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Admitted Student Events

UC Merced students during Bridge Crossing

 

BECOME A BOBCAT!

Visiting UC Merced is the best way to gain first-hand knowledge of our academic programs, housing, and student life. We offer several on campus, off-campus, and online events for admitted students. We invite you to join us for the chance to find out what makes our campus so special and look forward to meeting you soon!


BOBCAT DAY

Beginnings SculptureWhen: April 20, 2024
Where: UC Merced Campus

Bobcat Day is our biggest event of the spring! See UC Merced at its liveliest and take a campus tour, meet with faculty, attend presentations from our academic schools, talk to Financial Aid and Admissions staff, discover student clubs and organizations, and much more.
 

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REGIONAL ADMISSION RECEPTIONS

Beginnings SculptureWhen: April 2024
Where: Los Angeles, North Valley, South Valley and Bay Area

UC Merced is proud to welcome admitted students and their families or guests to join us at our Admitted Student Regional Receptions. Hear about our academic programs and hands-on learning opportunities from our outstanding faculty members, and get answers to your questions - from the campus experience to student services such as housing and financial aid.
 

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Upcoming In-Person Events  

April 1 - 26, 2024

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Experience UC Merced

Admitted and prospective first-year and transfer scholars are invited to immerse themselves in the exhilarating "Experience UC Merced" program. This exclusive event promises an exciting array of opportunities where you can:

  • Embark on an academic adventure as you step into the heart of UC Merced's classrooms, gaining firsthand experience of our dynamic and innovative teaching methods.
  • Savor a delectable lunch at the renowned Pavilion Dining, where culinary delights meet vibrant campus culture.
  • Take a captivating journey through our picturesque campus, guided by our knowledgeable tour experts.
  • Unleash your curiosity and uncover the endless possibilities at UC Merced.

April 7, 2024
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Los Angeles Regional Admission Reception

UC Merced is proud to welcome admitted students and their families or guests to join us at our Admitted Student Regional Reception in Universal City, CA. Hear about our academic programs and hands-on learning opportunities from our outstanding faculty members, and get answers to your questions - from the campus experience to student services such as housing and financial aid.

April 10, 2024
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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South Valley Regional Admission Reception

UC Merced is proud to welcome admitted students and their families or guests to join us at our Admitted Student Regional Reception in the South Valley in Visalia, CA. Hear about our academic programs and hands-on learning opportunities from our outstanding faculty members, and get answers to your questions - from the campus experience to student services such as housing and financial aid.

April 12, 2024
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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North Valley Regional Admission Reception

UC Merced is proud to welcome admitted students and their families or guests to join us at our Admitted Student Regional Reception in Modesto, CA. Hear about our academic programs and hands-on learning opportunities from our outstanding faculty members, and get answers to your questions - from the campus experience to student services such as housing and financial aid.

April 14, 2024
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Bay Area Regional Admission Reception

UC Merced is proud to welcome admitted students and their families or guests to join us at our Admitted Student Regional Reception in Santa Clara, CA. Hear about our academic programs and hands-on learning opportunities from our outstanding faculty members, and get answers to your questions - from the campus experience to student services such as housing and financial aid.

   
   

Upcoming Virtual Events

 

March 12, 2024 @ 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Become a Bobcat: Virtual Celebration - First Year Celebration & Next Steps Presentation

Congratulations, you’re admitted! Kick off your admission to the University of California, Merced by celebrating with the campus community. Hear what it means to become a Bobcat from campus
leadership and current students and discover the benefits of attending UC Merced. We will share upcoming admitted student events, important dates and deadlines, and what to expect as you prepare for Fall 2024.

March 19, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: Housing, TAPS, Dining

Join us to learn about housing, dining, transportation and parking services at UC Merced. Discover the benefits of on-campus living and how we support our students through our Living and Learning Communities (LLCs). During the webinar, you will learn about on and off campus housing options, on-campus dining amenities and student parking.

 

March 26, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: WUE / International Admits

Come learn about the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program and the nonresident tuition savings it provides. Get answers to your questions about WUE, including eligibility criteria, steps to apply and more. UC Merced is the only University of California campus to offer the WUE tuition discount.

Are you an International Student? Congratulations on your admission! Do you know UC Merced can be an excellent match for you? We understand that embarking on a new academic journey in a different country is both exciting and challenging, and we are here to ensure a smooth transition for you.

March 27, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: MAAP Presentation

UC Merced is excited to share information regarding its Merced Automatic Admissions Program (MAAP). Current 11th grade high school students and their families are invited to learn about how they can partake in the MAAP program and receive guaranteed admission to UC Merced prior to applying for college. We are eager to share with students and families how this unique and free opportunity can open a world of possibilities. Students and their families will additionally learn more about what UC Merced has to offer. Current UC Merced students will share their personal experience and journeys transitioning from high school to UC Merced.

 

March 28, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: Fostering Latinx Success

We invite you to connect with members of our Latinx community at UC Merced and learn about the different resources, opportunities, and staff that will help you thrive at the university and beyond. Take some time to listen to the unique experiences of some of our Latinx students as they navigate higher education and find community in the heart of California!

 

April 2, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: Bright Success Center Services

The Calvin E. Bright Success Center is designed to provide support in the areas of educational equity and access, learning support, and transition to and through the university which empower students to achieve their academic, personal, and career goals and dreams. Join this webinar to learn more about how we foster an inclusive campus for marginalized communities and empower our students.

 

April 3, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering and Data Science and Analytics

Come learn about Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Data Science and Analytics at UC Merced. Find out about the courses students take, the faculty in the program, research opportunities, and the job opportunities available for graduates. 

April 8, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: Pre-Health / Pre-Law

If you are considering a career in law or health care, join our Pre-Law and Pre-Health Advising Professional Programs to hear how they prepare you for graduate or professional school in the law and medical fields. Our rigorous interdisciplinary programs will share the opportunities and services available for students to engage in leadership, research, networking, and resources to navigate the best health or law career pathway for you.

 

April 16, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: Transfer Admit Celebration & Next Steps Presentation

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April 17, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: Housing, TAPS, Dining

Join us to learn about housing, dining, transportation and parking services at UC Merced. Discover the benefits of on-campus living and how we support our students through our Living and Learning Communities (LLCs). During the webinar, you will learn about on and off campus housing options, on-campus dining amenities and student parking.

 

April 18, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: Parent Webinar

Your student has recently been admitted to the University of California, Merced; it can feel chaotic, but we have years and years of experiential knowledge to ensure this new journey runs smoothly. Join us to hear more about communicating with your students through their transition to UC Merced. You would also learn how to stay informed on what is happening on campus.

 

April 23, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: Native American and Indigenous Community

Here at UC Merced we recognize the unique experience and diversity within our Native and Indigenous students, staff, and faculty. This webinar will feature key faculty on our campus who have been instrumental in cultivating inclusive space for our Native and Indigenous students and hear from our current students about their experience at UC Merced. Join us for this webinar to learn about our community and how we celebrate it!

 

April 24, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: Social Justice Initiatives & Identity Programs

The Office of Social Justice & Identity Programs aims to enhance the retention of our historically underserved scholars and to foster an inclusive campus environment for all by providing opportunities for holistic development, intersectional community building, and student agency. Join this webinar to learn more about how we foster an inclusive campus for marginalized communities and empower our students.

 

April 25, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: Office of Student Involvement

We are 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!

 

April 30, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: Financial Aid Letter and More

Join the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships webinar to learn about how to understand your financial aid offer letter and the various types of aid you may be eligible to receive. You will learn about the next steps to securing your aid and important dates and deadlines. You will also learn the benefits of attending UC Merced.

May 1, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: How to Secure Housing & Prepare for Fall 2024

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May 7, 2024 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

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Become a Bobcat: Spring TAG Webinar

Interested in submitting a Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) to UC Merced for Spring 2024? Join us to learn more about the requirements and how to submit a TAG through the UC TAP!

 

   

PAST EVENTS - 2023

 

DATES VIRTUAL / ON-DEMAND REPLAYS

November 2, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

Next Steps for Spring 2024 SIRed Students

This webinar will provide students with an overview of next steps. Participants will gain valuable resources and knowledge about upcoming dates, deadlines and activities that are designed to prepare students to successfully begin attending UC Merced in spring 2024.

August 9, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

Housing

This session will provide an overview of the on-campus move-in process for fall 2023. Move-in is scheduled for August 17-20 (you will select your move-in date on April 18th). Parking, check-in, services, and volunteers will be reviewed, as well as some helpful tips to ensure a successful move-in weekend.

 

August 3, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording available soon

 

Got Bill$?

The fall fee payment deadline is 8/16/23; join us for this live event to learn more about your financial responsibilities. Staff from our Student Billing Services team will review tools and resources that will guide you through fee payment deadlines, understanding your bill (and monthly statements) and the payment plan opportunity. The session will include a live Q&A for participants.

 

July 25, 2023 @ 11 am - 12 pm

Recording available soon

 

Student Employment & Career Services

This session will provide a live demo of the Handshake system; the tool students use to search and apply for on-campus job opportunities. The Student Employment Center will guide students through finding and starting an on-campus job. The session will also introduce students to UC Merced’s Student Career Center. Participants will learn how to utilize the services the Student Career Center provides, including exploring career pathways, designing an effective resume, and acquiring internships during their time at UC Merced.

 

July 13, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UCSHIP), Vaccines and more

Have questions about health insurance and required immunizations? If so, this webinar is for you! We invite you to join us for this online event to learn more about university requirements related to health insurance and immunization compliance. Staff from our Student Health Center will host a live Q&A session at the end of the presentation. Participants will thoroughly understand their health-related requirements and the resources available as UC Merced students.

 

June 21, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

New Student Registration

This webinar will help new students prepare for the fall 2023 course registration experience. In this session, UCM staff will provide an overview of the registration process and discuss tools available to support students. The webinar will include opportunities to ask questions.

 

June 13, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Recording Available

 

Financing Your University Education

This webinar will inform new students and their families about Financial Aid, Registrar, Students First Center and Student Business Services. It will focus on learning about the different types of aid, the direct cost worksheet, understanding their offer letter, FERPA, and how to pay your university bill.

 

May 24, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

I said Yes! What's Next?

This webinar will provide students with an overview of next steps. Participants will gain valuable resources and knowledge about upcoming dates, deadlines, and activities designed to prepare students to begin attending UC Merced in fall 2023 successfully.

 

May 23, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

Transfer Students - Next Steps

Congratulations on your admission to UC Merced! Join us to learn more about the next steps after receiving your admission decision. Our Admissions staff will provide more information regarding the next steps and important dates and deadlines for admitted transfer students. You’ll also have an opportunity to learn more about UC Merced resources and opportunities for transfer students.

 

May 22, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

Housing 101: How to Secure Housing & Prepare for Fall 23

This webinar will focus on finalizing housing needs as you prepare to embark on your journey as a Bobcat. We will cover topics ranging from signing your contract, roommate selection, to key dates and deadlines of other requirements during the summer months, including orientation and placement exams.

 

May 10, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm 

Recording Available

 

Next Steps for Fall 2023 Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to UC Merced! But what’s next? Join the Admissions Team as we walk you through the next steps after receiving your admissions decision. We will share how UC Merced may be the right fit for you, important dates and deadlines for admitted first-year students, and the opportunity to answer your questions.

 

May 3, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

Transfer Admit Celebration

Congratulations on being admitted to UC Merced! Admitted transfer students will have an opportunity to learn about campus resources, opportunities, and connect with current students, staff, and faculty. This event will be virtual and students will be able to interact via
Zoom and ask questions.

 

April 27, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

Office of Student Involvement

We are 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!

 

April 25, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm 

Recording Available

 

Discover Housing, Transportation and Parking Services

Join us to learn about housing, dining, transportation and parking services at UC Merced. Discover the benefits of on-campus living and how we support our students through our Living and Learning Communities (LLCs). During the webinar, you will learn about on and off campus housing options, on-campus dining amenities and student parking.

 

April 25, 2023 @ 6 pm - 7 pm

Recording Available

 

First Year Students, Next Steps Presentation

Congratulations on your admission to UC Merced! But what’s next? Join the Admissions Team as we walk you through the next steps after receiving your admissions decision. We will share how UC Merced may be the right fit for you, important dates and deadlines for admitted first-year students, and the opportunity to answer your questions.

 

April 20, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

UC Merced Asian American Community

Here at UC Merced we recognize and honor the vast diversity that exists within our Asian American community. Please join us as we highlight staff, faculty, and student voices. You'll be able to hear about inclusive initiatives on campus, learn more about classroom and research experience, and engage with our guest speakers.

 

April 19, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

Social Justice & Identity Programs

The Office of Social Justice & Identity Programs aims to enhance the retention of our historically underserved scholars and to foster an inclusive campus environment for all by providing opportunities for holistic development, intersectional community building, and student agency. Join this webinar to learn more about how we foster an inclusive campus for marginalized communities and empower our students.

 

April 18, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

UC Merced's Pre-Health

If you are considering a career in healthcare, join our Pre-Health Advising Professional Programs to hear how they prepare you for graduate or professional school in the medical fields. Our rigorous interdisciplinary programs will share the opportunities and services available for students to engage in leadership, research, networking, and resources to navigate the best health or law career pathway for you.

 

April 13, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

UC Merced's Native/Indigenous Community

Here at UC Merced we recognize the unique experience and diversity within our Native and Indigenous students, staff, and faculty. This webinar will feature key faculty on our campus who have been instrumental in cultivating inclusive space for our Native and Indigenous students and hear from our current students about their experience at UC Merced. Join us for this webinar to learn about our community and how we celebrate it!

 

April 6, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

Empowering Undocumented Student Success

Welcome! We invite you to connect with our campus community and explore how UC Merced works towards creating a safe and inclusive space that is built for ALL undocumented students to thrive, both at the university and beyond. During this webinar, we will highlight undocumented and AB540 campus resources, share how UC Merced may be the right fit for you, and provide the opportunity to ask our team questions.

 

April 4, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

UC Merced's Guardian Scholars

Learn how the Guardian Scholars Program and Underground Scholars Initiative provide a sustainablenetwork of academic and personal support services at UC Merced that promotes degree attainment for students who have experienced the foster care system, homelessness, incarceration, and/or system-impacted incarceration. These programs strive to create a welcoming and inclusive space through programming and services designed to help build community, identify their strengths, and utilize their resources.

 

 

March 29, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

UC Merced's Latinx Community

We invite you to connect with members of our Latinx community at UC Merced and learn about the different resources, involvements, and staff on-campus that will help you thrive at the university and beyond. Take some time to listen to the unique experiences of some of our Latinx students as they navigate higher education and find community in the heart of California!

 

March 28, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

First Year Students, Next Steps Presentation

Congratulations on your admission to UC Merced! But what’s next? Join the Admissions Team as we walk you through the next steps after receiving your admissions decision. We will share how UC Merced may be the right fit for you, important dates and deadlines for admitted first-year students, and the opportunity to answer your questions.

March 27, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

Understanding Your Financial Aid Offer Letter & More

Join us to learn about understanding your financial aid award letter and how aid is paid to students (Disbursements). Financial aid is disbursed to your student billing account no earlier than 10 days prior to the first day of instruction. It can be challenging for students and parents to navigate the financial management process of college. We are here to assist where we can.

 

March 14, 2023 @ 7 pm - 8 pm

Recording Available

 

First Year Students, Next Steps Presentation

Congratulations on your admission to UC Merced! But what’s next? Join the Admissions Team as we walk you through the next steps after receiving your admissions decision. We will share how UC Merced may be the right fit for you, important dates and deadlines for admitted first-year students, and the opportunity to answer your questions.

 

March 7, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Recording Available

 

You're Admitted! Celebrate with Bobcats

Congratulations, you’re admitted! Kick off your admission to the University of California, Merced by celebrating with the campus community. Hear what it means to become a Bobcat from campus leadership and current students and discover the benefits of attending UC Merced. We will share upcoming admitted student events, important dates and deadlines, and what to expect as you prepare for Fall 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

PAST EVENTS - 2023

 
DATES IN-PERSON

April 3 - 28, 2023

Event has Concluded

 

Experience UC Merced

Admitted first year and transfer scholars are invited to participate in this year's Experience UC Merced program. During Experience UC Merced, admitted scholars will have an opportunity to:

  • Enjoy the classroom experience
  • Dine in the Pavilion Dining center for lunch
  • Receive a campus tour
  • Explore UC Merced 

 

April 3 - 28, 2023

Event has Concluded

 

Inside UC Merced

First year and transfer admitted students are invited to participate in this year's Inside UC Merced. During this event, admitted students will have the opportunity to:

  • Experience living on campus
  • Enjoy the classroom experience
  • Dine in the Pavilion
  • Explore UC Merced

 

April 15, 2023 at 1pm

Event has Concluded

 

Anaheim Admissions Reception

UC Merced is proud to welcome admitted students and their families or guests to join us at our Anaheim Admission Reception. Hear about our academic programs and hands-on learning opportunities from our outstanding faculty members, and get answers to your questions - from the campus experience to student services such as housing and financial aid.

 

April 16, 2023 at 1pm

Event has Concluded

 

Los Angeles Area Regional Admissions Reception

UC Merced is proud to welcome admitted students and their families or guests to join us at our Los Angeles Admission Reception in Universal City, Calif. 

Hear about our academic programs and hands-on learning opportunities from our outstanding faculty members, and get answers to your questions - from the campus experience to student services such as housing and financial aid.

 

April 22, 2023

Event has Concluded

 

Black Bobcat Reception @ Bobcat Day

We are excited to invite you to a special reception, the Black Bobcat Reception, where you will be able to meet with staff and students of UC Merced’s Black community. You’ll meet other incoming First Year and Transfer students, be introduced to campus resources, have an opportunity to ask questions and get a head start in networking with future peers!

 

April 22, 2023

Event has Concluded

 

Native American / Indigenous Reception @ Bobcat Day

We are excited to invite you to a special reception, the Native American / Indigenous Reception, where you will be able to meet with staff and students of UC Merced's Native American / Indigenous community. You'll meet other incoming First Year and Transfer students, be introduced to campus resources, have an opportunity to ask questions and get a head start in networking with future peers!

 

 

April 22, 2023

Event has Concluded

 

LatinX Reception @ Bobcat Day

We are excited to invite you to a special reception, the LatinX Reception, where you will be able to meet with staff and students of UC Merced’s LatinX community. You’ll meet other incoming First Year and Transfer students, be introduced to campus resources, have an opportunity to ask questions and get a head start in networking with future peers!

 

April 22, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Event has Concluded

 

Transfer Bobcat Reception @ Bobcat Day

Join us to learn more about resources and opportunities available at UC Merced for transfer students. Students will also be able to connect with UC Merced staff and current transfer bobcats during the event.

 

April 29, 2023

Event has Concluded

 

Spotlight UC Merced

Spotlight UC Merced serves as a valuable chance for first year students to ask any final questions they may have as they weigh their options. Students can find out about housing, student life, financial aid, academic opportunities, and more. Admitted transfer students are invited to attend as well and learn more about the Bobcat experience!

This half-day introduction to UC Merced is the last event in April for admitted students.

 

 

May 17, 2023 - 10am - 6pm

Event has Concluded

 

Transfer Day

Transfer Day is intended to provide admitted transfer students with the information they need to be successful at UC Merced in the fall. Students who attend will have an opportunity to tour the campus, learn about resources and opportunities, connect with current transfer students, and submit any supplemental documents at the Students First Center (SFC).

 

May 20, 2023 - 10am - 6pm

Event has Concluded

Transfer Day

Transfer Day is intended to provide admitted transfer students with the information they need to be successful at UC Merced in the fall. Students who attend will have an opportunity to tour the campus, learn about resources and opportunities, connect with current transfer students, and submit any supplemental documents at the Students First Center (SFC).