Campus Profile

Key Facts
  • Opened in 2005
  • Economic Impact: $1.7 billion
  • Grant Funding: $17.3 million (FY 12-13)
  • Private Support: $5.04 million (FY 12-13)

The 10th campus in the prestigious University of California system, UC Merced is diverse, growing and committed to those ideals that serve the state, nation and world through research, education and public service.


The University of California, Merced's mission is embodied in its proud claim of being the first American research university of the twenty-first century. As the tenth campus of the University of California, UC Merced will achieve excellence in carrying out the University's mission of teaching, research and service, benefiting society through discovering and transmitting new knowledge and functioning as an active repository of organized knowledge. As a key tenet in carrying out this mission, UC Merced promotes and celebrates the diversity of all members of its community.

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Name Title
Dorothy Leland Chancellor
Tom Peterson Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Michael Reese
Samuel Traina Vice Chancellor for Research

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School Dean
School of Engineering E. Daniel Hirleman
School of Natural Sciences Juan Meza
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Mark S. Aldenderfer

UC Merced is also planning a School of Management and School of Medicine.



Academic research is a critical part of UC Merced's mission. The process of discovery provides our students with a deeper understanding of the world and its cultural, social, natural and engineered systems.

Students, Faculty and Staff (as of October 2013)

Total Number
Students 6,195
Undergraduate Students 5,837
Graduate Students 358
Faculty 407
Staff 920
Undergraduate Degrees Awarded 2,663
Graduate Degrees Awarded 87
Doctorate Degrees Awarded 68