presents: Vijay Iyer Sextet 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the Merced College Theater, 3600 M St.m Merced. "Iyer...brings together a dream...

UC Merced Campus

Classes are over and it's almost the end of the semester.

UC Merced Campus

Final exams will be administered Saturday, May 5 and Monday, May 7, through Friday, May 11.

Joseph Edward Gallo Gymnasium, various

Innovate to Grow is the annual showcase of UC Merced student ingenuity and entrepreneurship. This year marks UC Merced and the School of Engineering...