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UC Merced Connect Platform and the Student Checklist

How to Log In to the UC Merced Connect Platform

  1. Visit the student portal at

  2. If you’re a first-time user, you must claim your UCMNetID and create a password. To do so, you will need the email address you used on your University of California application. Please note: You'll need to use the preferred first name you provided on your UC application to claim your account. You can confirm the preferred first name you provided by logging into the UC application.

  3. Enter your UCMNetID and password, then click Login.

  4. You will be redirected to the UC Merced Connect homepage.

If you need help logging in, contact the Students First Center.


About the UC Merced Connect Platform

If you have submitted your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), you've already used the student platform. The Connect Platform is an important resource that you'll use throughout your time at UC Merced. There, you will find updated, secure, 24-hour access to comprehensive information about Financial Aid, Admissions, registration, records and more.

Student services found in your portal:

Your checklist

On your personalized checklist, you can find all of the requirements that you need complete and the dates they need to be completed. 

Each student has different Financial Aid, Admissions, registration and residency requirements that need to be fulfilled, so your checklist might not look the same as your friend's or classmate's. Learn more about taking advantage of your checklist.

Financial Aid, Admissions and your student account

  • 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

For more detailed information about using your checklist, visit the Student's First Center.

Your UC Merced email account

You will be provided with a UC Merced email address when you submit your SIR. It's important that you check your UC Merced email, because that is where we send important information. Once you've logged in to connect, you can access your email by clicking on the WebMail tab at the top of the page.

You can opt to forward University email communications to a different account. If you do so, 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.

The fine print:

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

Acceptable Use Policy:
The first time you logged in to the student portal, you were asked to read and agree to the terms of the Information Technology Resources Acceptable Use Policy. In case you didn't read the terms before checking the box, we'd like to remind you that you are required to abide by all associated state and federal laws and adhere to University policies when connected to the UC Merced network, or when using any of the University's network-based tools and resources. Although we recommend you review the terms at the link above, here is a highlight of the items you should be most aware of: No illegal sharing of copyrighted or licensed materials, no unauthorized use of University systems, no stalking, no spamming, and no use of University network resources for commercial gain.