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UC Merced Named Education Dive's University of the Year
Education Dive named UC Merced "University of the Year” in their 2018 Dive Awards, honoring the industry’s top disruptors and innovators.
UC Merced Commencement 2019
More than 1,300 graduates will earn their degree at UC Merced's 14th Commencement exercises on May 18 and 19.
Shakespeare in Yosemite
Shakespeare in Yosemite is a unique experience where theater and nature collide for a magnificent experience.
Merced 2020 - Building the Future in the Heart of California
Merced 2020 is an unprecedented $1.3 billion public-private partnership that will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus and support enrollment growth to 10,000 students.
Celebrating Diversity
UC Merced promotes a climate of diversity, equity and inclusion through strategic initiatives and resources for the campus community.  

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

Merced native and Olympic bronze medalist Margie Dingeldein will be the keynote speaker at the Ma Kelley events later this month.
April 17, 2019

Success under the most intense pressure has always come naturally for Margaret “Margie” Dingeldein. A water polo standout at Merced High School, Dingeldein helped the U.S. win a bronze medal at the...

Everyone is invited to cheer on the campus’s Grad Slam semi-finalists as they present their research talks from 1-4 p.m. April 18 in the California Room.
April 16, 2019

UC Merced’s Graduate Division will host its Grad Slam competition on April 18 with graduate scholars presenting on topics ranging from Valley Fever immune response and antibiotic resistance to...

Chancellor Dorothy Leland was joined by UC Merced students, staff, alumni and trustees at the second annual UC Merced Day in Sacramento.
April 11, 2019

Just days after visiting the nation’s capital, Chancellor Dorothy Leland trekked to the state capital to advocate for the campus and the UC system as part of UC Merced Day. In the second annual UC...

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Events and Happenings


UC Merced Campus, Various: COB1, COB2, Gym

Innovate to Grow is the annual showcase of UC Merced student ingenuity and entrepreneurship. Register at Schedule: http://bit...

Yosemite National Park

Join us for a special eco-theater, 90-minute production of the Shakespearean comedy "As You Like It," adapted especially for its unique location by...

UC Merced Campus

Cowchella is the annual spring concert for UC Merced students, hosted by the ASUCM Campus Activities Board The show takes place from 7-11 p.m....

Yosemite National Park

Join us for a special eco-theater, 90-minute production of the Shakespearean comedy "As You Like It" adapted especially for its unique location by...