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Using your Checklist

Many of these steps involve using your UC Merced checklist.

For tips on 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 2022-23 academic year, as well as some general helpful information.

We can’t wait to see you on campus and don't forget to attend events designed just for you!

On this page:

Step 1: Review Your Conditions of Admission

Fall 2022 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 Remember, for Fall 2023: Official transcripts must be received by the Office of Admissions by July 1, 2023. Official scores for all exams and tests you have taken must be received in the Office of Admissions by July 15, 2023.



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Step 2: Accept Your Offer of Admission! (Submit Your SIR)

Statement Intent to Register (SIR)

  • First Year Students - Spring
    November 30
  • Transfer Students - Spring November 30 

Accept Your Offer of Admissions (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 UC Merced Connect platform, select My Admissions, and submit your SIR along with the $250 SIR deposit. You can pay online with a credit card, by eCheck, 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 a 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 the platform? View this tutorial.


Accept Your Offer of Admission (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, platform, 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 2023): November 20, 2022
  • Transfer Students (Spring 2023): November 20, 2022

*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


Step 5: Apply for Housing

 Housing Deadline

  • Housing Application Opens: October 17
  • Deadline to sign housing contract: January 2, 2023, 11:59 PM, PST

If you are interested in living on campus you will need to complete a housing application 48 hours after submitting your SIR. Once your application is submitted, your application will be reviewed, and you will then receive an email to return and sign your contract. Living on campus is not required.

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 at



Apply for Housing

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Step 6:  Complete Placement Exams, Self-Report AP, IB & College Courses Taken in High School, Change Your Major and Register for Classes

CalendarImportant Spring Registration Dates
  • October / 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 must take the chemistry exam.

  • All first-year computer science & engineering (CSE) or math—CSE emphasis majors must take the CSE placement exam. The CSE exam is also strongly recommended for management and business economics (MBE) majors since passing the CSE exam may satisfy a requirement in the MBE major.

  •  All first years who have not satisfied the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) must complete the Writing Readiness Review.  For information on how you can satisfy the ELWR requirement, please visit Requirements | University of California.

  • December 7 - 8: Your academic advisor will email you recommended courses based on your intended major and placement exam scores.
  • Monday, December 12: Online registration for first-year and transfer students for Spring 2023 classes.

A. Complete Placement Exams

Your placement exam scores, combined with your other academic data, determine your level of readiness in writing, math, chemistry, and computer science and engineering classes. These scores allow your academic advisor to place you in the writing, math, chemistry, and/or computer science and engineering class that you qualify to take at UC Merced.

If you choose not to take the required placement exams by the deadline, you will be placed into the preparatory class in that subject (math, chem, CSE, writing) if it is required for your intended major and degree.

UC Merced has 4 required placement exams for first year students:

For more details on these exams, please visit the Bobcat Advising Center site.

B. Course Registration

You will register for classes on the portal at a randomly assigned time on Monday, December 12. You will receive individualized course recommendations December 7-8 sent to your UC Merced email based on your placement exam results and any AP/IB exam scores or college transcripts that you have submitted to UC Merced. 

You will register for classes BEFORE attending New Student Orientation on Friday, January 13. Your academic 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 My Registration Time portal.
View the Registration Guide

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Step 7: Complete Financial Aid Requirements

Documents required by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will be listed in your personal checklist in the platform. 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

  • Spring 2023: December 1, 2022. Verification Priority Deadline.
    Refer to your Connect Checklist or check your email for more information.

After you receive your awards:

  • Visit the MyFinancialAid section at
  • Select “Accept/Decline Awards.”
  • Select “2022-2023 Award Year” (Spring 2023 admits).
  • 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 if 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 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 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.

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. More information on registering will be available by October 22 on the orientation site. 

Registration fees are:

$110 students, $100 per parent / registered guest

CalendarImportant Orientation Dates


  • Spring 2023 Orientation Date: Friday, January 13, 2023


Orientation Registration

  • Registration opens: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
  • Registration deadline: January 4, 2023

Questions? Email New Student Orientation at


Register for Orientation

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Step 9: Submit Admissions Documents

Transcript Deadline

  • January 10, 2023 - Spring 2023
  • July 1, 2023 - Fall 2023

A. Transcripts

  • Final, official transcripts from all high schools and higher education institutions must be postmarked or electronically submitted to the Office of Admissions. For Fall 2023, transcripts must be received by the Office of Admissions by July 1, 2023. 
  • Notify the Office of Admissions if you have difficulties getting your transcripts sent. Check frequently to confirm that we have received your official documents and to review your checklist for any unresolved items.
  • College transcripts are required for all college courses taken, including dual enrollment classes that appear on your high school transcript.
  • 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, 2023 - Spring 2023
  • July 15, 2023 - Fall 2023

B. Test Scores 

  • Official scores for ALL exams and tests you have taken must be received in the Office of Admissions by July 15, 2023 for Fall 2023.
  • 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.

C. 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, 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 10: Submit Proof of Immunization

Proof of Immunization

 Proof of Immunization


  • January 17, 2023 (Spring 2023)

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 


  • Spring 2023 - Opens: November 12, 2022
  • Spring 2023 - Deadline: January 8, 2023

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 non-academic 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 at 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
Fall May 1 August 1 Mid-August
Spring  November 12 January 8 TBD


Submit the Student Health Insurance Waiver

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Step 11: 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 student portal.

 Fee Payment Deadlines

  • Fall 2022 Deadline: August 17
  • Spring 2023 Deadline: January 11

How to pay?

Log in to the platform 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 platform, select MyBill, then select Deferred Payment Plan.

  • Fall 2022 Deferred Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st Payment Due: August 17, 2022
    • 2nd Payment Due: September 20, 2022
    • 3rd Payment Due: October 20, 2022
    • 4th Payment Due: November 21, 2022
  • Spring 2023 Deferred Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st Payment Due: January 11, 2023
    • 2nd Payment Due: February 21, 2023
    • 3rd Payment Due: March 20, 2023
    • 4th Payment Due: April 20, 2023


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 platform.

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Step 12: Move-in Days

On-Campus Residents

Move-in Dates


  • Spring 2023: Move-in for Spring 2023 will take place in mid-January 2023. Specific assigned dates and time coming soon.
  • Students will be assigned a specific move-in date and time. You will be emailed. t with this information.

Move-in for Spring 2023 will take place in mid-January 2023. Specific assigned dates and time coming soon. Students will be assigned a specific move-in day and time via their UC Merced email by the first week of August: 

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 13: Complete Violence Intervention and Prevention Training

All New Incoming Students


  • Attend this online training no later than the first 6 weeks of the semester state date

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 the EVERFI Sexual Violence Prevention Training within the first 6 weeks of school starting.

The Campus Advocacy, Resource and Education (CARE) office provides online training to bring awareness of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking, bystander intervention strategies and campus resources.

Additional Information

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

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