University of California, Merced

Merced, California, United States
UC Merced opened Sept. 5, 2005, as the newest campus in the University of California Opens a New Window. system and the first American research university of the 21st century. Situated near Yosemite National Park, the campus significantly expands access to the UC system for students throughout the state, with a special mission to increase college-going rates among students in the San Joaquin Valley. It also serves as a major base of advanced research, a model of sustainable design and construction, and a stimulus to economic growth and diversification throughout the region.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)

About

History

The history of UC Merced dates back to 1988, when the UC Regents Opens a New Window.first authorized planning for at least one additional campus based on projections of long-range enrollment demand. From an initial review of more than 80 sites in the San Joaquin Valley, 20 were initially advanced for additional study.

Education

UC Merced’s three schools -  the School of Engineering Opens a New Window., School of Natural Sciences Opens a New Window., and School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Opens a New Window. -  offer undergraduate and graduate programs, resources and laboratories that enrich students’ educational experiences.

Research

Just like at other UC campuses, 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, but more, it solves issues and challenges that are critical to the growth, health and overall well-being of the region, the state, nation and world.Our researchers are conducting groundbreaking work in diabetes, cancer, bacterial diseases, antibiotic resistance, solar energy, climate change, water quality and availability, ecology, engineering, archeology, cultures, history, political science, computer science and much, much more.

Career

Career - Explore career areas

  • Trial and error jobs
  • Take career assessments
  • Attend career fairs
  • Attend career planning workshops or meet with a career counselor individually

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2018
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2017
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2016
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

The Office of Student Life is here to encourage involvement in campus life, support student initiatives and serve as a primary liaison for students. Education happens both inside and outside the classroom and a successful college career includes social as well as intellectual development. Invest in your own success by getting involved!

Housing services

  • Valley Terraces
  • The Summits  Tenaya Hall
  • The Summits  Half Dome
  • The Summits  Cathedral Hall
  • Tuolumne Hall
  • Sierra Terraces  Tuolumne Hall
  • Mariposa Hall
  • Sierra Terraces 
  •  Mariposa Hall

Library services

In keeping with the University’s mission of teaching, research and service, the mission of the UC Merced Library is to achieve excellence by meeting the diverse research, teaching and public service needs of UC Merced researchers (students, faculty and staff) with targeted, quality collections and relevant services that effectively and efficiently support the research life-cycle of finding, using, creating and managing information.

ICT services

The primary mission of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at UC Merced is to provide students, faculty, and staff high quality infrastructure, support, and innovation in the delivery of information technology products and services. We believe that information technology should be an easily accessible and a continually improving resource, both robust in scope, and flexible enough to support the growing needs of the campus community.

Medical services

The Health Care Facilitator Program can assist you with:

  • Understanding your insurance plan evidence of coverage booklet
  • Medicare questions and problems
  • Navigating your health plan systems
  • Quality of care issues
  • Escalated billing problems which you have been unable to resolve yourself
  • Appeals and grievances
  • Denial of treatment issues not related to enrollment/eligibility

Student Life

Campus life

UC Merced students have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to help create the student life experience for those who will follow. They are invited to add to campus traditions, create new student organizations and activities, and offer ideas on student services, planning priorities and university growth and development.

Sports facilities

UC Merced’s Athletics Opens a New Window. and Recreation Opens a New Window. program offers an abundant assortment of activities to develop the body, from group fitness classes and sports clubs to intramural sports and outdoor activities.

Student clubs

  • Anthropology Society 
  • Club Chess 
  • Club Fraternity and Sorority Life 
  • Greek Life 
  • Go Cart Racing 
  • Radio Club

Accreditation

UC Merced was granted Initial Accreditation in July 2011 for a seven year period, the maximum term possible for a newly accredited institution. This achievement confirms our educational effectiveness as demonstrated through a comprehensive, multi-year review process.  Most importantly, it reflects the dedication of our faculty, students, and staff to pursuing excellence in our mission of teaching, research, and service.

Merced, California, United States