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ranked 28 public university in the nation us news and world report
Ranked #28
Public University in the Nation

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ranked 3 in stat public colleges world street journal
RANKED #3
IN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES

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ranked 7 for advancing economic mobility third way's economic mobility index
RANKED #7
FOR ADVANCING ECONOMIC MOBILITY

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ranked 4 in advancing social mobility us news and world report
RANKED #4
IN ADVANCING SOCIAL MOBILITY

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UC Merced Featured on The College Tour

Explore the UC Merced experience through The College Tour student segments.

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

Innovative, interdisciplinary research is a cornerstone of UC Merced’s mission. Our San Joaquin Valley home and the nearby Sierra Nevada are living laboratories for studies that yield solutions for the region, California and beyond.

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

Innovative, interdisciplinary research is a cornerstone of UC Merced’s mission. Our San Joaquin Valley home and the nearby Sierra Nevada are living laboratories for studies that yield solutions for the region, California and beyond.

STUDENT LIFE

UC Merced students have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to help create the student life experience for those who will follow. Check out how our students influence UC Merced below.

Inside UC Merced Publication

ATTEND UC MERCED

Make a difference and leave your mark on the newest UC campus

UNDERGRADUATE

UC Merced is the ideal place for first-year students to begin their academic journey or for transfer students to discover fresh challenges in a unique environment.

FIRST-YEAR ADMISSIONS

TRANSFER ADMISSIONS

GRADUATE

From Quantitative and Systems Biology to Mechanical Engineering and numerous niches between, UC Merced’s 18 graduate programs give students a rewarding path to discovery, achievement and personal growth.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

MAJORS & MINORS

UC Merced offers 25 majors, 25 minors, and 18 graduate programs taught by more than 450 faculty members, along with visiting professors and lecturers from some of the world's top-ranked universities. The list will grow as the young campus expands enrollment and deepens its academic influence.

SEE ALL MAJORS AND MINORS

EVENTS CALENDAR

Keep up with what’s happening at UC Merced with our interactive calendar. Search for workshops, lectures, professional development opportunities, sports events, and more.

UPCOMING EVENTS

EXPLORE UC MERCED

UC Merced is a community bound by student success, exceptional research, dynamic teaching and commitment to diversity. In this publication, discover current research advancements, delve into student experiences and explore the grounds with an interactive campus map.

Inside UC Merced Publication

It’s Official: UC Merced to Compete in NCAA Division II Athletics

UC Merced will begin Division II competition after official acceptance Thursday by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). The university will begin NCAA Division II competition in the 2025-26 academic year and will be fully eligible for postseason in 2026-27.

Nine of the Bobcats’ 12 intercollegiate varsity programs will compete in the CCCA (California Collegiate Athletic Association) conference. Men’s and women’s water polo will join the Western Water Polo Association. Men’s volleyball is applying for membership in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

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