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The Journey Begins
Chancellor Dorothy Leland leads the way as approximately 2,300 first-year and transfer students participate in the campus’s annual Scholars Lane Bridge Crossing.

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

Three summer programs offer high school students the opportunity to spend time on a college campus and learn subjects ranging from mathematics and technology.
August 13, 2018

Araceli Hernandez could have been playing video games, swimming or sleeping in over summer break, but instead she was doing math. And she’s happy about it. Hernandez took part in one of three summer...

A kneeling woman holds the skull of a saber-toothed cat in front of a chest of drawers containing fossils.
August 10, 2018

Paleoecology Professor Jessica Blois recently became the campus’s 19th recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award. The NSF describes as...

Summer programs offer younger students the opportunity to spend time on the UC Merced campus and learn subjects ranging from leadership to science and technology.
August 6, 2018

Taking part in a summer program can help students develop new skills, get hands-on experience, meet other students with similar interests and get a taste of college life. It’s also a plus on college...

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Events and Happenings


UC Merced Campus

Move-In Weekend is one of several events kicking off the 2018-19 academic year. Come out and help the new students and show them and their families...

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...

Scholars Lane

Show your support by joining us on Scholars Lane Bridge to welcome this year’s incoming class of first-year and transfer students. Chancellor...

UC Merced Campus

Let classes begin! Make sure you know where all your classes are located. Don't hesitate to ask for directions and have a wonderful first day of...