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First Year & Transfer Students

Students wearing welcome home t-shirtWelcome, First Year & Transfer Students

We are so pleased that you have decided to join us! During the next few months, there are some steps you must take before enrolling at UC Merced. We'll guide you through the process step-by-step. We can’t wait to see you on campus!

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Information & Resources

Below you'll find information that will help you get settled into the newest University of California campus.

Conditions of Admission

Dates & Deadlines

Admitted Student eNewsletters

Your Next Steps

View our guide on your next steps as an admitted student.

Required Documents

Official documents such as transcripts and test scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions by the deadlines for your admission to remain intact.

Let Us Know About Course Updates

Please be sure to notify the Office of Admissions immediately if you receive grades of "D" or "F," or if you drop or withdraw from courses listed on your application or academic update. To do so, follow the instructions under MyCourseUpdates in the UC Merced Connect Platform. If you have any questions, call (209) 228-7178.

RemindersStudent in dorm

Events for Fall 2023 Admitted Students: Attend our admitted student events or sign up for a campus tour.  

From the Housing Office: We encourage you to visit the Housing website to learn more about your housing options. Please note: You can only apply for housing 24 hours after you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

From the Financial Aid Office: We encourage you to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. If you have already submitted your FAFSA make sure to update it with our school code. The UC Merced school code is 041271. You can find more information on the Financial Aid website.

A Special Message to International Students

We are happy you are considering UC Merced! Read on to learn more information about our campus. Email or contact our International Office at if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Students First Center

As a UC Merced student, you will inherit a wealth of resources, including our customer-friendly and always helpful Students First Center (SFC). If you have any questions, the SFC is a great place to start. See our SFC website for more information about our team and to learn about our other student services.

Tour of UC MercedVisit Us!

If you've never been to UC Merced, or if it has been a while, come see what's new! Visit the Campus Tours page for more information. You can register for tours using our events calendar. Please call us at (209) 228-7178 if you encounter difficulties while trying to register.

Prospective students and their families are invited to attend one of our many campus events to learn more about UC Merced and all we have to offer! 

We Want to Help

UC Merced Admissions staff members are available to answer any questions you may have about our campus and the admission process, or help you RSVP for an event. You can email us at or call (209) 228-7178.

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