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  1. Where can I find dates and deadlines?
  2. What is the connect.ucmerced.edu platform?
  3. Where do I find my student checklist?
  4. What is my UC Merced email address?
  5. Does UC Merced provide accommodations for
    students with disabilities?
  6. What is the Entry Level Writing Requirement?
  7. How can I get a job at UC Merced?
  8. Where can I get textbooks?
  9. What transportation and parking options are there?
  10. Where can I find the UC Merced student code of conduct?
  11. How do I cancel my SIR?
  12. A-Z List of Services

1. Where can I find dates and deadlines?

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2. What is the Connect student portal?

The connect.ucmerced.edu student platform is where you can find updated, secure, 24-hour access to comprehensive information about Financial Aid, Admissions, registration, records and more. 

Student services found in your portal:

  • My Financial Aid will link you to your individual student awards as well as student requirements.
  • My Admissions will link you to any outstanding Conditions of Admission you need to fulfill.
  • My Bill will link you to your student account, where you can manage payments and much more.
  • Student Checklist is your personalized checklist of requirements that need to be fulfilled.
  • UC Merced Email can be accessed from your portal.

 

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3. Where do I find my student checklist?

Your student checklist can be found in the connect.ucmerced.edu. As a new student, there are a number of steps you need to complete before you get to campus. Your personalized checklist will guide you through this process. 

Note: Each student will have different Financial Aid, Admissions, registration, and residency requirements that will need to be fulfilled.

Learn how to navigate the checklist with this helpful video and other screenshots with detailed explanations from our Students First Center

 

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4. What is my UC Merced email address?

You were provided with a UC Merced email address when you submitted your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). It is important to check your UC Merced email, because that is where we send important information. Visit the connect.ucmerced.edu student platform and click on the tab “WebMail” at the top of the page after you log in. 

You can opt to forward University email communications to a different account. In those instances, it is your responsibility to ensure that all information sent to your official University-assigned email account, including attachments, is properly forwarded to that other email account. 

Student Email Account Responsibilities:

Pursuant to campus policy, all UC Merced students are responsible for taking the following actions:

  • Activating their university-assigned email account, preferably upon expressing their intent to register or as soon thereafter as possible
  • Accessing all information sent to their university-assigned email account
  • Managing their university-assigned computing and email accounts

For more information about terms of use and responsibilities, view the Acceptable Use Policy.

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5. Do you have disability services?

In order to ensure equal access to all of UC Merced’s academic programs and activities, students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Student Accessibility Services at 209-228-6996 as soon possible to initiate the accommodation process. Visit access.ucmerced.edu for more
information.

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6. What is the Entry Level Writing Requirement?

The UC Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) is a mandatory requirement at every University of California campus. You must complete WLWR by the end of your second semester at UC Merced.

You can satisfy ELWR in a number of ways, including completion of the Writing Readiness Review or enrollment in WRI 001 at UC Merced. You can also satisfy ELWR in other ways before you enter UC Merced; see more information at this link.

To learn more about the ELWR requirement, visit www.ucop.edu/elwr.

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7. How can I get a job at UC Merced?

Working on campus while at UC Merced can be the first step in building professional skills, discovering a new passion and making lasting friendships. Your search will begin at hire.ucmerced.edu. At the bottom of the page, select CATPAWS for on-campus jobs, or CATLink for off-campus jobs and internships. You can email careercenter@ucmerced.edu to ask questions or
schedule an appointment with a career specialist.

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8. Where can I get textbooks?

UC Merced students have many options for getting their textbooks. 

Purchase your books online!

Visit bookstore.ucmerced.edu, simply enter your Student ID and start shopping online OR shop by course if you do not have your ID on hand. You will receive an email to your UC Merced email account on when your textbooks are ready for pickup anytime during business hours.

Rent your textbooks:

The Campus Store offers a textbook rental program at a fraction of the purchase price. Visit the Campus Store website or email 2203mgr@follett.com for more information. 

Purchase electronics at educational discounts:

The Campus Store is an authorized Apple reseller and sells laptops, iPads and Apple accessories at academically discounted pricing. You also can buy technology from Dell and Microsoft.

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9. What transportation and parking options are there?

On-campus parking:

Incoming first year residents and commuter freshmen are not eligible to park on campus unless special conditions apply. Visit the Transportation and Parking Services website at taps.ucmerced.edu/permits/students for more information.

CatTracks:

The campus shuttle service, CatTracks, provides transportation to local businesses and many student housing communities. Visit Cat Tracks for schedules and route information. 

Alternative transportation:

Students can also sign up for the ZipCar program, which provides hourly rental vehicles right from campus, and the carpooling service Zimride. View more information about alternative transportation options.

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10. Where can I find the UC Merced student code of conduct?

All UC Merced students must adhere to the UC Merced student code of conduct, found at http://ucm.edu/v/conduct.

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11. How do I cancel my SIR?

To cancel your SIR follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on My Admissions
  2. On the Admission Application Summary page, there will be a button called “Cancel SIR”. Click on the button
  3. When the Cancel button is clicked, a popup will display with information of what canceling the SIR will do to the application. You will need your UC Application #( a 7 digit number you received when you submitted the application) to complete this process.
  4. Once you have entered the UC Application ID into the required box and hit the confirm button, the SIR will be canceled. The screen will refresh and a new page displaying the change will show up. A confirmation email will also be sent out letting you know the SIR has been canceled and include contact information for the Housing and Orientation.

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A-Z List of UC Merced Offices and Departments

Academic Advising (All First Year Students): Bobcat Advising Center (BAC) 
Kolligian Library KL 122
209-291-9739
bac@ucmerced.edu
Make an appointment
Walk-in hours

Academic Advising: School of Engineering Advising
Science & Engineering 2, Rm. 315
Make an appointment
Walk-in hours  

Academic Advising: School of Natural Sciences Advising
Science & Engineering I, Rm. 270
Make an appointment
Walk-in hours

Academic Advising: School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Advising
Classroom & Office Building (COB), Rm. 204
Make an appointment
Walk-in hours

Admissions
209-228-7178
admissions@ucmerced.edu

Calvin E. Bright Success Center
Kolligian Library, 2nd Floor, KL 222
209-228-7252

Financial Aid
Administration Building
209-228-7178
Drop-In Hours

Health Services
H. Rajender Reddy Health Center
209-228-2273

Housing & Residence Life
209-228-4663 (CAT-HOME)
housing@ucmerced.edu

Office of Student Life
Granite Pass, Rm. 163 (main office)
209-228-5433
studentlife@ucmerced.edu

Student Accessibility Services
Kolligian Library, Rm. 117
209-228-6996
disabilityservices@ucmerced.edu

Students First Center
Administration Building
209-228-7178

Study Abroad
Study Abroad: Kolligian Library, Rm. 101 
209-228-4722
StudyAbroad@ucmerced.edu

Registrar's Office
Administration Building 
registrar@ucmerced.edu

Transportation and Parking Services
209-228-8722
taps@ucmerced.edu

Welcome Center
209-228-6316

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