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
- Step 2: Submit Your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)
- Step 3: Enroll in Duo
- Step 4: Submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR)
- Step 5: Take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)
- Step 6: Complete Financial Aid Requirements
- Step 7: Apply for Housing
- Step 8: Sign Up for Orientation
- Step 9: Complete Placement Exams, Change Your Major and Register for Classes
- Step 10: Submit Admissions Documents
- Step 11: Submit Proof of Immunization and Student Health Insurance Waiver
- Step 12: Pay Tuition and Fees
- Step 13: Move-in Day
- Step 14: Complete Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Training
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:
- Fall 2020 First Year Student Conditions of Admission (pdf)
- Fall 2020 Transfer Student Conditions of Admission (pdf)
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 my.ucmerced.edu. Remember to submit your official transcripts by July 1, 2020 and test scores by July 15, 2020.
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.
Video: How to SIR
Within 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.
*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.
Video: About the Statement of Legal Residence (SLR)
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.
Documents required by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will be listed in your personal checklist in the my.ucmerced.edu 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.
After you receive your awards:
- Visit the MyFinancialAid section in the my.ucmerced.edu 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 financialaid.ucmerced.edu/types-aid/loans 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 my.ucmerced.edu 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 email@example.com or call the Students First Center at 209-228-7178.
UC Merced requires ALL incoming first year undergraduate students to live on campus for two academic years, unless they qualify for a residency exemption waiver. 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 housing.ucmerced.edu/apply by the deadline.
- March 2: Housing preference form/application opens
- June 1: Deadline for first year housing preference form or two year residency exemption request
- June 5: Transfer housing application due
How much does it cost to live on campus?
The rates for on- and off-campus housing are available at housing.ucmerced.edu.
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 my.ucmerced.edu student portal.
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.
There are two parts to your Orientation experience:
- Online Pre-Orientation – Complete this hourlong online experience at least 2 weeks prior to your on-campus Orientation date.
- 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.
- April 20, 2020 - Fall 2020 Orientation Registration Opens
- June 1, 2020 - Deadline to register for Orientation at orientation.ucmerced.edu
- Fall 2020 Orientation Dates
Tuesday, June 23rd
Saturday, June 27th
Tuesday, June 30th* (Spanish Parent & Guest Session)
Tuesday, July 7th
Friday, July 10th (Transfer Student Orientation)
Tuesday, July 14th
Saturday, July 18th* (Spanish Parent & Guest Session)
Tuesday, July 21st (Spanish translation available for Parents & Guests)
Saturday, July 25th (English and Spanish Parent & Guest Sessions)
Questions? Email New Student Orientation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- By June: 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 June 1.
- By mid-June: Your academic advisor will email you recommended courses based on your intended major and placement exam scores.
- June 22-26: 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 Fall 2020 is June 1, 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.
OPTIONAL Change Your Major (Fall First Year Students Only) - Fall 2020
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.
You will register for classes on the my.ucmerced.edu student portal at a randomly assigned time in June. 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 my.ucmerced.edu portal.
- Final, official transcripts from all high schools and higher education institutions must be postmarked or electronically submitted to the Office of Admissions on or before July 1, 2020 for Fall 2020. For Spring 2020, transcripts must be received by the Office of Admissions by Jan. 10, 2021.
- Notify the Office of Admissions if you have difficulties getting your transcripts sent. Check the my.ucmerced.edu 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 my.ucmerced.edu student portal to view any foreign records the Office of Admissions requires.
- Official scores for ALL exams you have taken must be received in the Office of Admissions by July 1 for Fall 2020. For Spring 2021, test scores must be received in the Office of Admissions by Jan. 10, 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 my.ucmerced.edu 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 my.ucmerced.edu 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.
Proof of Immunization
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 myhealth.ucmerced.edu. 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 health.ucmerced.edu/immunizations.
Student Health Insurance Waiver
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 my.ucmerced.edu 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 health.ucmerced.edu/waiver 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|
|Fall 2020||May 1, 2020||Aug. 1, 2020||Aug. 9, 2020|
|Spring 2021||Mid-Nov. 2021||Early Jan. 2021||Mid-Jan. 2021|
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 my.ucmerced.edu student portal.
How to pay?
Log in to the my.ucmerced.edu 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.
- 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 my.ucmerced.edu 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 my.ucmerced.edu student portal.
Move-in Day: August 22-23, 2020
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
All New Incoming Students
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.
Visit the CARE website for more details about the VIP program and ways to satisfy this requirement.