The best way to explore what UC Merced has to offer is to visit the campus and see it firsthand. However, for prospective students and their family members who can’t make the trip, there is a new online tool that helps viewers get a glimpse of the state-of-the-art campus and see what it’s like to be a student.
The newly launched virtual tour will make it easier to experience campus — whether you are a prospective student who wants to see the campus from afar, a community member deciding where to park for an event, or a current student learning more about the campus.
“The interactive map will not replace in-person tours; it will complement them and provide access to locations where normal tours are not able to go,” said Dustin Noji, associate director for marketing and analysis in the Office of Admissions and Outreach. “With the virtual tour, we have the ability to show off the campus as well aggregate videos, pictures, faculty profiles and information associated with tour stops.”
The virtual tour — available online and eventually as a mobile app — features a full walking tour of the UC Merced campus with Admissions staffers Georgie Smith and Mark Greene serving as tour guides at each stop. Tours are available in English and will be available in Spanish soon.
Viewers can remotely explore places such as the Stem Cell Instrumentation Foundry, the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center, residence halls or the Sierra Nevada Research Institute in Wawona. In addition to 360-degree views, many of the tour stops include photos and videos.
Each year, new virtual tours, photos and videos are planned to be added to keep the site fresh and current as the campus continues to grow.
Once you are ready to visit the campus in person, contact the Visitor Center at 209-228-6316 or make a reservation online.