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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

July 18, 2018

Fred Ruiz’s support of UC Merced goes back decades and includes substantial contributions through philanthropy, advocacy and service. For his commitment to UC Merced and to education in the San...

July 11, 2018

A new two-year project at UC Merced aims to bring academic and non-academic researchers together to recast the role of the humanities in public policy and, ultimately, improve the lives of San...

Students tend the UC Merced Campus Community Garden.
July 10, 2018

UC Merced demonstrated that it’s living up to its reputation for being “green from the ground up” by winning five awards — more than any other University of California campus — in the 14th annual...

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Events and Happenings


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...


The Office of Student Life and the Splash into Summer Program are hosting an end-of-summer barbecue that's open to staff, students and faculty, at...

UC Merced Campus

Come and get to know your fellow Bobcats and strengthen your class bonds as the Splash into Summer Program hosts a block party for all UC Merced...

Off-Campus, Downtown Campus Center

If you've considered teaching K-12 but think you have to hold a baccalaureate in education to do so, here's some great news: You can hold a degree...