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Next Steps


Using your Checklist

Many of these steps involve using your UC Merced checklist.

For tips on how to how to use your checklist, review this quick tutorial.

You're on your way to UC Merced!

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. This website will take you through the process step-by-step and provide you with the details you need to know to prepare for the 2020-21 academic year, as well as some general helpful information.

We can’t wait to see you on campus!

On this page:

Step 1: Review Your Conditions of Admission

Fall 2020 First Year Conditions of Admission thumbnail

The Office of Admissions admitted you to UC Merced with a set of conditions that must be met to ensure that your admission offer will remain intact. View the Conditions of Admission for first year and transfer students:  

Maintain eligibility and complete all courses you indicated as "in progress" or "planned" with grades of C or better. If you receive a D, F, W, NP or NC grade, or change your schedule from what you indicated on your application, you must notify the Office of Admissions immediately by completing the "myCourseUpdates" form in your student portal at Remember to submit your official transcripts and test scores by January 10, 2021.





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Step 2: Submit Your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)

Statement Intent to Register (SIR)

  • First Year Students (Spring):
    November 20, 2020
  • Transfer Students (Spring): November 20, 2020

Submit the SIR

To accept our offer of admission, you must submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by the date listed in your portal.

Log in to the portal, select MyAdmissions, and submit your SIR along with the $250 SIR deposit. You can pay online with a credit card, or complete the required form and send your payment, postmarked no later than the deadline listed in your portal, to the Cashier’s Office:

Campus Cashiering Services
P.O. Box 2450
Merced, CA 95344

You may qualify to defer their $250 SIR payment.

If you did not qualify for an SIR deferment, you can request to have your SIR fee deferred by submitting an appeal.

For questions or concerns, call 209-228-7178. Need help accessing your portal? View this tutorial.


Submit the SIR

Video: How to SIR

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Step 3: Enroll in Duo

Duo Phone ImageWithin 24 hours of submitting your SIR, you will be prompted to enroll in 2-factor authentication upon signing into any UC Merced service that requires you to log in via the Single Sign-On page (email, MyUCMerced student portal, etc).

Duo 2-Factor Authentication is designed to make sure that you are the only person who can access your UC Merced account, even if someone gets your password. Duo requires that you provide a secondary means of confirming your identity via your smartphone (the preferred method), a tablet, a landline, or a hardware token.

How do I enroll?

Follow these steps to enroll in 2-Factor Authentication.

How often will I need to authenticate with Duo?

When you authenticate, you can choose to have Duo remember you for 8 hours, but you may have to authenticate more than once per day if you use multiple browsers, computers, or devices.

Have more questions?

Check out the 2-Factor Authentication FAQ for even more information.

Enroll in Duo

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Step 4: Submit Your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR)*

 Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) Priority Deadline

  • First Year Students (Spring):
    November 25, 2020
  • Transfer Students (Spring):November 25, 2020

*If listed on your student checklist

Your SLR questionnaire needs to be completed to ensure that fees are calculated at the correct California resident rate. The information you submit will be used to determine whether you and your parents meet the requirements for California resident tuition as of the first day of instruction of the term.

Many students will have completed this requirement based on how they responded to questions in their UC application. If the SLR is listed on your checklist, you should complete it as soon as possible as failure to submit your SLR or any requested documents will affect your financial aid package and result in nonresident fees being assessed to your student account. Don't wait; this process can be completed before you submit your SIR.


Submit Your SLR

For more detailed information, visit the Office of the Registrar website.  For questions, contact (209)-228-7178 or email

Video: About the Statement of Legal Residence (SLR)

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 AWPE Exam Date - Fall Only

  • June 20, 2020 - Online

Step 5: Take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) - FALL ONLY

The May 9, 2020 UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) has been canceled. A new online option has been schedule for June 20, 2020. Information about how to register and take the exam will be sent the week of May 25. 

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Step 6: Complete Financial Aid Requirements

Documents required by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will be listed in your personal checklist in the student portal. Documents must be submitted by the priority deadline, or the deadline listed on your checklist, or your awards will be subject to cancellation. Please note that many of these documents (tax transcripts, income statements, etc.) will need to come from a parent.

 Financial Aid and Priority
Documentation Deadline

  • December 1, 2020 (Spring)

After you receive your awards:

  • Visit the MyFinancialAid section in the student portal.
  • Select “Accept/Decline Awards.”
  • Select “2020-2021 Award Year.”
  • All grants and scholarship awards will be accepted for you.
  • Choose which loans or work opportunities you’d like to accept, if applicable.
  • If you are required to complete the verification process, you will be able to accept/decline loans and work opportunities once that process is complete.

If you or your parents would like to apply for a loan, you can visit for detailed instructions.

If you did not submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA):

  • Aid may still be available even though the March 2 deadline has passed. All students will be considered for federal grants and loans throughout the year. Contact our office for assistance. Our school code is 041271.

If you did submit a FAFSA or a CADAA:

  • Confirm that you have included UC Merced’s school code (041271) on the application.
  • If UC Merced’s school code was listed, visit the student portal to view requirements or awards. If you do not see any awards, contact the Students First Center for assistance.


Email the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at or call the Students First Center at 209-228-7178.

Complete Financial Aid Requirements

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Step 7: Apply for Housing

UPDATE: The two-year residency requirement is waived for the Fall 20-21 academic year. You can apply for housing 24 hours after you submit your SIR. To receive priority consideration for your spot in the residence halls, fill out the housing preference form at by the deadline.

CalendarImportant Spring Housing Dates
  • November 15: Housing preference form/application opens 
  • November 30: Deadline for housing preference form or two-year residency exemption request

Fall Housing Forms / Application

  • First Year Students:
    November 30
  • Transfer Students:
    November 30

How much does it cost to live on campus? 

The rates for on- and off-campus housing are available at

Do I need to pay the whole contract amount at once?

No. Although the contract commitment is for a full academic year, you are billed by the semester. You have the option to pay the semester in full (about half the total contract amount), or you can apply for the Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) in MyBill in the student portal. 


Apply for Housing

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Step 8: Sign Up for Orientation

New Student Orientation is a two-part experience and is a requirement for all new students. Your Orientation experiences will provide valuable information and activities to help jumpstart your transition to UC Merced.

Online Orientation – Build relationships, explore resources, reflect on your goals and learn more about what it means to be a Bobcat!

Reservations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to register your parents, guardians and supporters, as we have a special program designed especially for them. The cost to attend New Student Orientation is will be posted shortly. 

CalendarImportant Orientation Dates
  • November 9 - Spring 2021 Orientation Registration Opens
  • Late December  - Deadline to register for Orientation at
  • Spring 2021 Orientation Date
    • Orientation will be held January 12, 2021.  

Orientation Registration

  • Early December

Questions? Email New Student Orientation at


Register for Orientation

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Step 9: Complete Placement Exams, Confirm Your Major, and Register for Classes

CalendarImportant Fall Registration Dates
  • By mid-November: Your academic advisor will send information about placement exams to your UC Merced email address after you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). All first year students must take the math placement exam. All first year science, engineering and Pre-Health majors also must take the chemistry placement exam by November 30. 
  • By early December: Your academic advisor will email you recommended courses based on your intended major and placement exam scores.
  • December 14: Online course registration for incoming first year and transfer students

Complete Placement Exams

Your placement exam scores, combined with your other academic data, determine your level of readiness in math and chemistry. These scores allow your academic advisor to place you in the math and/or chemistry class in which you will be most successful at UC Merced.

The deadline for students to take the MATH and CHEM placement exams for Spring 2021 is November 30, 2020, at 4 p.m. If you do not take the required exams by the deadline, you will be placed into preparatory-level math and chemistry courses.

Do I need to take the placement exams?

Visit the Natural Science advising page to see if you need to complete the placement exams.

Placement Exam Instructions


OPTIONAL Change Your Major (Fall First Year Students Only) - FALL ONLY

If you are a first year student, you can change your major by completing the major confirmation form. The major confirmation form can only be completed once, so think carefully before changing your major. Check this page for updates about the submission deadline. 



Course Registration

You will register for classes on the student portal at a randomly assigned time in December. You will register for classes BEFORE attending New Student Orientation. Your advisor will recommend courses based on your intended major, provide how-to resources for navigating the online system, and alert you to other requirements to ensure you are prepared for registration.

You can check your registration appointment time at MyRegistrationTime on the portal.


View the Registration Guide

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Step 10: Submit Admissions Documents

Transcript Deadline

  • January 10, 2021 (Spring)


  • Final, official transcripts from all high schools and higher education institutions must be postmarked or electronically submitted to the Office of Admissions. For Spring 2020, transcripts must be received by the Office of Admissions by January 10, 2021. 
  • Notify the Office of Admissions if you have difficulties getting your transcripts sent. Check the student portal frequently to confirm that we have received your official documents and to review your checklist for any unresolved items.
  • If you are an international applicant and have attended school outside of the United States, visit the student portal to view any foreign records the Office of Admissions requires.

Test Score Deadline

  • January 10, 2021 (Spring)

Test Scores

  • Official scores for ALL exams and tests you have taken must be received in the Office of Admissions by January 10 for Spring 2021.
  • You can confirm that we received your official ACT and/or SAT scores by logging in to your UC application. Do this frequently until you have confirmed that all official test scores have been received.
  • If you have sent your test scores to a UC campus and they are not listed, contact the UC Application Center at 800-207-1710 for assistance.
  • If you are an international applicant and have attended school outside of the U.S., please visit the student portal to view any external exam scores the Office of Admissions requires.

Notes for Entering Transfer Students

  • If you reported AP or IB examinations passed with acceptable scores on your application, it is recommended that you have your official test scores sent to the Office of Admissions as a condition of your admission. If AP exams appear on your checklist on the student portal, they are required, and you must contact the appropriate testing agency immediately to have your official scores sent to the Office of Admissions.

Required Admissions Documents Guide

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Step 11: Submit Proof of Immunization and Student Health Insurance Waiver

Proof of Immunization

 Proof of Immunization


  • Mid-January, 2021 (Spring)

To comply with the University of California immunization requirement, all incoming students are required to complete a TB Risk Screening Questionnaire and Immunizations Form to prove vaccination and/or immunity to measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), varicella (chickenpox), meningitis (under age 22 only) and tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap). You can find these items in the MyHealth portal at We strongly recommend that you meet TB and immunization requirements before you arrive on campus. Failure to submit proof of immunizations and TB compliance will result in a registration hold for the following semester. For more information, visit


Submit Proof of Immunization


Student Health Insurance Waiver

Student Health Insurance Waiver 


  • January 8, 2021 (Spring)

All registered UC Merced students are automatically enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) in order to meet the University of California mandate that all UC students have health insurance coverage as a nonacademic condition of enrollment. However, if you have coverage through a major medical insurance plan that meets the University’s minimum criteria for health care and do not wish to be enrolled in UC SHIP, you can waive enrollment by submitting an online waiver application.

Waiver applications can be submitted on the student portal during the fall or spring waiver periods. A new waiver application must be completed each academic year in the fall.

Complete the Waiver Criteria Worksheet at to help you gather the information you will need prior to completing the application. 

Semester Waiver Opens Waiver Deadlines Late Waiver Deadline with $50 Fee
Spring 2021 Nov. 9, 2020 Jan. 8, 2021 Mid-Jan. 2021


Submit the Student Health Insurance Waiver

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Step 12: Pay Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate fees will be assessed to your student account in MyBill. You will be responsible for paying the fees by the fee payment deadline. To access your student account, select MyBill after logging in to the student portal.

 Fee Payment Deadlines

  • Spring Deadline: TBD

How to pay?

Log in to the student portal and select MyBill to view the amount you owe. Balances not paid by the payment deadline are subject to a $50 late fee and a hold on your student account.

Payment methods:

  • Online: Credit card and eCheck payments
  • In person: Cash, checks and money orders
  • By mail: Checks and money orders

Financial aid disbursements

Financial aid will disburse (post) to student accounts no sooner than 10 days prior to the first day of instruction of each term. These requirements must be met:

• Generally, you must be enrolled in at least 12 units unless approved for part-time instruction.

• Submit all required documentation.

• Accept all aid before your aid can be disbursed to your account.

Deferred Payment Plan

The Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) offers the option to pay registration fees and on-campus housing costs (if applicable) in four monthly installments per semester. To qualify for the DPP, you must owe more than $500 after authorized financial aid. You must request to enroll in the DPP every semester. The first installment plus the nonrefundable $40 participation fee must be paid at the time you enroll. To enroll, log in to the student portal, select MyBill, then select Deferred Payment Plan.

Electronic Refunds (EFT)

You should sign up for Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) if you are expecting a refund. With EFT, you have the convenience of your refund going directly to your bank account. Those funds will be accessible in 1 to 3 business days. Students who have not enrolled in EFT must pick up a paper check at Campus Cashiering Services. You can sign up for EFT using the Electronic Student Refund link in the student portal.

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Step 13: Move-in Day

On-Campus Residents

Move-in Dates


  • Spring: January 17, 2021

Move-in Day: January 17, 2021

What's Included in Your Room

  • 1 twin 5-position adjustable bed with an extra-long twin mattress (80”x30”)
  • 1 desk
  • 1 desk chair
  • 1 lockable drawer (bring your own lock)
  • Under-bed drawers
  • Closet space
  • 1 TV cable jack (cord not included)
  • 1 telephone jack
  • High-speed ethernet jack for each resident (wireless Internet only in Glacier Point and Granite Pass)
  • Wireless Internet

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Step 14: Complete Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Training

All New Incoming Students

VIP  Deadline

  • Attend a training no later than the first 6 weeks of the fall semester

Preventing sexual violence, dating/domestic violence and stalking are top priorities for UC Merced. The UC Office of the President (UCOP) requires that all incoming students complete a Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) training within the first 6 weeks of school starting.

The Campus Advocacy, Resource and Education (CARE) office provides VIP in-person trainings to bring awareness of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking, bystander intervention strategies and campus resources
You can complete this requiremend by attending a session during Orientation or during the first 6 weeks of school. Registration for VIP workshops during summer Orientation is limited.

Additional Information

Visit the CARE website for more details about the VIP program and ways to satisfy this requirement.

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